Crusader Kings 3 Tours and Tournaments: Release date & gameplay

Crusader Kings 3 Tours and Tournaments: Release date & gameplay
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Written by 

Tarran Stockton

Published 

4th Apr 2023 16:00

Crusader Kings 3 Tours and Tournaments is the latest expansion pack to be added to the game, bringing with it a litany of new features themed around grand events that you can host or partake in. 

Crusader Kings 3 is a popular grand strategy role-playing game, where you take control of a dynasty during the early-Middle Ages, making decisions which influence the realm and characters around you, along with your overall dynasty. Like the previous game in the series, new systems and features are added with expansions, allowing Paradox to build upon the game over time. 

So, if you want a full breakdown of the Crusader Kings 3 Tours and Tournaments release date and gameplay features, we've got you covered. 

Crusader Kings 3 Tours and Tournaments release date

Crusader Kings 3 Tours and Tournaments is confirmed to be launching on May 11, 2023, which is roughly five weeks away as of writing this. 

The expansion will only launch for PC on that date, as the console version of the game is much further behind, with the previous expansion Royal Court still not available there. 

You can purchase Tours and Tournaments alone for £24.99 ($29.99/€29.99), or as part of the Chapter II pack for £29.50 ($34.99/€34.99), which will feature other smaller DLCs that release over the next few months

Crusader Kings 3 Tours and Tournaments gameplay

Crusader Kings 3 Tours and Tournaments gameplay tournament
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The Crusader Kings 3 Tours and Tournaments expansion gameplay is based around grand activities and extravagant events that you can both host, and take part in, giving players more choice and role-playing elements.

An example of the gameplay opportunities presented with the expansion is that you could head off to a grand wedding and leave an ambitious vassal behind to rule the realm and sow chaos behind your back. 

Crusader Kings 3 Tours and Tournaments gameplay wedding
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Here are the main gameplay features of Tours and Tournaments

  • Grand tournaments - Host a demonstration of feats of arms to attract nobles and knights.
  • Grand tours - Explore your realm, taking stock of vassals to gift them or extort them with higher taxes. 
  • Grand weddings - Host an elaborate ceremony for your own wedding, or a family member's wedding, using it to win over vassals and demonstrate your power. 
  • Travel system - As well as hosting these events, you can be invited to them too. Visit these activities and choose your own route, taking the safer road through civilised lands, or the quick and dangerous route over mountains and through deep forests. 
  • Knightly accolades - Honour your favourite and most loyal knights with unique titles and special accolades that reward them bonuses. 
  • New armour designs - A tonne of new historically accurate armours across various centuries have been integrated as part of the tournament and accolades systems. 
  • New western clothing - A variety of new clothing designs have been added to trace the history of fashion from the start of the Medieval era up until the end. 

On top of the above features that are exclusive to the Crusader Kings 3 Tours and Tournaments expansion, there will be a major free update for all owners of the game. We don't know exactly what will be added in the free update that's not part of the expansion but expect some new content regardless.

Crusader Kings 3 Chapter II

Crusader Kings 3 Chapter II
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The Chapter II expansion pass will feature four new major and minor expansions, including Tours and Tournaments itself. 

In addition to this, you can get the following:

  • Wards and Wardens - A new event pack that adds greater depth and more interactions to the system for raising and educating children. You can potentially ruin personal connections, failing to pass on traits to children, or create lifelong bonds that last generations. Set to launch in Q3 of 2023.
  • Legacy of Persia - This new flavour pack lets you take part in the struggle for land and power between the Euphrates and Indus. Paying close attention to the history of Medieval Persia, the DLC adds new systems relating to clan governance, the Islamic and Zoroastrian religions, and more. Set to launch in Q4 of 2023.
  • Elegance of the Empire - This cosmetic expansion adds the finest clothing, inspired by the historic regalia of the 11th-century rulers of the Holy Roman Empire. Expect new robes and dresses, along with new crowns and more. This is exclusive to the Chapter II bundle, but will be unlocked instantly upon purchase. 

It's also worth mentioning that the Chapter II expansion pass bundle has dynamic pricing, so if you purchase Tours and Tournaments first, you can get the whole bundle at a cheaper price later on. 

That's all for our breakdown of the Crusader Kings 3 Tours and Tournaments release date, and now you know when to expect the major expansion, what the main features are, and the other DLCs that are part of Chapter II.

Make sure to also check out our list of the Crusader Kings 3 best starts.

Tarran is a Senior Guides Writer at GGRecon. He previously wrote reviews for his college newspaper before studying Media and Communication at university. His favourite genres include role-playing games, strategy games, and boomer shooters - along with anything indie. You can also find him in the pit at local hardcore shows.

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