Jade Dragon Expansion Announced for Crusader Kings II

Paradox Interactive has announced a new expansion for Crusader Kings II.

The new expansion, titled simply “Jade Dragon,” adds the burgeoning Chinese empire as an off-map combatant. Featured above, you can view the announcement trailer for the new content.

Paradox notes that despite China not appearing directly within the player’s game map, they can radically affect the course of your game pending your relationship with the nation.

They’ll appear within a “China Screen” menu, which gives the player direct access to the Chinese Emperor, and your status. You can choose to appease the Emperor, submit and become his tributary, or even fight to become freed from his control.

Here are the key features in the expansion:

  • The Imperial Majesty Request: A new “China Screen” lays out the status and desires of the Emperor of China, letting you keep tabs on what he wants and how to earn his grace
  • Kow-tow For Now: Submit to the Empire as a tributary, always keeping an eye on the waning power of the Emperor, so you can time your escape to freedom
  • Adventure in the Great Wide Somewhere: Disgruntled princes or curious adventurers may leave China to seek their own fortune to the west.
  • Booty and the East: Collect wondrous new Chinese artifacts for your characters, and explore a new Silk Road system that adjusts returns based on China’s stability.
  • Rally Points: Instruct your levies to automatically gather up exactly where you want them.
  • Dictionary of Chinese Characters: New Chinese and Tibetan portraits and Chinese units bring the empire to life
  • Eight New Casus Bellis: You can never have enough

Further details like pricing, or a release window aren’t confirmed at this time. Crusader Kings II is currently available for PC, Mac, and Linux – over on Steam.

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