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News video games 09 February 2022, 14:01

author: Adrian Werner

Crusader Kings 3 Revives on Steam Despite Disappointing Royal Court DLC

The Royal Court DLC for Crusader Kings 3 launched yesterday, and it's collecting mixed reviews from the players, but it's still led to a threefold increase in the game's activity figures.

Yesterday saw the release of Crusader Kings III: Royal Court, the first big expansion for the popular strategy game from Paradox. Looking at what's happening on Steam, the DLC has reignited interest in CK3.

Crusader Kings 3 with impressive activity scores on Steam thanks to the DLC

At the hottest moment of yesterday, Crusader Kings 3 was being played by 63,229 people at the same time. This is mainly due to the release of the Royal Court DLC. The activity record on February 1 (a week before the release of the DLC) was 15,179 people. So it was more than four times lower.

In the last three months, the daily activity records reached between 10 and 20 thousand players. The impact of the release of the DLC and accompanying update on the increased interest in CK3 is obvious.

Player ratings are far from good

The DLC has renewed interest in CK3, but opinions on the DLC's quality are divided. On Steam only 56% of user ratings of Royal Court are positive, which the service categorizes as "mixed reception".

The main criticism is the poor technical condition of the add-on, including so many bugs that they severely hamper the gameplay. Many people also complain about the high price compared to the offered content.

The basic version of Crusader Kings III enjoys a much better opinion. On Steam 91% of players praise the game, which is categorized as a "very positive" reception. The not entirely successful release of the DLc did not affect this state of affairs. Yesterday CK3 received 203 positive notes and only 20 negative ones.

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Adrian Werner

Adrian Werner

A true veteran of the Gamepressure newsroom, writing continuously since 2009 and still not having enough. He caught the gaming bug thanks to playing on his friend's ZX Spectrum. Then he switched to his own Commodore 64, and after a short adventure with 16-bit consoles, he forever entrusted his heart to PC games. A fan of niche productions, especially adventure games, RPGs and games of the immersive sim genre, as well as a mod enthusiast. Apart from games, he devourers stories in every form - books, series, movies, and comics.