Crusader Kings 2: Jade Dragon Release Date Announced

China will exert its true power, but from a distance.
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Crusader Kings 2: Jade Dragon Paradox Interactive

The latest expansion to Crusader Kings 2 has gotten an official release date. Jade Dragon, which introduces new China-based mechanics to the game, will come out on Nov. 16. It’s the latest major DLC for the dynasty simulation / medieval empire-building game that is now more than five years old, and it may be the last. Regardless, the new expansion will transform the Eastern regions of the game, particularly India and the heartlands of the steppe peoples.

Crusader Kings 2: Jade Dragon Release Date: November 16

Jade Dragon is an unusual Crusader Kings 2 DLC for several reasons, especially because it’s focused on China—a country that doesn’t exist on the Crusader Kings 2 map. Rather, China is represented through a variety of other mechanics and exerts its immense influence indirectly. The great empire’s strength will wax and wane over the centuries as dynasties rise and fall, as it turns inward or looks outward. China can conquer parts of the east, if it’s in an aggressive mood. And if your own empire is incredibly strong, you can launch an off-map invasion of China and put a scion of your dynasty on the throne.

Even if you never play eastern empires in Crusader Kings 2, Jade Dragon still may be of interest: It brings a lot of quality-of-life enhancements to the game, notably eight new casus bellis to start new wars, including the ability to conquer whole duchies that you are de jure liege over, wage war to free hostages, or (in the end game) attempt to conquer whole kingdoms that are more powerful than you. These new casus belli affect everyone in the game, even if you’re nowhere near China.

Here are Paradox’s official highlights of the feature list:

  • The Further East: 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
  • An Eventful History: Random events tip you off to major happenings in distant Cathay, letting you know when the Middle Kingdom might be shifting its center of gravity
  • Taoism: A Chinese religion that gives bonuses to stewardship, but spreads very slowly.
  • New Asian Tributary System: 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
  • Ambitious Adventurers: Disgruntled princes or curious adventurers may leave China to seek their own fortune to the west.
  • Amazing Riches: Collect wondrous new Chinese artifacts for your characters, and a new Silk Road system that adjusts returns based on China’s stability.
  • Chinese Characters: New Chinese and Tibetan portraits and Chinese units bring the empire to life
  • Eight New Casus Bellis: Fight!

Crusader Kings 2: Jade Dragon launches on November 16 and will run for $14.99. Are you interested?

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