New Crusader Kings II expansion announced

Paradox Interactive has announced the newest expansion for Crusader Kings II, entitled Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods. The expansion is giving players the ability to play as a Pagan or Zoroastrian ruler, an addition Paradox claims as “highly requested”. The expansion will also allow players to set the clock back to a set date of 867 AD, making it the longest span of history covered by the game.

Why 867 AD? Paradox says that, “In the year 867 the Old Gods were still mighty. In England, the Raven Banner flew as the Great Heathen Army pillaged its way across the land, deposing kings and establishing the Danelaw. In the East, Rurik founded the state of Russia, and in the forests and steppes of central Europe, pagan tribes were on the move.”

Here is a breakdown of the features included in The Old Gods DLC:
Religious Turmoil: Restore the Old Gods to prominence through sacrifice and divination, or force the pagans to convert through new missionary missions.

Earlier start: 200 years of more gameplay with the special 867 AD bookmark.

Rebels With a Cause: Rebels are no longer faceless rabble, but led by defined characters with specific agendas.

Adventurers: Watch as landless younger sons and charismatic warriors raise armies.

Pillage and Prosper: Loot provinces and burn cities to the ground – lest your warlike people grow angry during extended peacetime!

Heathens: Convert them or play as them and survive, reforming your faith to stand the test of time.

Prepared Invasions: Declare your intent to invade a rich target, and watch adventurers and opportunists flock to your banner.

Unholy UI: A new pagan interface is available alongside all-new events, decisions, and units.

Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods will be available for PC and Mac sometime in the spring of 2013. No official release date has been announced yet.

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