Blood counts for a lot in Crusader Kings II. In fact, it pretty much counts for everything, which is perhaps not surprising in a game all about building a dynasty across centuries. However, Paradox are to build upon their fantastic grand strategy title by introducing a spot of capitalism to proceedings, giving players the chance to become the head of a Patrician family in a burgeoning Merchant Republic, and build a mercantile empire to conquer the known world.Here's the host of coming features from the official blurb:
- Experience a new and different type of game by playing as one of the great merchant republics of Venice, Genoa, Pisa, the Hanseatic League or Gotland.
- As the head of a Patrician family, you must guide your Republican dynasty through fortune and misfortune in a world dominated by kings and emperors.
- Build Trade Posts and expand your mercantile empire by controlling the sea lanes and coasts of Europe... and defend it against rival Patricians, Republics and greedy feudal lords.
- Improve your trade posts and your prestigious family palace with dozens of unique new buildings.
- Compete in the Doge elections, compensating for lack of age and prestige by investing money in your campaign fund.
- Survive feuds with other Patrician families and plot to seize trade posts from your rivals; new plot and many special events for characters in the Republics.
- New Republican skin for the interface.
- Unique clothes and ship models for Republics.
Crusader Kings II: The Republic is set for release in Q1 2013, across all major digital download portals for $9.99 USD. You can read our Crusader Kings II review here.