Everything announced at PDX Con 2021: From Victoria 3 to a Crusader Kings 3 expansion

Crusader Kings 3 Royal Court Key Art
Crusader Kings 3 Royal Court Key Art (Image credit: Paradox Interactive)

Paradox Interactive is the publisher behind incredible games like Crusader Kings 3, Cities: Skylines, and Stellaris, many of which are even available through Xbox Game Pass on Xbox and PC. Today, Paradox held its (usually) yearly PDX Con event, which was all-digital this time around, to announce all the biggest things coming from in the future. To make sure you don't miss a thing, we've rounded up everything announced at PDX Con 2021 for your convenience.

All the biggest announcements at PDX Con 2021

While there were many announcements and updates at PDX Con 2021, four in particular stood above the rest. Here are the biggest announcements at PDX Con 2021 you should definitely keep an eye on.

Victoria 3 — Coming to PC and Xbox Game Pass for PC

The biggest announcement at PDX Con 2021 was undoubtedly the reveal of Victoria 3, which marks the return of the long-dormant Victoria grand strategy series after over a decade-long hiatus. If you're a fan of grand strategy games, Victoria 3 is absolutely one to keep an eye on.

If you want to know more about Victoria 3, check out our Victoria 3 announcement post. Here's a quick breakdown of what you need to know about Victoria 3.

  • It's an In-depth society simulator with over 100 societies to choose from.
  • Accurate industrial era world with detailed population individuals, groups, and interest groups.
  • There are layers of politics, science and tech, and economics to unravel.
  • There's a focus on diplomacy and negotiation over war and aggression.
  • Multiple ways to play from economic micromanaging to political manipulation.
  • You can choose between different society sizes with minor, major, and great powers.

Victoria 3 doesn't have a release date yet, but it looks like it could be an incredibly exciting addition to the growing grand strategy genre. Players who are more than happy to sink hours into a single game should keep their eyes on Victoria 3, which is coming from Paradox Interactive at some point in the future. Victoria 3 will be PC-only, but it will be available through Xbox Game Pass for PC. You can see more images of Victoria 3 below.

Empire of Sin — "Make It Count" expansion

Empire of Sin already made headlines recently by announcing its first major free content expansion, The Precinct. Still, Paradox made it clear Empire of Sin isn't done impressing by announcing its very premium paid expansion at PDX Con 2021, called Make It Count.

Here's what you need to know about Empire of Sin: Make It Count.

  • Adds a new boss with Murder, Inc. founder Meyer Lansky.
  • Adds a new profession called The Fixer, which specializes in conflict mediation, area control, streamlined economics, and loan sharking.
  • Has a new racket with loan sharks, which grants passive income out of existing storefronts, requires a Fixer, and adds a new layer of risk and reward.
  • New maps, missions, and much more additional content.

Empire of Sin: Make It Count currently will arrive alongside the free "The Precint" update sometime in 2021, and it should be included with the Empire of Sin Expansion Pass, which you can get in the game's Premium Edition. If you want to see more of the Make It Count premium DLC, you can check out some additional images below. Empire of Sin is available through Xbox Game Pass on PC, console, and Xbox Cloud Gaming.

Crusader Kings III — "The Royal Court" expansion

Next up we have Crusader Kings 3, an already excellent grand strategy game that is getting its next paid expansion with The Royal Court. This should definitely be an exciting addition for Crusader Kings 3 players, as a ton of sweet new content is included.

  • Adds The Royal Court, a new player hub where successes and achievements can be seen.
  • Build up the grandeur of your Royal Court by spending money, holding court, receiving gifts, and more.
  • Collect items and artifacts that have age, histories, and can even decay over time.
  • Fill new court positions like the antiquarian, tutors, and food tasters.
  • Huge changes to culture and ethos, including hybrid cultures and cultural divergence.
  • Huge updates to traditions, which can provide niche effects to cultures and are more separated from religion.

Crusader Kings 3: The Royal Court doesn't have a release date yet, but it should be included in the Crusader Kings 3 Expansion Pass, which you can purchase in its Royal Edition. If you want to see more of The Royal Court paid DLC, you can see more images below. Crusader Kings 3 is available through Xbox Game Pass for PC.

Prison Architect — "Second Chances" expansion

Prison Architect is a charming game on Xbox and PC that has a surprising amount of depth. At PDX Con 2021, Paradox announced Prison Architect's fifth DLC expansion, called Second Chances. As the name implies, Second Chances is all about prisoner rehabilitation.

Here's what you need to know about Prison Architect: Second Chances.

  • Prisoners now have a reoffending rate that wardens need to monitor.
  • Multiple factors contribute to a prisoner's reoffending rate, which can either fine or reward the player.
  • Different reformation programs are available like therapy dogs, consultation, conflict resolution, and civilian mentorship.
  • Two new job room types: bakery and restaurant, which give prisoners real-world job experience.
  • Wardens can now adjust wages for all job types, monitor reoffending rates for the whole prison or individuals, customize prisoner uniform colors, and more.

Prison Architect: Second Chances launches on PC, Xbox, and PlayStation on June 16, 2021. The Switch release follows closely behind on June 29. Prison Architect is available through Xbox Game Pass for PC. You can see more pictures of Prison Architect: Second Chances below.

All the announcements at PDX Con 2021

It's easy for smaller announcements to slip through the cracks left behind by headlining news like Victoria 3. Of course, we're helping ensure you don't miss anything with a list of all the announcements at PDX Con 2021.

Hearts of Iron IV five-year anniversary & "No Step Back" update

Cities: Skylines "Trains Stations" & "Bridges & Piers" Content Creator Packs — Available today

Stellaris: Console Edition Expansion Pass 4 & five-year anniversary — June 17

Surviving Mars soundtrack vinyl release

Pre-order the Surviving Mars vinyl soundtrack from here.

Empire of Sin: Make It Count

Crusader Kings III: The Royal Court

Prison Architect: Second Chances — June 16 & June 29

Victoria 3

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