China is coming for the West in the Crusader Kings 2 Jade Dragon expansion

Crusader Kings 2: Jade Dragon

China’s coming for the Crusader Kings so they should probably be worried. Crusader Kings II: Jade Dragon adds China, not as a playable faction (give it time), but an off-map influence that needs to be bribed, persuaded, coerced, and avoided at all costs.

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Here’s the feature breakdown:

  • A new screen will let you know what China wants so you can keep them happy
  • You can even submit yourself as a tributary, and try to escape when the Emperor is weak
  • New characters will arrive from China (princes and adventurers, apparently)
  • A new set of artifacts to collect and a “Silk Road system” that governs how much money you make from trade
  • Rally points added for levies
  • Chinese and Tibetan portraits, plus Chinese units added
  • There are eight more Casus Bellis because “you can never have enough”

There was also a pun in the press release, but it was honestly so bad I’m going to spend the rest of my days trying to forget it.

No word on a release date for this yet, but it’s usually not long between the announcement and it being ready to play – expect it in a couple of months, probably.