The upcoming industrial grand strategy game Victoria 3 finally has a launch window, along with a new loading trailer.
Unveiled shortly after the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase during the PC Gaming Show (opens in a new section), Victoria 3 is expected to launch later this year. Although the developer Paradox has not set a specific release date, the launch in 2022 will be welcome news for fans of the series, who have been waiting for the sequel since it was revealed last year.
Created by the same studio behind Crusader Kings 3, Victoria 3 conveys the basic formula for a great Paradox strategy in the era of the Industrial Revolution. You get a country to lead in 100 years of political, economic and social upheavals beginning in 1836.
In contrast to Crusader Kings 3, however, Victoria 3 does not allow you to play as a separate ruler or dynasty, but the country itself. You will govern several aspects of the nation, judge disputes over its many demographics, pursue domestic policies to try to satisfy their desires, and maneuver between conflicts on the global stage.
Both the macro and micronutrients of your country need to be adjusted and closely monitored as you try to bring your people to prosperity. Check out the new Victoria 3 trailer below.
Unlike many other real-time turn-based and strategy games, Victoria 3 is designed to promote peaceful conflict resolution. While you can invade other nations and defend your borders through military action, Paradox says diplomatic efforts can achieve anything gained from war. When Victoria 3 was first unveiled last year, the studio wanted to present its diplomatic systems as more stable than any previous title.
However, like these other great strategy games, Victoria 3 leans heavily on alto history. Although the central campaign will be interrupted by historically significant events that were vital to the shaping of the 19th century, many nation-states around the globe will respond to your actions. Victoria 3 looks just as playful a sandbox as a historical simulator.