Crusader Kings 3 lets you play as bisexual rulers or asexual. Paradox has tweaking how it presents sexuality and gender
Crusader Kings 3 Bisexual Ruler is an option to choose when playing the game. Aside from bisexual you can also choose asexuality and child sexuality preferences.
“CK3 truly is a diverse game; it spans a map of nearly half the world and almost six centuries of history,” reads the latest dev diary. “This world is inhabited by a myriad of titles, cultures, faiths, and characters. It’s been our goal to represent all of these things with a great level of detail and accuracy to give you all a deeply immersive experience with more dynamic elements and player choice than ever before.”
Sexuality in Crusader Kings 3 will have its own system, says the development team, and the game doesn’t have heteronormativity (where heterosexuality is the default). Choosing not to make a character’s sexuality a trait makes it easier for the developers to handle and makes it “more visible in the interface” for players.
The development team also offered a tease of how a character’s sexuality can be shaped in Crusader Kings 3. Children in the game define their sexualities at age 10 and this won’t change from then on.
Sexuality will also be affected by Crusader Kings 3’s Faith system, where same-sex sexual acts may be seen as sinful or criminal. There are Game Rules that can be changed to make one of the four sexual identities more common than the other or to make them all equal however, which could provide some way around this.
You can also tweak the dominance of different sexualities, just like gender, so you have the option to start a game where being asexual is the most common. As well as being more diverse and welcoming, this also sounds like great news for the simulation. I’d love to see what the medieval world looks like and how things might play out differently if it was a matriarchy or most people were asexual. That’s what Crusader Kings is all about—seeing how history could have played out differently.
It all sounds very promising, then, especially as it’s being taken into account now, during development, rather than after the fact and with DLC. When we’ll be able to get our hands on Crusader Kings 3 remains to be seen, but it is due out this year.