Crusader Kings 3 to Bring Back Same-Sex Marriage Mods After Block
Same-sex marriage mods will return to Crusader Kings 3 in an upcoming update after they were blocked from the game last month.
Crusader Kings 3 publisher, Paradox Interactive, told RockPaperShotgun in March that the block on same-sex marriage was intentional, but not done to actively discourage same-sex marriage mods or outright prevent them from the game.
The block was made because before the 1.3 update in March, “same-sex concubinage was unintentionally possible to mod in” and while Paradox Interactive wasn’t against that, the mods “had the potential to cause a variety of errors.”
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Back when the 1.3 update dropped in March, modders were met with an error that said “Illegal concubinage: <Character> is the same gender as their concubinist, so they can’t become a concubine,” according to RockPaperShotgun. After reaching out to the publisher about the cause of this error, Paradox Interactive told RockPaperShotgun that the change “was a part of a set of fixes around concubine-related behaviors in the game, leading to buggy outcomes like concubines being assigned to dead people.”
Paradox said the fix was not made to deliberately stop players from adding same-sex marriage mods to the game.
“The issue is that the way some features were implemented in the base game, at this point, make official legal same sex partnerships difficult to mod in without breaking a lot of stuff,” Paradox Interactive told RockPaperShotgun. “The CK3 team, and Paradox as a whole, are very conscious of representation in our games, and same-sex lovers have been included in CK3 since launch — but we know this is not the same thing as a formal relationship. This is something we support, since allowing everyone to tell their story is a big part of our values.”
But this will change soon according to a blog post from Paradox Interactive. “In 1.3, we explicitly restricted it in code as part of fixing a concubine-related bug, believing it’d never been possible at all. Since then, we’ve made changes to properly support same-sex concubinage, and it will come alongside other modding improvements in 1.3.X.”
Paradox Interactive says it will support same-sex marriage for mods in the 1.4 update coming after 1.3.X., which isn’t the actual name of the update — the blog post says the current name is “due to the exact version number being unknown at this time.” Due to “larger technical risks surrounding it, it was not feasible to include that (support for same-sex marriage mods) in 1.3.X,” according to the blog post.
“We need more time to test it to ensure that this support does not introduce bugs in the vanilla game,” the post continues. “We’re really looking forward to being able to support more diverse experiences with this mod support.”
While same-sex marriage mods aren’t currently allowed in Crusader Kings 3, the 1.3.X update, which doesn’t yet have a release date, will bring some changes that will make the official support for the mods coming in the 1.4 update possible.
While waiting for those updates to drop, check out our thoughts on the game in the official IGN Crusader Kings 3 review and then check out this Crusader Kings 3: Northern Lords release trailer. Watch this Crusader Kings 3: Northern Lords feature breakdown video after that.
Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guide maker for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes.