Crusader Kings II

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Crusader Kings II
Crusader Kings II Box.jpg
Developers
Publishers
Engines
Release dates
Windows
February 14, 2012
OS X
May 24, 2012
Linux
January 14, 2013
Crusader Kings II at Steam Charts
Crusader Kings II at SteamDB
 Crusader Kings II at Wikipedia
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Charlemagne

Key points

Disadvantage Performance can be poor in the later game due to the increased save game size and the increased number of calculations that have to be performed.
Disadvantage Many of the game's tutorials are broken and cause it to crash.

General information

More information Crusader Kings II Wiki
More information Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys
Amazon.com Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
GamersGate Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg DRM-free version is no longer updated or supported.[1]
Green Man Gaming Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Humble Store Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Publisher website Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Information All versions require Steam. The GamersGate DRM-free version is no longer being updated or supported.[1]
Information Steam version can be launched without Steam running.
Information Has got a lot of DLC available.

Essential improvements[edit]

Information Note that any mods installed will use the settings.txt located in the mod subfolder, e.g. %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Paradox Interactive\Crusader Kings II\A Game of Thrones\

Notable mods[edit]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file and save game data location[edit]

  Location 
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Paradox Interactive\Crusader Kings II
OS X %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Paradox Interactive\Crusader Kings II
Linux ~/.paradoxinteractive/Crusader Kings II/
Disadvantage This game does not support the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Impossible
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution Native
Multi-monitor Impossible
Field of view (FOV) Not applicable
Windowed Hackable See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable See Borderless fullscreen windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Hackable See Anisotropic filtering (AF).
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native Listed as 'Multisample Level' in game. Options are 0, 2, 4 and 8.
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Not applicable

Windowed[edit]

Fix Edit fullscreen

  1. Open settings.txt in the game data folder
  2. Change fullScreen=yes to fullScreen=no

Borderless fullscreen windowed[edit]

Information Borderless fullscreen added in patch 2.1
Information Whilst this feature is not natively supported, a similar effect can be achieved by setting the game to windowed mode and setting a custom resolution.

Fix Change native resolution and set windowed mode

  1. Open settings.txt in the game data folder
  2. Change fullScreen=yes to fullScreen=no

Now locate the line dictating resolution:

size=
{
	x=[Desired x-axis resolution value]
	y=[Desired y-axis resolution value]
}
Set the values for x and y to your monitor resolution and the game will run in a borderless fullscreen windowed mode. Note some text-blurring may occur.

Anisotropic filtering (AF)[edit]

Fix Edit anisotropic_filtering

  1. Open settings.txt in the game data folder
  2. Go to anisotropic_filtering=0
  3. Change this value to any number greater than 0 and less than 8 for varying degrees of anisotropic filtering.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Not applicable
Mouse acceleration Impossible
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Not applicable
Controller
Controller support Impossible

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native Ambient sounds and music.
Surround sound Unknown
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Impossible

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play Native
Online play Native

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking Unknown
Peer-to-peer Unknown
Dedicated Unknown
Self-hosting Unknown
Direct IP Native

Console commands[edit]

More information All the console commands can be found on the Crusader Kings II wiki. Only some of the debug commands are listed below. Discretion is advised when using the console as it is very easy to cheat with it (adding/removing traits etc.).

Press ~ (or the equivalent key above Tab on your keyboard) or Alt+Numpad 2+Numpad 1 in-game to enter console commands.

  • fullscreen - Toggles fullscreen
  • clear - Clears the console
  • debug_assert - Toggles asserts on/off
  • debug_bloom - Toggles bloom on/off
  • debug_borders - Toggles borders on/off
  • debug_citysprawl - Toggles city sprawl on/off
  • debug_dumpevents - Dumps event data to game log
  • debug_hires - Toggles terrain hires mode on/off
  • debug_info - Toggles debug info
  • debug_lines - Toggles debuglines
  • debug_nogui - Toggles GUI on/off
  • debug_nomouse - Toggles mouse scrollwheel on/off
  • debug_postfx - Toggles postFX on/off
  • debug_rivers - Toggles rivers on/off
  • debug_sky - Toggles sky on/off
  • debug_smooth - Toggles frame smoothing on/off
  • debug_terrain - Toggles terrain on/off
  • debug_textures - Dumps texture info to debug log
  • debug_tooltip - Toggles tooltips on/off
  • debug_trees - Toggles trees on/off
  • debug_water - Toggles water on/off
  • debug_wireframe - Toggles forced wireframe on/off
  • help - Print out all console commands or a specific command's description
  • observe - Switches to play no character at all
  • refresh_portraits - Refreshes all character portraits as soon as possible
  • reload filename - Reloads the gui or lua file
  • reloadinterface - Reloads the entire interface
  • reloadtexture texture-filename - Reloads the specified texture

Issues fixed[edit]

Activation code length[edit]

If your activation code is too short for the code input box upon installation, fill the additional spaces with the character 'X', e.g. for a code formatted as AAAAA-BBBBB-CCCC you would input it as AAAA-ABBB-BBCC-CCXX-XXXX-XXXX.

Graphics card stress/overheating[edit]

This is a likely cause of a game crash if your system only just meets the minimum system requirements to run the game. With such crashes, usually your graphics card will be at fault. One way to reduce stress on your graphics card is to turn off some of the more system-intensive options.

  1. Open settings.txt in the game data folder
  2. Change draw_trees=yes to draw_trees=no
  3. Change draw_rivers=yes to draw_rivers=no
  4. Change draw_postfx=yes to draw_postfx=no
  5. Change draw_sky=yes to draw_sky=no
  6. Change draw_bloom=yes to draw_bloom=no

This will prevent the game from rendering trees and thus significantly reduce the amount of information your graphics card has to process, in turn reducing the overall load on your system.[2]

Multiplayer incompatible versions[edit]

Your game version is given by "CK2 v<version> (<checksum>)" (for example, "CK2 v1.06 (YYEV)"). After a multiplayer match, its possible for the checksum to change in some PCs (for example, to "CK2 v1.06 (ZYEV)"), while the others keep the same checksum. This won't allow you to play in multiplayer due to incompatible versions. Restarting the game fixes this problem.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) NVIDIA GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon X1900
512 MB of VRAM
OS X
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core Duo 2GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon HD 6750 / NVIDIA GeForce 320 / NVIDIA GeForce 9600
Linux
Minimum
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon HD 6750 / NVIDIA GeForce 320 / NVIDIA GeForce 9600
1 GB of VRAM

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Crusader Kings II - Steam and GG Versions - The Future
  2. http://www.gamersgate.co.uk/gametutor?issue=222992