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Paradox Interactive to add gay modding to Crusader Kings 3 in next patch

We do love a happy ending, and yesterday Paradox Interactive was keen to give one out by confirming that, in their next patch, they would be adding the tools necessary to implement gay modding into Crusader Kings 3.

Lately the Paradox Interactive team have been in some very hot water with queer fans of the medieval, strategy game. It was only a week ago that their implementation of patch 1.3 completely destroyed the same-sex concubine mods, something which while was a mistake, didn’t help the growing discontent. After all, it was found to be impossible to mod anything remotely gay (such as marriage) within the limits of the game’s coding. Players were not happy.

Things took a turn for the worse over the Easter weekend after a modder, a user called WaffleIroner, released an exe patch – something which is strictly against Paradox Interactive’s Terms of Service rules – of the game that allowed gay marriage. They were immediately banned for it, with no explanation given on the official forum. It was a silence that felt defeating.

But there is light at the end of the tunnel for queer gamers out there. Yesterday, during the early evening, Paradox Interactive posted on the official forum about the whole incident and their plans for gay modding in the next patch for Crusader Kings 3.

“Our commitment to providing more in-game options for same-sex relationships hasn’t changed since we first commented on this last month.” Paradox Interactive’s Community Manager stated. “We said we were looking into it, and we did, so good news there: same-sex concubines should be moddable in the game in an upcoming patch prior to 1.4, and we should have same-sex marriage moddable by 1.4 if everything goes as planned.”

This was huge news. After all, a month ago the team had stated that modding – and not just gay modding – was not a priority. For them to change their mind and to work towards adding same-sex modding in the next patch is a significant step.

Aimee Hart

[She/They] Aimee Hart specializes in queer fandom, video games and tabletop, having started her career writing for numerous websites like The Verge, Polygon, Input Magazine and more. Her goal now is to boost LGBTQ+ voices in the video games industry.