Crusader Kings II: Sword Of Islam Announced

Crusader Kings II is shaping up to be the addictive PC game of 2012. With plenty for RTS fans and history nerds alike, it is almost a replacement for the moribund Civilization series which, I am going to say out loud, was kind of ruined by Civ V. But as awesome as the game is, it’s so far only allowed players access to European nobility, which means you’re only able to play one side of the complex political, social and personal struggles that led to the Crusades in the first place.

Until now, that is. The Sword Of Islam expansion pack has just been announced, and it looks incredible. It adds Muslim lords to the game, which means access to the Middle East and Africa, and includes completely different character traits and political traditions that affect how laws, marriage, holding, traits , titles and more will work. And speaking of Africa, Sword of Islam includes the Mali Empire. See our look at 4 historical eras in dire need of video games for why this is the best ever.

And now, the trailer.

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1 Comment on Crusader Kings II: Sword Of Islam Announced

Santiago Matamoros

On May 31, 2012 at 2:05 pm

“[It] includes completely different character traits and political traditions that affect how laws, marriage, holding, traits , titles and more will work.”

If this is going to be historically-accurate, then those “traits, traditions, and laws” will have to be “completely different” from Christian Europe’s. For though Crusaders committed atrocities against Muslims, Jews, and fellow Christians, the first Crusade was called in defense of Christians under attack for centuries by Islam, and unlike the Religion of Peace, crimes committed by Crusaders were done in defiance of Christ’s words and example, not in obedience to them, as you have with Muhammad.

Allah’s apostle preached and practiced anti-Semitism, genocide, pedophilia, rape, torture, mutilation, slavery, polygyny (up to 4 wives), theft, extortion, sedition and treason (against infidel states), deceit, and blasphemy in Allah’s name.

What are the chances the game’s developers have the courage to depict these truths in today’s climate of appeasement and surrender?