UPDATE 8/31/22: Despite earlier word to the contrary and a listing on the Windows Store, Paradox clarified that Victoria 3 will be exclusive to Steam as far as PC is concerned on October 25 – meaning it won’t be on Game Pass for the foreseeable future, at least. launch or otherwise.
Announcing the news on the Paradox forum, a community ambassador for the company explained, “After discussion with our partners, it has been decided that Victoria 3 will not be part of Game Pass or the Microsoft Store.” Paradox offered no further explanation, merely saying “[looks] looking forward to sharing more details about our upcoming partnership with Xbox in the future.”
ORIGINAL STORY 8/30/22: Victoria 3, the latest entry in Paradox Interactive’s dormant company builder series, has been given a release date and is coming to PC and Xbox Game Pass for PC on October 25.
Victoria, if you’re unfamiliar (which wouldn’t be so surprising considering the previous game in the series was released over a decade ago), takes players back to the era of the Industrial Revolution. for a take on Paradox’s beloved grand strategy. genre that’s a bit closer to a management game compared to, say, the RPG leanings of Crusader Kings.
The focus here is on building the economic machinery of your state and country at the height of industrialization – a process mostly achieved by tweaking and tinkering within your own borders, managing your people and meeting their needs to address political and societal challenges and deal with diplomacy further.
If you’re curious for more, we spoke with Paradox about how it aims to expand and modernize the Victoria series in 2021 when Victoria 3 was announced.
Victoria 3 will be available in two flavors when it launches via Steam and the Microsoft Store on October 25: a Standard Edition at £41.99/€49.99/US$49.99 containing only the base game and a Grand Edition at £66.99/$79.99, which also includes the US Buildings Pack (day one unlock), Expansion Pass, Music Pack, Art Pack and Immersion Pack.
Victoria 3 will also be available day one on Xbox Game Pass for PC.