Crusader Kings III DLC on Game Pass: How do I install it?

Crusader Kings III
Reign it in: install your purchased DLC

Crusader Kings III is my new obsession. It’s a devilishly complex strategy game that almost invariably involves sleeping with or murdering members of your own family. And that’s not the gruesome bit. The truly horrific part is trying to install DLC if you’re playing Crusader Kings III on Game Pass. It’s utterly monstrous, so if you’re a CK3 player who’s had trouble activating DLC, read on to make your life much easier. 

How to install Crusader Kings III DLC on Game Pass

If you’re playing Crusader Kings III via Microsoft Game Pass, you can still buy DLC to add to the game, but you need to buy it directly from the Microsoft Store (at least, I think you do – if you know otherwise, please let me know in comments below). 

Here, for example, you can see the Crusader Kings III: Chapter II pack that I bought yesterday, which includes Tours and Tournaments, the forthcoming Wards and Wardens and other bobbins. 

Buying the DLC is straightforward enough. You open the Xbox app on your PC, search for the pack and click Buy. And once you do, you get the reassuring message (as shown below) that the DLC is “ready to use in-game” and “no download needed”. 

Crusader Kings II Chapter II

This is an outright lie. Or, at least, it was in my case. Because when I went into the game the DLC hadn’t been activated at all and I was being invited to buy it afresh. I don’t think so. 

After a lot of wrong answers found on various forums, I eventually stumbled across the solution myself. The good news is it doesn’t involve having to link your Xbox account to your Paradox Interactive account, and having to deal with the latter’s truly broken registration system. 

Instead, what you now need to do is go to the main Microsoft Store app on your Windows PC, not the Xbox app. In the Store, search for Crusader Kings III and once you’ve opened the game’s page, scroll down until you see the DLC you purchased under Top add-ons, as shown below:

Crusader Kings III in the Microsoft Store

 It should be labelled ‘owned’. Now click on that and you’ll open the DLC’s own page, where you should find a button letting you download it. The button appears where the arrow is pointing in the screenshot below:

Crusader Kings III DLC download in Microsoft Store

 Press the download button (which isn’t visible in the screenshot above as I’ve already downloaded it) and now you’re on the home stretch. 

When you next fire up the Crusader Kings III launcher, you should find a new DLC section on the left (if you haven’t previously installed any DLC, that is) as shown here:

Crusader Kings III launcher

Click on that DLC option and you should find any packs you’ve bought are now activated. If not, enable them here:

Crusader Kings III DLC screen

Now, enjoy your new content. And try not to bed your daughter. 

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Barry Collins

Barry has scribbled about tech for almost 20 years for The Sunday Times, PC Pro, WebUser, Which? and many others. He was once Deputy Editor of Mail Online and remains in therapy to this day. Email Barry at

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