Crusader Kings 2 is probably Paradox’s most successful grand strategy title, though by now it’s had more than a couple of trips around the block. There’s a decent chance you’ve picked up the game through its numerous deep discounts and occasional full giveaways, but if not, you’re in luck – it’s now free-to-play.
It’s possible that this is just a promotion for the weekend of PDXCON 2019 – the publisher’s announcement isn’t 100% clear – but it’s looking likely that this is a permanent change. There’s no end date mentioned in the Steam announcement, you can no longer purchase the game on the official site, and it’s now listed in the free-to-play genre on Steam. We’ve reached out to Paradox for confirmation.
Either way, it’s a terrific excuse to get into the grand strategy title, and its massive selection of DLC is also available as part of a wider Paradox sale. The possibility of free-to-play Paradox games has been toyed with in the past, and the company discussed the idea of a “hybrid model” last year – a free-to-play CK2 with loads of DLC to back it up could be the start of just such an experiment.
And this move has CK fans even more excited about the possibility of a Crusader Kings 3 getting announced this weekend at PDXCON. We know a new grand strategy game will be there, we know it’s not Victoria 3, and we know that producer Linda Tiger recently teased a new title while standing in front of a suit of medieval armour.