Get ready to lose hours of your life trying to dethrone your uncle. Paradox announced today that as part of the PDXCON festivities, the medieval Succession simulator Crusader Kings 2 is currently free-to-play.
You can head over to the Crusader Kings 2 Steam store page to tie the game to your account for free starting today, though it's not clear whether this is a permanent change or just in honor of PDXCON. The currently ongoing convention in Berlin, Germany is set to announce a lot of news about various Paradox games, from grand strategy titles to Seattle-based vampires, so maybe this is a sign of things to come?
Crusader Kings 2 is arguably one of Paradox's most popular strategy games, likely due to both its focus on lineage and politics as much as military strategy and for its modding potential. I remember CK2 first coming onto my radar because of its Game of Thrones mod, and you can find similar variations for Warcraft, Middle-Earth, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, and Harry Potter on CK2 mod sites.
It'll be interesting to see if Paradox is working on something more for the series. Crusader Kings 2 is fairly niche, but in 2013, Paradox's Shams Jorjani said games like CK2 have a "long tail." While CK2 came out a while ago, it has a lot of DLC that's come out in the time since.
"Whether people play and really like a game, they just want more content," Jorjani says. "From a business standpoint, there's no reason why you shouldn't provide this. People who love it just want more of it."
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