Medieval Succession Simulator Crusader Kings 2 is Currently Free to Play

Medieval Succession Simulator Crusader Kings 2 is Currently Free to Play

Get to work building your empire.

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."

If you're interested in what Paradox has been up to recently with games like Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2, check out our interview with writer Cara Ellison on thinbloods, climate change, and the politics of living forever.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Eric Van Allen

News Editor

Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

In other news

Xbox Confirms Game Pass Streaming for PCs and iOS Will Launch in Spring

Browser-based Xbox cloud gaming is just around the corner.

Halo Infinite Has Been Pushed Back to Fall 2021

Yes, Infinite will be coming out about a year later than originally intended, but test flights are making a comeback.

Xbox Series X Optimized Games Will Have Fast Fixes and More Quick Resume Support, Microsoft Says

Certain performance quirks and absent features won't be around for long, at least not according to Microsoft.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Pushes Back Season One Launch and Warzone Debut

You'll still be leaving Verdansk for a new Cold War locale soon, just not *that* soon.

Need help?

Fortnite Season 10 Battle Pass, New Skins, Map Changes - Everything We Know

Here's our guide to the Fortnite Season 10 Battle Pass, new map changes, and more.

Apex Legends Crypto - Abilities, Backstory, How to Unlock Crypto

Here's everything you need to know about Crypto in Apex Legends, including his abilities, backstory, price, and how to unlock the new legend.

Destiny 2 Xenophage Quest - How to Get the New Xenophage Machine Gun

This is how to complete the Destiny 2 Xenophage quest, including all puzzles, and more.