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.

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