You may have noticed in the past month or so that Knights of Pen & Paper 2, developed by KYY Games and published by Paradox Interactive, had gone missing from the App Store. Several players in our forums and elsewhere on the internet sure noticed, but Paradox was remaining tight-lipped about why the game was removed saying that a big announcement would be coming. Well, here is the big announcement: Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is converting to full free to play, and all previous progress players have made in both the iOS and Android versions is being completely wiped due to the save files being incompatible with the new free to play version. PriceIsRightFailHorn.wav

Listen, I try to be as open-minded about things like paid games converting to free to play as I possibly can. I have an intimate, daily look into how freaking tough the mobile market is, so when it comes down to a game having to make some possibly drastic changes just to survive or simply being left to die, I'd rather the developers at least try to keep things going, even if that means it directly affects me negatively in some way. In the case of Knights of Pen & Paper 2, Paradox is at least trying to do it in as friendly a way as possible. Existing owners will be compensated with 40,000 worth of in-game gold and are supposed to be able to restore any of their previously bought DLC.

Unfortunately, things aren't going so smoothly. The game has already returned to the Google Play Store on Android, and while existing owners did get that big chunk of currency they have also apparently lost the ability to restore the DLC. Paradox has stated that this is not intended and DLC should be able to be restored, but as of right now there's no official solution to fix that. The loss of save games, however, is intended and almost sucks as much as losing out on content you've previously paid for. I can chalk up a few bucks as a loss for the greater good of a game's future health, but losing actual time I've put into a game sucks badly.

If you want to try and find a bright side to all this, once these conversion pains and bugs are worked out, hopefully Knights of Pen & Paper 2 will find a broader audience as a free game, and with its new free to play model hopefully generating a constant stream of income, Paradox has a lot of plans for keeping the updates rolling into the future. Also, the original Knights of Pen & Paper [$4.99] remains available and unchanged, and it's still a damn fine game, so there's always the option to play that. Plus the creators of the original, Behold Studios, are already well underway with their space-themed Galaxy of Pen & Paper, so there's that to look forward to as well.

I'm still waiting for the game to return to the iOS App Store to see how the free to play version turned out, and as a previous owner who has since deleted the game from my device, to see if it will actually reward me the compensation or not. Anyway, this whole scenario is something to be aware of if you were wondering why Knights of Pen & Paper 2 was gone from the App Store or if you have it installed currently and see the update arrive for it and wonder what it's all about.

  • houseofg

    I think they are also going to need to rename it "Knights of Pitchforks and Torches".

  • Styrixa

    Gasp! I own this, and was about to play through again. I guess I'll have to wait and see too.

  • Kainamor

    I really really hope galaxy will be premium. Now with this change to kop&p2 I am not sure. Anyone know what the plan is?

  • Sup?

    What the actual f...

    I really hope that new game is going to be premium.

  • ste86uk

    That sucks, I won't be too miffed though I finished playing it quite a while ago and may take a look at the new model. I feel I've had my moneys worth already but I can understand the reasons for doing it and the reasons other will be annoyed. Hopefully the free gold is a decent chunk I'd like at least double the games value in free iap currency.

  • ian vanhorne

    Free to play is just another way of saying fleece you well, anything that is well and finds and audience it's only a matter of time before it nudges its developers to capitalist intrigue, I just bought this game not to long ago, a short time after I bought the expansions, in truth it's concept is staggeringly wonderful, but the moment something like this hits the mark it becomes bees to honey, what about the supporters that made that happen, something to an effect of being fair to those initial supporters, an honest jesture such as being grandfathered in on the the idea a deal made is a deal done, that's called good business not some seedy greasy little bit of crumbs, I don't care if you have moved into a bigger home or your tart needs breast implants and a new car, ( paradox is big business) spare me your stale tears while filling your pockets on selling your products twice,, thrice,, etc YOU MADE THE SALE , NOW STAND UP TO YOUR COMMITMENTS!!!!!!!

  • RinoaHeartily

    I haven't had a chance to play this game because of the hefty price tag. I played the original one before and it's still on my phone. I welcome the free to play model. At least it gives us a chance to try this game and if I don't like the pay model just find another game.

    • Chris

      If you like the game but not the pay model you can try the first game in the series.

      • RinoaHeartily

        I did try the first game in fact I completed it. The 2nd one has better graphics more characters and longer if I am not wrong

  • The Kallizm Reaktor

    {s PriceIsRightFailHorn}


  • vic_viper_001

    Between moves like this, and iOS 11 killing all 32 bit apps, it just doesn't make sense to be an iOS gamer anymore.

    • RinoaHeartily

      Why would u care about this? It's the dev responsibility to upgrade their ancient app else just move on to another game

  • curtisrshideler

    Why not have both on the App Store?! Is it too expensive to maintain both? I'll probably be less likely to play it again now. But if this is what it takes for them to survive, I hope it works for them. Sincerely. The first game is still on my device.

  • Goldanc

    Downloaded the game again, enemies are shifted off screen and weapon icon moves down during battle; bugs? Also previous player and didn't receive and gold

    • Zhang Doe

      I had the same problem recently with the first game. Needs the developers to update it.

  • rezn

    I spent a fair amount on the Google Store version. I love this game. And I do get it. It sucks. I want to be upset. But I'd be more upset if the Devs had to close their doors. So this will have to do. Hopefully they can generate more revenue and maybe will release a premium only game down the road. Free to play is taking over my phone. They still have a more disposable feel to me than premium because of the guilt in buying coins and maybe deleting the game and forgetting how much you spent. But we still have Steam and some very good premium games once in a while.

  • Goldanc

    I cannot wait for galaxy of pen and paper I am more then happy to pay premium for their games

  • mcamp

    I guess I'll deleting this shit and never playing it again. I enjoyed it for a spell, had planned to return to it at some point, but never mind ...

  • Tim

    I don't see why people are upset. It is free to play and the DLC is paid for with in-game gold, which is easily earned with normal game play. So the DLC is free as well. I don't see how the devs make a dime off this. I love it, though.

  • Blatherbeard

    I never bought it but i saw this free version and had fun, til i hit a paywall. I ge they need to make money, and would support them fully, if buying the diamonds for current DLC didnt cost as much as a AAA title on launch day. . And i feel bad for the ppl who bought the game as ive read a few who cant get their DLC back, or had all but one or 2 dlc they bought and now have to spend 25 bucks or more just to get 2 dlc packs.