Explore a vast galaxy full of wonder! Paradox Development Studio, makers of the Crusader Kings and Europa Universalis series presents Stellaris, an evolution of the grand strategy genre with space exploration at its core.
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June 21

Dev Diary #119 - Niven Post-Launch Support (part 4)



New
Hello everyone and welcome to another Stellaris development diary. Now that we have officially released the 2.1.1 update, we are working on making another rolling beta patch that we expect to release to you guys sometime next week. This beta, with version number 2.1.2, will continue to focus on bug fixes, QOL features and improvements to performance/stability. We expect to keep the beta going through the summer and release it as an official update sometime after the team returns from vacations.

Claims in Diplomatic Mapmode
Something that's been highly requested by the community since 2.0 came out is the ability to see the claims of other empires on the galactic map. In 2.1.2, you will be able to see the claims of any empire you have communications with by going into diplomatic mapmode and selecting that empire, allowing you to easily get an overview of what systems they are interested in. Displaying claims is a scripted setting on a mapmode that modders will be able to add to any custom mapmodes they feel would benefit from it.



Creature/Fallen Empire Spawning
We're also spending some time tweaking the spawning radiuses of space creatures and fallen empires to try and ensure that they show up regularly even in densely populated galaxies. The spawning algorithm will still try to avoid boxing players in with Leviathans or hostile FEs, but hopefully there should be fewer instances of space creatures and Fallen Empires not showing up due to there being too many player empires on the map.

L-Cluster Improvements
As mentioned previously, we are still working on fleshing out the L-Cluster and adding more outcomes to it. We expect to get these improvements in at some point during the 2.1.2 rolling beta.

That's all for today! As July and vacation time is coming up, we're now going to go on a dev diary hiatus. There will likely be an update or two during this period to the 2.1.2 beta, but no regularly scheduled dev diaries. Dev diaries will return on August 9th, at which point we should be ready to start talking about what's coming next in terms of major updates and features. See you then!
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June 14

2.1.1 patch is now live - Full Patch Notes



Hi all, Jamor here.

After a good time in beta in which we were able to get confirmation that the L-Cluster related lag spikes were fixed, and no new critical issues introduced, I'm making 2.1.1 live now as the official version.

Spoiler: Full Patch Contents

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# Free Features
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* Hyperlane density can now be changed to "full", which guarantees every possible hyperlane will exist
* You can now choose to start in a trinary or binary star system when creating your empire
* Experimental ETA feature put in for starship movement orders, telling you the approximate date of arrival
* Now possible to achieve partial victory in subjugation and liberation wars with occupied systems splitting off as a new subject or ally in the event of a status quo peace
* Put in greyscale versions of strategic resources icons, to indicate that you currently lack the technology to collect them

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# Balance
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* Increased power usage of torpedoes
* Reduced frequency of gaining L-Gate Insights from unrelated anomalies by 70%
* A technology must now be researched after gathering all L-Gate insights before you can start the project to open the gates
* Reduced HP of missiles across the board, making point defense more potent
* The Prosperity faction will now be happier if you have war policy set to Defensive Wars Only
* The Imperialist faction is now also OK with ideological wars, and will only be angry if policy is set to Defensive Wars Only
* Reduced the chance of a Marauder Great Khan dying from noncombat causes
* Rogue Servitors can now allow organics to colonize planets
* Increased AI weight for naval cap & command limit techs
* Increased base weight of terraforming techs
* Reduced Materialist opinion boost towards Machine empires

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# UI
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* New icon for the L-cluster

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# AI
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* AI will now a wait some time before changing AI priority if it recently changed priority

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# Performance
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* Cached tile resource production for faster performance
* More border calculations optimization
* Borders are now only updated if they need to be, reducing unnecessary operations
* Removed useless recalculation of borders when planet change owners
* Bypass distance cache improvements
* Ensured Starbases owner modifiers are calculated only once, and parallelized that bit
* Parallelizing AI strategy monthly recalc and reducing the number of system evaluated
* More caching of tile related data performance - fixes a performance bug with previous caching of tile related data

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# Modding
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* Moved scripted variables for buildings into the scripted variables file
* Saved Event Targets should now always persist through Special Projects
* Added is_event_design setting for event ship designs that should be blocked by fleet manager
* Improved performance of Global SavedEventTargets
* You can now define in a section template whether its components (turrets etc) should be drawn graphically or not
* Effects that take name (such as create_ship or set_name) can now extract name from scope, ie set_name = root will take the name from the root object (even if it's a different type of object, such as naming a ship after a leader)

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# Bugfixes
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* Fixed a bug where guaranteed nearby colonizable worlds sometimes did not appear
* Fixed pop_modifier out of sync in MP
* Fixed several other OOS causes with convoluted causes
* Fixed several crashes with similarly arcane origin stories
* Added Distant Stars ownership icon for MP setup
* Fixed an OOS related to ship armor stats
* Fixed missing ambient sounds for certain star classes
* Fixed missing brain slug traits for scientists and admirals
* Fixed getting brain slugs and other non-robotic traits for event-spawned robotic leaders
* Fixed "Asteroid Collision" anomaly awarding the wrong deposit type
* Fixed "...and Hope?" achievement for opening the L-Cluster not being awarded
* Fixed missing text description for the L-Gate insight technology
* Missing word added in Phase Disruptor tech description
* Fixed other typos rendering the game literally unplayable
* Fixed some Horizon Signal-related building tooltips
* Improved janky Tiyanki death animations, giving rise to a desire for a new 1930's dance craze
* Fixed cases where you would sometimes not identify Leviathans after meeting them, this should also fix Curators not having anything to say about them
* Fixed The Gray Tempest event having 2 choices with identical outcomes, because it was painfully close to much of real life
* Gestalt consciousness can no longer pick liberation wars policy as it did nothing for them anyway
* Phaseshifting planet now has edge case handling if a nation completes the project before researching the anomaly
* Pacification of Space Amoebas or Crystals now turns them neutral instead of friendly because come on guy, you don't know me like that
* Fixed Fanatic Purifier, Devouring Swarm, and Determined Exterminator Empires suddenly becoming socially presentable when talking to the Curators about L-Gates
* Fixed instances where Empires created after initial L-Gate activation would be unable to use the L-Gates
* Fixed a text overflow issue in the Anomaly tracker
* Fixed "Bunker-Bot" anomaly not generating an L-Gate Insight
* Fixed a crash when the gateway type doesn't exist (affected certain mods)
* Fixed an OOS due to Experimental Subspace Navigation
* Added missing modifier string for all languages
* Marauder neighbor events can no longer trigger for empires that have no communications with them
* Properly calculate cached values when ships are created, meaning fleet power is now displayed correctly
* Fixed a bug where freshly created ships would not benefit immediately from bonus hull point effects
* Addressed a couple of edge cases that might cause improper Strategic Resource tech weights
* Added Go To buttons to a couple of Anomalies
* Fixed a cause of ship stats OOS. Some code was executed in unsafe order somehow when recalculating for hot join
* Scriptable localization error logging fix
* Asteroids can now glow
* Fixed L-Gates that were opened in 2.1.0 being unusable in 2.1.1
* Minor loc polish and fixes to events
* Fixed broken repair costs for ruined buildings
* Fixed the Great Khan being stuck bombarding the planets of Satrapies
* Fixed issue with Ancient Manufactory that could leave the system's star without a resource deposit
* Hid display of weapons when inspecting space creatures, to prevent Amoebas with frickin' lasers attached to their heads
* Added missing check to prevent Sea of Consciousness tech gain exploit
* Fixed the bug where it was impossible to land troops on planets captured by titanic life
* Fixed ruined gateways blocking construction of megastructures
* Fixed construction time being calculated incorrectly for defensive platforms
* Machine Intelligences will no longer look down upon Synthetic Empires for being Artificial Beings
* Fixed ludicrously broken costs for starbase defense platform upgrades
* Added missing selection sound effects for ice asteroids and brown dwarves
* Fixed Gray Goo and Marauder fleets sometimes just idling instead of attacking nearby targets
* World Shaper ascension perk is no longer available to Machine Empires
* Fixed hyperlane detection range wrongly showing up in every ship-related popup known to sentient life
* Autonomous Ship Intellects is no longer marked as a dangerous tech
* Planned Obsolesence can no longer fire for non-materialist empires
* Fixed CTD on loading save game from in game
* Fixed "Asteroid Collision" anomaly awarding the wrong deposit type

It's too close to the end of the work week to do it right now, but the plan is to make a new 2.1.2 optional beta branch next week, containing more fixes and improvements. We'll get back to you with more on that shortly, but the key thing for us is to get the really badly needed lag fixes in the hands of the whole playerbase now that they have been confirmed. Thanks again for all your help making sure the release version was sound.

Save files from older versions should be compatible with 2.1.1, but just in case you need to roll back, here's how:

Steam library -> Right click on Stellaris -> Properties -> Betas tab -> choose the version you want

Have fun playing this weekend!
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Reviews

“Calling Stellaris Europa Universalis in space is probably reductive, but it was the first thing I did in this review not because they are almost exactly alike, but because, when I put away my empires and get on with my day, the stories that have played out in these digital worlds embed themselves in my brain, and I so desperately want to tell people about them. Both games tickle the part of my brain that wants every battle to have some greater context, every move I make to be part of a larger narrative. Stellaris manages to do this without history to lean on, though, and does so with aplomb.”
9/10 – PCGamesN

“Stellaris is easy to comprehend and exciting to execute, which is a perfect combination for a genre notoriously difficult to break into.”
9/10 – Destructoid

“Right now, Stellaris is a very good space-based strategy game, but a few months down the road, it could evolve into a fantastic one”
8.2/10 – Hooked Gamers

Ascension Pack



Your species has mastered the seemingly impossible. Faster than light travel means a new era for your civilization. Brave pioneers set forth from our ancient homeworld into the unknown, while scientists unlock more and more of the vast mysteries of the cosmos... But you are neither the first nor the only, species to climb to the heavens. You must test your military and diplomatic prowess against rival galactic empires.

The Stellaris Ascension Pack includes:


  • Apocalypse: This expansion redefines stellar warfare for all players with a host of new offensive and defensive options. Destroy entire worlds with terrifying new planet-killer weapons, fight against (or alongside) ruthless space pirates, and maybe discover a few non-violent game features as well.
  • Utopia: This expansion adds megastructures and new options for the ultimate advancement of your species.
  • Leviathans Story Pack: A story pack that includes monstrous new creatures and encounters
  • Synthetic Dawn Story Pack: Provides an all-new way for players to establish their empire across the stars, starting the game as a Machine Empire -- a society made up entirely of robots. Unique game features and event chains will allow the machines to expand as a robotic consciousness and create an AI-led network that grows to galactic dominance.
  • Plantoids Species Pack: A species pack that includes fifteen new species portraits, new templates for plantoid civilian and military ships and a cityscape art.
  • Humanoids Species Pack: A species pack that includes ten new Humanoids portraits, new ship models, three new voiceovers sets for VIR and three remixed music tracks.

Nova Edition




Stellaris Nova Edition includes:

DIGITAL ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

The Stellaris soundtrack delivers two and a half hours of original music, including bonus tracks and alternate versions not included in the game. Composed by Andreas Waldetoft with appearances by the Brandenburg State Orchestra and Mia Stegmar, listeners will hear themes meant to evoke discovery and far-reaching exploration through the vast expanse of space through the fusion of orchestral and electronic music. MP3 and lossless FLAC are included.

NOVA FORUM ICON

Show your love for Stellaris on the Paradox Forums and other social networks.

EXCLUSIVE ALIEN RACE (COSMETIC DLC)

Colonize the unknown and build a glorious spider empire! An exclusive alien race will be added to your game with a unique arachnid design. When your friends ask how you obtained these new spacefaring spiders, be sure to tell them you found the deal on the web.

Galaxy Edition



Stellaris Galaxy Edition includes:

DIGITAL ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

The Stellaris soundtrack delivers two and a half hours of original music, including bonus tracks and alternate versions not included in the game. Composed by Andreas Waldetoft with appearances by the Brandenburg State Orchestra and Mia Stegmar, listeners will hear themes meant to evoke discovery and far-reaching exploration through the vast expanse of space through the fusion of orchestral and electronic music. MP3 and lossless FLAC are included.

EXCLUSIVE ALIEN RACE (COSMETIC DLC)

Colonize the unknown and build a glorious spider empire! An exclusive alien race will be added to your game with a unique arachnid design. When your friends ask how you obtained these new spacefaring spiders, be sure to tell them you found the deal on the web.

DIGITAL COLLECTOR'S BOOK

Join the creative team behind Stellaris to learn how the game's aesthetic was designed and realized for Paradox's most visually unique game to date. From concept art all the way through full illustrations and 3D renderings, this exclusive 130-page book includes a collection of game art unavailable anywhere else -- along with insight into the thoughts and research that drove these designs, the problems the team faced along the way, and the ways they finally brought these visuals to life.

STELLARIS INFINITE FRONTIER NOVEL BY STEVEN SAVILE (ebook)

From best-selling author, Steven Savile comes an original novel based on the science-fiction setting of Paradox's Stellaris. When the Commonwealth of Man receives proof that they are not alone in the universe, humanity is divided: should our species seek salvation in potential friends among the stars, or prepare for an inevitable war? What discoveries await the colony ship as they journey into the unknown to find the source of a mysterious alien signal? Download and read on epub, mobi (Kindle) and PDF.

EXCLUSIVE AVATAR AND GALAXY FORUM ICON

Show your love for Stellaris on the Paradox Forums and other social networks.

SIGNED WALLPAPER

Pay your respects to the pioneers who ventured forth into the unknown with this desktop wallpaper signed by the Stellaris development team.

About This Game

Explore a vast galaxy full of wonder! Paradox Development Studio, makers of the Crusader Kings and Europa Universalis series presents Stellaris, an evolution of the grand strategy genre with space exploration at its core.

Featuring deep strategic gameplay, a rich and enormously diverse selection of alien races and emergent storytelling, Stellaris has engaging challenging gameplay that rewards interstellar exploration as you traverse, discover, interact and learn more about the multitude of species you will encounter during your travels.

Etch your name across the cosmos by forging a galactic empire; colonizing remote planets and integrating alien civilizations. Will you expand through war alone or walk the path of diplomacy to achieve your goals?

MAIN FEATURES


  • Deep and Varied Exploration.
  • Enormous procedural galaxies, containing thousands of planets.
  • Explore Anomalies with your heroic Scientist leaders.
  • Infinitely varied races through customization and procedural generation.
  • Advanced Diplomacy system worthy of a Grand Strategy Game.
  • Ship Designer based on a vast array of technologies.
  • Stunning space visuals.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 x86 or newer
    • Processor: AMD Athlon II X4 640 @ 3.0 Ghz / or Intel Core 2 Quad 9400 @ 2.66 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD HD 5770 / or Nvidia GTX 460, with 1024MB VRAM. Latest available WHQL drivers from both manufacturers.
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct X 9.0c- compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers. Special multiplayer requirements: Internet Connection or LAN for multiplayer.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 x64 or newer
    • Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 850 @ 3.3 Ghz or Intel i3 2100 @ 3.1 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD HD 6850 / or Nvidia GTX 560TI, with 1024MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers. Special multiplayer requirements: Internet Connection or LAN for multiplayer.
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.8.5 or newer
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 @ 2.5Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 6750 / NVIDIA GeForce 320 or higher with 1024MB VRAM
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers. Special multiplayer requirements: Internet Connection or LAN for multiplayer.
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.11 or newer
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 @ 2.9Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 750M / or AMD R9 390M with 1024 VRAM
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers. Special multiplayer requirements: Internet Connection or LAN for multiplayer
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 x86
    • Processor: AMD Athlon II X4 640 @ 3.0 Ghz / or Intel Core 2 Quad 9400 @ 2.66 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD HD 5770 / or Nvidia GTX 460, with 1024MB VRAM. Latest available proprietary drivers from both manufacturers.
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers. Special multiplayer requirements: Internet Connection or LAN for multiplayer.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 x64
    • Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 850 @ 3.3 Ghz / or Intel i3 2100 @ 3.1 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD HD 6850 / or Nvidia GTX 560TI, with 1024MB VRAM (Latest available proprietary drivers from both manufacturers)
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers. Special multiplayer requirements: Internet Connection or LAN for multiplayer.
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