Explore and discover a spectacular and ever-changing universe! Paradox Development Studio, makers of the Europa Universalis and Crusader Kings series, and publishers of the best-selling Cities: Skylines, presents Stellaris, advancing the genre of grand strategy to the very edges of the universe.
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May 16

Relics & Relic Worlds



Hello everyone, we have a new Dev Diary from grekulf!

As most of you probably know, the next upcoming DLC for Stellaris will be the Ancient Relics Story Pack. Last week I also promised I would show something awesome, by which I meant the headline feature of the story pack – the Relics themselves.

We announced Ancient Relics on Tuesday and we also streamed a lot of stuff that will be coming with Ancient Relics and the free 2.3 update that goes with it. If you haven’t seen the stream yet, you may want to check out the summary on YouTube.

Relic Worlds
A smaller part of Ancient Relics are the Relics Worlds. It is a new planet class that is essentially a planet entirely covered in ruins. If you find a Relic World, it's very likely that you will be the first to get to excavate its archaeological site. An archaeological site found on a Relic World should have many chapters and have a high difficulty.



A Relic World can be restored to an Ecumenopolis, but it will lose its unique deposits and archaeology site if there is one.



The homeworld of the First League precursors have been changed into a Relic World. We felt that this fits way better thematically and we also felt that finding a “free” Ecumenopolis was too strong. You will now have to work a little harder to restore the ancient city planet.

As mentioned before, we haven’t quite had the time to refresh the old precursor content, but this is something we want to do over time, so eventually it's quite likely you’ll be able to find more Relic Worlds and associated archaeological sites.

Relics
The Relics are a really cool new feature to Stellaris. Relics are very powerful artifacts and trophies that you can collect. Every Relics has a passive effect as well as an activation effect. All Relics share the same activation cooldown, so you will have to choose which one you will want to activate. The activation cooldown is 10 years.



Most relics will have an Influence cost for the activation cost, but in some cases this will be different.



The Relics system itself will be included in the base game, and you will be able to find a few Relics from previous content. Each crisis will have a Relic tied to it, and owners of MegaCorp will be able to get The Galatron. Owners of Apocalypse will be able to take the Khan’s Throne and owners of Leviathans will be able to take a trophy by defeating the Ether Drake.



Ancient Relics will feature a whole bunch of new Relics that you can collect. In total you’ll be able to find 20 of these new Relics.

The system is very moddable, and since the Relics system itself is free, mods will be able to use the system without requiring its users to own Ancient Relics. We’re very much looking forward to seeing what cool new Relics the community can conjure up!

Relics Design Intentions
I started as the first UI/UX designer at Paradox Development Studio over 6 years ago now, before switching over to purely doing game design and now eventually taking over as the game director for Stellaris. EU4 was the first game I worked on, and the macro builder is what I see as my first large contribution to our games. I’ve always thought that the UI/UX design and game design need to mesh really well for a solid experience. Although we can’t always get it right (my faults included), it's really fun to do something different here.

With the Relics I wanted us to start experimenting with more visual rewards. I wanted something that would be so cool to find, collect, and look at, that you almost didn't care about what the effects of the thing were. I wanted large icons with a slight animation, kind of like golden Hearthstone cards. Originally we only planned to have passive effects for them, but in order for the player to experience the visual rewards more often, we had to create incentives for them to open the UI and look at them. That is how the active effects came into play. By giving the Relics a really cool activation effect, players will open the UI more often and get those “feel good” moments by looking at their Relics.

From a design perspective, I am very happy with how the Relics turned out. We’ve made a really nice-looking UI with a thematic background that really fits the art style. We’ve also made awesome and animated relic icons that are really rewarding to collect and look at. The activation effects for a lot of the Relics are also really cool.

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Ancient Relics is turning out to be a really cool addition to Stellaris, and it's going to be really great seeing how you guys react to the content once you get a chance to try it out.

That is all we had to share for this week’s dev diary. Next week we will be back with something different, technically speaking.
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May 9

Stellaris 3 Year Anniversary Info!



Greetings Galactic Emperors, Rogue AIs, Humble Hiveminds, and Exalted Starfish,

Today is the 3rd Anniversary of Stellaris, the game that brought all of you together in a galaxy of conflict, friendship, primordial creatures, and everything else in between. To celebrate this and share our celebratory happiness with everyone, we are holding a Free Weekend so that anyone can download the base game of Stellaris and play!

This free weekend starts now on Steam and will be available until Sunday 12th May at 13:00 PDT / 16:00 EDT / 22:00 CEST.

Additionally, the entire Stellaris catalog is on discount now, with MegaCorp on discount for the first time! Check out the Steam store page to find out all the savings!

Finally, we’re going to be giving away the e-book version of Stellaris: Infinite Frontiers to everyone that signs up for the Stellaris newsletter with their Paradox Accounts. To receive this free gift, you can follow these easy steps:
  1. Create an account (in Stellaris or https://accounts.paradoxplaza.com/login)
  2. Sign up for Stellaris newsletter (make sure to tick the box alluding to "receiving news and offers from Paradox Interactive" (if you forget to tick this box, or have an existing account, please make sure you have Stellaris added to your newsletter preferences at https://accounts.paradoxplaza.com/settings)
  3. Confirm Account via the Confirmation Email
  4. Get e-book in email next week!
  5. Enjoy a good read!
We want to express our unending gratitude to you, our community, for joining us on this crazy journey. Happy 3rd birthday to Stellaris, and here's to many many more years ahead! We'll leave you now with our latest trailer for this celebration, featuring hints and references from the past three years of this awesome game.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zL0kemiI0yc

THANK YOU!
-The Stellaris Team
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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.

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

Get ready to explore, discover and interact with a multitude of species as you journey among the stars. Forge a galactic empire by sending out science ships to survey and explore, while construction ships build stations around newly discovered planets. Discover buried treasures and galactic wonders as you spin a direction for your society, creating limitations and evolutions for your explorers. Alliances will form and wars will be declared.

Like all our Grand Strategy games, the adventure evolves with time. Because free updates are a part of any active Paradox game, you can continue to grow and expand your empire with new technologies and capabilities. What will you find beyond the stars? Only you can answer that.

DEEP AND VARIED EXPLORATION

Every game begins with a civilization that has just discovered the means to travel between stars and is ready to explore the galaxy. Have your science ships survey and explore anomalies, leading you into a myriad of quests, introducing strange worlds with even stranger stories and discoveries that may completely change your outcome.

STUNNING SPACE VISUALS

With characteristically complex unique planets and celestial bodies, you will enter a whirlwind of spectacles in a highly detailed universe.

INFINITE VARIATION OF SPECIES AND ADVANCED DIPLOMACY

Through customization and procedural generation, you will encounter infinitely varied races. Choose positive or negative traits, specific ideologies, limitations, evolutions or anything you can imagine. Interact with others through the advanced diplomacy system. Diplomacy is key in a proper grand strategy adventure. Adjust your strategy to your situation through negotiation and skill.

INTERSTELLAR WARFARE

An eternal cycle of war, diplomacy, suspicions and alliances await you. Defend or attack with fully customizable war fleets, where adaptation is the key to victory. Choose from an array of complex technologies when designing and customizing your ships with the complex ship designer. You have a multitude of capabilities to choose from to meet the unknown quests that await.

ENORMOUS PROCEDURAL GALAXIES

Grow and expand your empire with thousands of randomly generated planet types, galaxies, quests and monsters lurking in space.

PLAY THE WAY YOU WANT

Customize your Empire! The characters you choose, be it a murderous mushroom society or an engineering reptile race, can be customized with traits like ethics, type of technology, form of preferred space travel, type of habitat, philosophies and more. The direction of the game is based on your choices.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® 7 SP1 64 Bit
    • Processor: Intel® iCore™ i3-530 or AMD® FX-6350
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia® GeForce™ GTX 460 or AMD® ATI Radeon™ HD 5870 (1GB VRAM), or AMD® Radeon™ RX Vega 11 or Intel® HD Graphics 4600
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 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
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows® 10 Home 64 Bit
    • Processor: Intel® iCore™ i5-3570K or AMD® Ryzen™ 5 2400G
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia® GeForce™ GTX 560 Ti (1GB VRAM)
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 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
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.11 (El Capitan)
    • Processor: Intel® iCore™ i5-4570S
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia® GeForce™ GT 750M or equivalent AMD® card with 1GB Vram
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers. Special multiplayer requirements: Internet Connection
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.13 (High Sierra)
    • Processor: Intel® iCore™ i5-4670
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia® GeForce™ GTX 780M with 4GB Vram
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers. Special multiplayer requirements: Internet Connection
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 16.04 x86
    • Processor: Intel® iCore™ i3-530 or AMD® FX-6350
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia® GeForce™ GTX 460 or AMD® ATI Radeon™ HD 5870 (1GB VRAM), or AMD® Radeon™ RX Vega 11 or Intel® HD Graphics 4600
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 12 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
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 16.04 x64
    • Processor: Intel® iCore™ i5-3570K or AMD® Ryzen™ 5 2400G
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia® GeForce™ GTX 560 Ti (1GB VRAM)
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 12 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

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