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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March 14

2.2.6 beta patch update

Hi all!

We’re continuing the work on the 2.2.6 beta patch, and we just updated it with a set of new tweaks and fixes! Big thanks to all of you helping us identify hidden bugs and issues!

For those of you who are using the “stellaris_test” branch, it will update automatically. This is the build you need to play with your friends on GoG! The live build version, remains the 2.2.5.

Jamor has summarized the new changes for your convenience (new entries are in bold):

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# 2.2 ‘Le Guin’ Free Features
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* Added a new, more user-friendly planet screen, with better organization and display of info and buttons
* Ship upgrading is now handled individually, on a per ship, per shipyard basis. This means if the process is interrupted part way, some of the ships will still be upgraded, rather than losing the entire upgrade progress. Also, alloy costs are now deducted one ship at a time, rather than for the entire fleet in one go, so you don't have to wait until you can afford everything to start the upgrade process
* Warrior Culture civic no longer reduces army upkeep, but instead makes Entertainment buildings replace Entertainers with Duelists. Duelists turn 1 alloy into 3 unity, 12 amenities and 2 naval capacity
* Added Logistical Corps tradition custom flavour text swap for Hive Minds
* Added Great Game tradition custom flavour text swap for Devouring Swarms
* Added new animation to Plantoid 13 (cactus) portrait. It will now have some butterflies as company!
* Added the Legion flag set with six new selectable flag emblems

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# Balance
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* Pop growth further adjusted to put less priority towards minority pops
* Battle Thralls can now take enforcer jobs
* Hallucinogen Removal special project cost reduced from 5000 to 3000
* Breaching the Shroud special project cost reduces from 50000 to 20000
* Transcendent Learning ascension perk effect on leader pool removed and replaced with Leader Experience Gain +50%
* Reduced the machine empire bonus to orbital station production to 10% (was 50%, which turned out to be rather OP)
* Rogue Servitor tweaks:
-Organic Sanctuary/Paradise no longer provide housing, instead Biotrophy jobs eliminate those pop's need for housing
-Artisan Drones produce 8 Consumer goods for 8 minerals (up from 6 of each)
-Biotrophy Jobs now also increase Complex Drone putput on their planet by 0.25% each
-Starts with 1 additonal Nexus District
* Driven Assimilator tweaks:
-Bio pop growth reduced by 40%
-1 fewer Replicator job per level of capital
-Now start with +100 food, and 100 less energy
* Ship upgrades are cheaper due to refund amount from old components being increased to 90% (was 50%)
* Pops have a wider possible range of Political power, so for example you can care less about unhappy slaves since it's not as though they can vote or anything
* Meritocracy Civic effect on leader pool size removed and replaced with specialist output +10%
* Clone Vats are no longer required to build Clone armies, they are now unlocked by the Gene Banks tech (resolves an issue where this tech had no benefit for assimilators)
* Technological Ascendancy ascension perk now also makes rare technologies 50% more common
* Shroud entities have been tweaked slightly. Corrupted Avatar now has lower total HP, but has increased regen. Shroud Avatar is now slightly stronger in its total HP and regen. End of Cycle entities have also been tweaked similarly
* Transcendence, Evolutionary Mastery, Synthetic Evolution ascension perk slot requirement reduced from 4th to 3rd
* World Shaper ascension perk slot requirement reduced from 3nd to 2nd
* Imperial Prerogative ascension perk no longer has any slot requirements
* Eternal Vigilance ascension perk no longer has any slot requirements, but instead requires the Star Fortress technology
* Eternal Vigilance ascension perk now also increases starbase hull points by 25%
* One Vision ascension perk now also reduces pop amenities usage by 10%
* Numistic shrine now costs 4000 energy to buy and 1000 minerals to build
* Clerks and Preachers job weights no longer care about being strong, weak, or proles
* Miner job weights DO care about being proles
* Synth Empires pay only alloys for Colony ships, like Machines
* Rogue Servitors start with another Nexus District

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# UI
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* Added missing modifier icons for mote harvesting traps and extractors, also updated old icon
* Added a bunch of shortcuts to the planet view
* Added shortcut "U" to upgrade starbase platforms button
* Added shortcuts for upgrade "U" and trade route "T" buttons in starbase interface
* Strategic resources summary on the top bar will now show in red to let you know if any are in deficit
* Fixing devastation progress bar reaching 100% and disappearing
* Fixed so that unemployment by strata icons are properly displayed and have a working tooltip
* Rogue Servitor complex drone output bonus from each Bio-Trophy was not being displayed due to lack of decimals showing, this is fixed

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# AI
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* Big rework of military AI making it a lot smarter and more aggressive in war: better selection and maintenance of the aim, better follow through on invading worlds they are bombarding, not so easy to kite with tiny decoy fleets, more willing to reinforce neighboring friendlies under attack, etc
* AI is not so maniacal about crime that it rush builds 3 precinct houses on every planet
* The sector AI should now be better at upgrading buildings relevant to its selected focus
* Improved the AI's budgeting of Alloys
* AI will now only consider enacting population control if it cannot produce more housing
* Sector automation will now clear blockers if able, and if it is not building a building or district at that moment
* Rogue Servitors Less keen on building organic sanctuaries unless bio-trophies need them
* Sector AI will now upgrade buildings if possible
* All Sector Focuses will now try to upgrade their colony capital buildings if there are no other pressing needs
* AI will no longer obsessively shuffle scientists from one role to another every few days
* Lowered the AI's mineral budget allotment for ground armies (they were producing way too many)
* AI empires with alternative cost types for colony ships will now budget the correct resource for it
* AI prefers City districts over Housing buildings a bit more
* Fixed some edge cases where the AI would attempt to build its way out of unemployment with districts and buildings that its pops can't work
* Fixed AI not repairing damaged branch office buildings
* Fixed AI fleets getting stuck when their target goes MIA
* AI will not build nanite transfusers without nanite income or build more than 2 per planet

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# Performance
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* Removed redundant double calculations related to end game crisis that caused them to very negatively affect late game performance
* Reordered some operations in the invasion calculations to make sure the most expensive are done last

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# Modding
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* Added 'hyperlane_distance = { min max }' and 'hyperlane_jumps = { min max }' to system initializer 'neighbor_system = { ... }' block
* Pops now use the asset_selector again to choose their clothes
* Added new "is_scope_type" trigger that lets you know if you're a scope of a particular type: "is_scope_type = fleet"
* Removed the forced clothes index in pop categories and job types, to let the clothes selector do its magic
* There are now multipliers for previous job, previous tenants, survey and unemployment to the AI score used to fill in jobs

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# Bugfixes
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* Fixed edge case where multiple megastructures could be built in the same system
* Fixed missing missions for primitive observation posts
* Fixed planets still being colonized generating emigration push to other worlds. I know the offworld colonies weren't the paradise the holovid adverts made them out to be, but give them another generation or two...
* Fixed a broken string in the tooltip for the Egalitarian ethic
* Fixed guaranteed ideal nearby systems generating based on absolute distance rather than max jumps from homeworld, which could cause them to be isolated by unlucky jump lane network generation
* Fixed population controls disabling robot construction as well, so you can now improve the meatbag to metal ratio of your society
* Planets under colonization will no longer generate low stability alerts
* Fixed Strategic Resource notifications appearing for resources hidden behind Anomalies
* Winning an "impose ideology" war will no longer overwrite the defeated empires civics
* Impose Ideology war now properly creates an ally instead of a vassal
* Fixed a crash that happened when a ship was destroyed while being upgraded
* A lack of Nanites will now properly trigger a deficit warning and stop the resource production of Nanite Transmuters
* Fixed robots/synths being treated as organic when conquered by hive mind empires, and getting locked in the livestock job
* Fixed vassal integration wrongly costing no influence
* Fixed an issue where conquering Hive Minds could take over inappropriate buildings they have no use for, like Holo-Theatres
* Maintenance drones now correctly increase in priority when amenities are negative, and now don't have increased priority from traits when amenities are high
* Slave processing centers should no longer vanish when build anywhere but a Thrall-World
* Fixed some edge cases where the Life-Seeded Civic would not create a Gaia homeworld
* Head Researcher and Executive now have Amenity output modifiers and weights for several relevant traits (Repugnant, Charismatic, etc)
* Fixed Strong, Very Strong, Weak traits not being applied properly when playing as a gestalt empire
* Fixed displacement purge type wrongly applying the genocidal diplomatic opinion penalty
* Fixed "The Shattered Loop" event firing twice upon death of the Worm-in-Waiting
* Fixed a literally unplayable localization error in the Xeno-Compatibility tooltip
* Fixed Prikkik-Ti empire spawning on a planet without enough districts to support it
* Prikkiki-Ti will no longer spam player with multiple communications established messages
* Planets taken over by the Scourge or Contingency will now swap any capital buildings to a correct Machine or Hive capital
* Preferred habitability is no longer strictly tied to starting planet class if a civic changes the starting planet
* Fixed developing colonies being hidden in the outliner's Sectors group if on completion a new sector would be created
* Fixed pre-sapient policies disappearing if you purge all of them from your space, making fulfilment of certain faction demands impossible, because what are the screams of the innocent next to that sweet, sweet influence?
* Changed wording on the Strong/Very Strong traits. It was wrongly implying that is should affect the outcome of ALL worker strata jobs, not just basic resource extraction ones. Even if your clerks never skip leg day, they probably shouldn't benefit from these traits
* Added piracy suppression values to event generated ships that were missing them
* Fixed a few more cases of techs with the wrong specialty group assignment
* Fixed a minor discrepancy in the tooltip of the Sins of a Sun anomaly vs its actual in game effects
* Fixed a nasty exploit with downgrading fleets that could result in free alloys (thanks for the heads up on this, Reddit user nonium)
* Added missing torpedo components from the Spiritualist Fallen Empire Zealot-Class ship type
* Added a basic Zro income to Spiritualist Fallen empires to allow them to properly produce reinforcements for their damaged fleets
* The modifier for Refinery worlds should also now affect Gestalt jobs
* Fixed several ship weapons which had incorrect resource costs
* Energy/Culture Habitat districts should convert properly if a gestalt empire takes it from a normal empire, or vice versa
* Fixed a crash when a country gets a trade route that used to belong to someone else
* Fixed tooltip that hilariously claimed that setting a species to purge (except neuter) was a requirement for the Decent Living Standards
* Picking Life Seeded will no longer give automatic nearby ideal worlds that are also Gaia
* Randomized empires gets their starting planets, ethics and civics correctly set up when they start as life seeded or post apocalyptic
* Fixed OOS for diplomatic upkeep upon hotjoining
* Fixed some causes of country_resources OOS
* Restored non extermination types of purging
* Fixed script checking wrong resource for automated sector upgrading to research lab lvl 3
* Fixed Prethoryn purging primitives at an incorrect, too-slow rate
* Fixed the planet screen being cut off on the left side of the screen on certain resolutions
* Fixed empires in federations wrongly budgeting for Federation fleet ships as part of their own navy, and thus underdeveloping their own fleets
* Fixed a crash when gifting planets to a vassal
* Fixed a situation where replacing a district temporarily adds to the maximum numbers of built districts, as if you were building a new district
* Speed demon event will add the red/green traits even if your species is very strong/adaptive
* Fixed planets under colonization suffering low stability events
* Fixed Crisis purging yet again (for a galaxy-threatening menace they sure seem easy to dissuade from their mission of doom)

When testing the new 2.2.6 beta build, remember we always welcome constructive feedback! Your reports, especially on o
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March 14

DEV CLASH RESUMES TODAY TUESDAY 14 OF MARCH - 15:00 CET - https://www.twitch.tv/paradoxinteractive


Hi all!

Today we will resume our Dev Clash! Make sure to tune in on Twitch at 15:00 CET! You simply have to click here!

Naturally everything will be available in VOD in the coming days!
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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

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 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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