PDXCON is now in full swing and the announcement are being handed out like candy. First up, Paradox Interactive and Paradox Development Studio have announced Stellaris: Federations and Stellaris: Lithoids Species Pack.
Stellaris: Federations announcement trailer:
Currently, Paradox are only saying Federations will be available later this year. Once we have a confirmed date, we will let you know. Federations feature highlight:
Expanded Federations: With expanded diplomacy capabilities, players can build up the internal cohesion of their Federations and unlock powerful rewards for all members. Whether you join a Trade League, Martial Alliance, or Hegemony, membership can be extremely advantageous.
Galactic Community: Unite the space empires with a galactic senate that can vote on a wide range of resolutions to drive legislative agendas. For example, players can pass a resolution to increase commitments to collective defense or funnel profit towards wealthy elites. Members can also sanction those who defy the community, and enact a single galactic focus. Sway the senate to position yourself as a leader, trading favors and maneuvering, doing whatever it takes to gain influence among schemers.
Origins: Each empire has a story that shapes its path. Give your civilization deeper roots with the new system of Origins. By choosing an Origin, players can flesh out their empire’s background and alter its starting conditions. Whether it’s Void Dwellers who have abandoned their homeworld to live in perpetual orbit, or a society that worships and protects a powerful Tree of Life, you can lay the groundwork wisely for the seeds of your empire.
New Constructions: Construct glorious new projects for your empire like the Juggernaut, a massive mobile starbase that provides a moveable repair base even in enemy territory, or the Mega Shipyard, a new megastructure that can churn out fleets with incredible speed. Offering both tactical advantages and a good dose of shock and/or awe, these are sure to be an asset to any space empire.
This sounds like a pretty epic update! I've just recently started up a new game of Stellaris with GamingOnLinux contributor Samsai so this is all quite exciting. It's already a huge game and being able to have a much more detailed Federation is going to make games a whole lot more interesting in the later game.
As for the Stellaris: Lithoids Species Pack, it's one of their much smaller packs but it's not all cosmetic changes this time. It will include 15 new portraits for Lithoids and 1 of a Lithoid robot, a new voice pack and Mineral-based ship models. Additionally, it comes with a new play style that has a focus on mineral production, relentless colonization of even the most marginal worlds, and refusing to cede an inch of your empire. They also have an announcement trailer for this pack:
Unlike Federations, Lithoids Species Pack has an actual release date of October 24 and will be priced around $7.99 / £5.79 / €7.99.
If you want to know more and wishlist/follow each of them you can do so below:
I will be going over other Paradox news today too, stay tuned.