Paradox Interactive has released the 3.3 'Libra' Update for Stellaris, as their "custodians" initiative continues with a dedicated team working on free updates. There's a huge assortment of fixes available from game balance to AI adjustments.
Some of the highlights include:
- A Unity system rework
- Added planetary ascensions
- Improved AI economy management
- Performance improvements
- New anomalies, dig sites and story events
- Bug fixes and modding improvements
The performance improvements are going to be welcome, which were focused around pop job weight calculations and some game engine adjustments. Paradox say you should see a "50%" decrease in the time it takes per year at the start of the game. Of course that should translate into the later game too, when things usually start slowing.