Oh goodie, more ways to completely mess with the whole galaxy. Stellaris: Overlord has been announced as the next full proper expansion for the popular grand-strategy game from Paradox.

Overlord will grant you access to new features centred around more intricate management of intergalactic empires, from specialized vassals to powerful new megastructures. Sounds like it gives you more tools to become some sort of evil empire, although not just that as you will be able to help out other systems you control too. With their changes it also means if you become a vassal it's not a delayed game over, with new options to play through.

From the press release:

“The stories our players have told through the last six years of Stellaris never fail to amaze us,” said Stephen Muray, Game Director of Stellaris at Paradox Development Studio. “We’ve seen empires rise and fall, unite and destroy, and clash overtly or covertly with their galactic neighbors. With Overlord, we want to give players more options and opportunities to realize their own ‘space operas,’ build a universe full of grand houses or squabbling vassals, and see how long they can hold power over what they’ve created. Look for more details on what it means to be a galactic Overlord very soon!”

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No date is being given yet other than "soon" and it will bring a big free 3.4 "Cepheus" update to Stellaris with new content and adjustments for all. More info in their new developer diary.

I'm pretty excited by the sound of this one.

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Cepheus update for the Overlord expansion, eh? Cepheus was the mythical king of Ethiopia, husband of Cassiopeia and father of Andromeda in the story of Perseus saving Andromeda from Cetus. An appropriate constellation pick.

I also enjoy playing with a bunch of vassals, so an overhaul of the vassalization system sounds cool. Especially if it becomes more like Crusader Kings, allowing you to play indefinitely as a vassal of a more powerful empire in a sort of "space feudalism" structure (where you either plot to take over from within, or serve as a loyal retainer).
This sounds cool, although up to now I haven't done the whole vassal thing much. Now and then some little group that's been getting the snot kicked out of them by unpleasant neighbour/s will say "We can't make it alone! Will you be our boss?" and I'll be like "Well, OK I guess" and then they sort of sit there unless one fine day I remember to assimilate them.

Normally I just expand until I run into all the borders, pick a neighbour who hates me and start carving bits off them whenever I get the Influence together to claim a nice chunk of their systems. Lather, rinse and repeat until a crisis hits or something.

But I should really try it sometime.
I'm always excited about a new Stellaris expansion because I bought the complete soundtrack on Steam several years ago, and every time a new expansion is released, the music is automatically added to my library.
foobrew 18 Mar
Quoting: Mountain ManI'm always excited about a new Stellaris expansion because I bought the complete soundtrack on Steam several years ago, and every time a new expansion is released, the music is automatically added to my library.

So buying the soundtrack separately automatically gives you access to all future expansion soundtracks too? If so, that's pretty sweet. I have the "Original Game Soundtrack" which came with a bundle but not sure if it includes any future ones since I've yet to buy any expansions...the vanilla game still overwhelming enough and I have about 100 hours into it already.
Mal 18 Mar
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Quoting: foobrewSo buying the soundtrack separately automatically gives you access to all future expansion soundtracks too? If so, that's pretty sweet. I have the "Original Game Soundtrack" which came with a bundle but not sure if it includes any future ones since I've yet to buy any expansions...the vanilla game still overwhelming enough and I have about 100 hours into it already.

I dunno how humble bundle manages goodies. But on Steam ofc the service is top of the class. Check this link. Perhaps you actually bought the steam dlc with the bundle and in that case you already have everything in your game folder.

Edit:

Actually I just remembered that some time ago I had some issues with this feature since at game release the files were located in the game folder... and they are still there, but only the vanilla ones which ofc may give the wrong idea that that's it (Pdx should remove those files from the game folder). So to make it short: find all your mp3s by using the steam client with library -> soundtracks -> stellaris > "browse local files".


Last edited by Mal on 18 March 2022 at 1:11 am UTC
Quoting: foobrew
Quoting: Mountain ManI'm always excited about a new Stellaris expansion because I bought the complete soundtrack on Steam several years ago, and every time a new expansion is released, the music is automatically added to my library.

So buying the soundtrack separately automatically gives you access to all future expansion soundtracks too? If so, that's pretty sweet. I have the "Original Game Soundtrack" which came with a bundle but not sure if it includes any future ones since I've yet to buy any expansions...the vanilla game still overwhelming enough and I have about 100 hours into it already.

If you buy the Complete Soundtrack, then the music from all future DLC is added as it's released as both MP3 and FLAC. It's up to nearly 60 tracks of music at the moment, and for only $6.99 is a hell of deal.

https://store.steampowered.com/app/492740/Stellaris_Complete_Soundtrack/

You'll find the files in

/home/<username>/.steam/steamapps/music/Stellaris Original Game Soundtrack

At least that's where they are on my system.


Last edited by Mountain Man on 18 March 2022 at 1:27 am UTC
Hmm, it might just be a coincidence, but an overhaul of vassal mechanics around the time Dune came out? Wonder if we'll see any references…
nenoro 19 Mar
me who recently bought the aquatics and nemesis... i don't know if i can keep up with paradox
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