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Stellaris continues to evolve, with Paradox almost ready to put out their latest expansion and free update. Both are set to release on Thursday, December 6th.

For the MegaCorp expansion, we already knew the majority of what was coming since they had announced a lot of it previously, however they also recently put up a new overview video:

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In short, you will get access to:

  • Megacorporation empire type
  • Arcology Project ascension perk to transform a planet into one massive city
  • Hive Worlds is another ascension perk like the previous but for the Hive Minds
  • A new Xeno-Compatibility ascension perk to allow for cross-breeding between species
  • Universal Transactions is yet another new ascension perk which allows for Megacorporation empires to establish branch offices and commercial pacts
  • Caravaneers which are space traders
  • New Megastructures
  • A galactic Slave Market
  • New music and more.

As usual, they will also release a massive free patch which makes Stellaris go through another evolution. There's entirely new features, old features have been reworked and so on. They're calling the 2.2 patch Le Guin. This is going to change the game quite a lot, there's far too much to cover in a single article.

One of the biggest changes, are the removal of tiles on planets. Instead, they're going with a system split across Districts, Buildings, and Jobs. This is a pretty big change to how you setup your planets and it does look pretty good. Additionally, there's a new Internal Market allowing you to convert resources at a cost along with a Galactic Market allowing you to buy and sell between different empires. There's tons more, but those are pretty big by themselves.

See the full notes on the expansion and patch here on the Paradox forum. We do have a key to the patch and expansion, so we should have some basic thoughts on how different it is at release or a few days after.

For those who don't own Stellaris, you can grab a copy along with various DLC from Humble Store, GOG and Steam.

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Boldos 4 December 2018 at 11:16 am UTC
Far too pricey for €19,99.
Also, with other free changes coming with the update, I'm afraid there might be far too many changes at once...
Hence not purchasing the DLC now....

(Lets see how long my will stands until it breaks and I purchase Megacorps DLC for any price [I estimate my will breaks no later than just before Christmas])


Last edited by Boldos at 4 December 2018 at 11:17 am UTC
ajgp 4 December 2018 at 11:37 am UTC
BoldosFar too pricey for €19,99.
Also, with other free changes coming with the update, I'm afraid there might be far too many changes at once...
Hence not purchasing the DLC now....

(Lets see how long my will stands until it breaks and I purchase Megacorps DLC for any price [I estimate my will breaks no later than just before Christmas])

I am waiting until my next Stellaris playthrough before I hover up the Megacorp DLC (Hopefully that is before the next major reworking!) That said I love this game, and my next game I want to try and get involved in a MP game as it would be awesome to play against other players.
kean 4 December 2018 at 11:49 am UTC
The most awaited DLC from my side so far, I wanted to wait, but I was not able to resist a 15€ offer for it. 20€ is a bit pricey for a DLC, but on the other hand you do not have to buy another game as they keep developing the same game and even releasing new and free updates, so basically DLC is like support for them to keep up the good work
Hori 4 years 4 December 2018 at 12:32 pm UTC
Huge (or rather... mega?) and interesting changes.

I just hope that they will have a similarly-big patch dedicated to optimisations in the future... On big maps the game is unplayable towards the end game... Well maybe not unplayable completely, but bad enough to make it burden and unenjoyable.
Oh... how I regret not building a Ryzen-based system now...


Last edited by Hori at 4 December 2018 at 12:33 pm UTC
Patola 4 December 2018 at 1:00 pm UTC
Can't stand playing Stellaris anymore. The game changes too much and too quickly and all the paid extra content makes me feel the base game is utterly incomplete. That's one game I once liked but now dislike not because of quality, but policy.


Last edited by Patola at 4 December 2018 at 1:01 pm UTC
KohlyKohl 4 December 2018 at 2:43 pm UTC
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PatolaCan't stand playing Stellaris anymore. The game changes too much and too quickly and all the paid extra content makes me feel the base game is utterly incomplete. That's one game I once liked but now dislike not because of quality, but policy.

I feel the same way. Once in a great while I will play the Star Trek mod but even that feels too much like the base game to last long.
Xicronic 4 December 2018 at 3:08 pm UTC
PatolaCan't stand playing Stellaris anymore. The game changes too much and too quickly and all the paid extra content makes me feel the base game is utterly incomplete. That's one game I once liked but now dislike not because of quality, but policy.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ this is their first take at a space-age grand strategy game, they're still experimenting. Personally I like that the updates feel substantial and change gameplay. Plus you can always revert to a previous version you liked with the instructions here
kean 4 December 2018 at 3:52 pm UTC
Sadly Stellaris is using 1 thread so it does not really matter what CPU you use, you will hit a bottleneck at some point
Apparition_B5 4 December 2018 at 4:38 pm UTC
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I already pre-ordered the DLC two weeks ago. I can't wait.
Colombo 5 December 2018 at 8:14 pm UTC
Xicronic
PatolaCan't stand playing Stellaris anymore. The game changes too much and too quickly and all the paid extra content makes me feel the base game is utterly incomplete. That's one game I once liked but now dislike not because of quality, but policy.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ this is their first take at a space-age grand strategy game, they're still experimenting. Personally I like that the updates feel substantial and change gameplay. Plus you can always revert to a previous version you liked with the instructions here


Except they this the same with EU4 and CK2.
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