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Play as a huge corporation in the just announced Stellaris: MegaCorp expansion

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Paradox has just announced the latest full expansion for Stellaris named MegaCorp and as the name suggests it's focusing on profit on a galactic scale. During their livestream, they mentioned it's not finished and they're not ready to give out a date just yet.

Teaser below:

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Features coming with the paid expansion will include:

  • Corporate Culture: Chief Executive Officers of a MegaCorp can conduct business on a galaxy-wide scale with a host of new civics. By building Branch Offices on planets within empires they have trade agreements with, the MegaCorp can add a portion of the planet’s Trade Value to their own network. Using the new Corporate Authority, construct an economic powerhouse and dominate galactic trade - for a brighter future.
  • City World: With Ecumenopolis, players can increase the population density of core worlds to truly epic proportions, eventually creating a planet-spanning megacity.
  • Caravaneer Fleets: Keep an eye out for the Caravaneers, nomadic interstellar wheelers-and-dealers who stay aloof from galactic politics, and always have a bargain up their sleeve. Expect surprises when these master traders wander through your space or when you visit their home systems.
  • More Megastructures: Budget has been approved for your own glorious Matter Decompressor, Mega-Art Installation or Strategic Coordination Center to acquire new scaling capabilities for your megalopolis.
  • Galactic Slave Market: Buy and sell labor on an industrial scale, set them free or keep them as livestock. The choice is yours!
  • VIP Status Comes with its Perks: Keep your economy competitive in a cutthroat galaxy with additional Ascension perks.

Find out more on the Paradox site.

This is going to be very interesting to try, I'm looking forward to performing my first hostile takeover of a rival corp or perhaps I can make a massive galaxy-wide MegaChurch and spread the good word.

They also announced a "Dev Clash" where they're playing the MegaCorp expansion which will be happening tomorrow. I imagine that it will be on their Twitch Channel.

If you don't own Stellaris, you can find it on Humble Store, GOG and Steam.

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draxil 24 October 2018 at 2:10 pm UTC
Looks good. They're getting past fixing the base design and adding pure fun to it now.
antisol 24 October 2018 at 3:52 pm UTC
Another Stellaris DLC?

This is now at the point where it's completely ridiculous. I just looked on the humble store and right now to buy the whole game it'll cost you more than $125! And that's not including this new DLC or the Galaxy/Nova Deluxe editions.

I'd really like to play, it looks like a great game, but for that kind of money I'd expect a AAA title that will give me about 500 hours of gameplay. As a comparison, Civilization V only cost me about $30 with all the DLC bundled. I think I spent about $20 on Kerbal Space Program and I have almost a thousand hours logged in that game. These endless expansions are madness, and I can't see why anyone would be suckered into buying yet another expansion for this game. Personally I'll just wait a few years until there's a complete bundle with all 497 DLCs included for $25.

I'd be very interested to hear opinions justifying how Stellaris represents value for money.
ajgp 24 October 2018 at 4:07 pm UTC
antisolI'd be very interested to hear opinions justifying how Stellaris represents value for money.

I have all the DLC (bar 1, but thats because I have not played since that was released) and I plan on picking this + the other one I dont have up when its out.

For value, I guess thats a personal thing, you can certainly pickup Stellaris and it's preceding DLC on sales quite often and for newcomer I would definately wait and go for that, around new DLC time the old DLC tends to be discounted. I personally am happy with what I have spent, each DLC gets me at least 2-3 new playthroughs and I spend as much time on those each as I would for a full priced new game, all have added depth and interest to the game.

If you like replaying games with new twists the DLC is definately worth it, if you prefer brand new experiences for your buck, then I would say your better off spending on a new title.


Last edited by ajgp at 24 October 2018 at 4:08 pm UTC
BTRE 24 October 2018 at 4:27 pm UTC
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antisolI'd be very interested to hear opinions justifying how Stellaris represents value for money.

The game is over 2 years old now and I've sunk in hundreds of hours into it. Buying a DLC that interests me (they're pretty modular and often optional, I skipped the cosmetic DLC until they were heavily discounted) isn't that big of an investment given the returns in gameplay time. Paradox Development studios keeps their games updated (look at the changelogs, here's the one that came along with Distant Stars, a lot of free content there) in a way that most studios don't because of their business model. I mean, Crusader Kings 2 is still getting updates and that's a mostly singleplayer game from 2012. How's that funded? Well, since it's a niche genre where selling a million copies is a big deal, it's obviously due to DLC.

I probably have somewhere close to 2000 hours in Civ 5 personally, but both expansions as well as the scenario+civilizations DLC easily put the price of everything at around $200 if you bought things at launch. You can't really generalize about the value for money things in that regard except that buying things years later will usually be much cheaper. Dunno what else to tell you other than it's unlikely that Paradox games will ever have a "complete" bundle for $25, given that CK2 content is at most 75% off in their regular sales (average is probably 50% off).

And, well, when deciding whether to be excited for new DLC it helps that their games are generally tons of fun, mod-friendly and endlessly replayable
14 24 October 2018 at 4:45 pm UTC
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antisolI'd be very interested to hear opinions justifying how Stellaris represents value for money.
You can also search previous Stellaris articles, here at GoL, where this same question always comes up. What I basically said last time is that I've spent probably around $40 on Stellaris + the few DLC's I have and I have 100 hours into the game. That's worth it to me. Am I willing to shell out some more cash to makes things interesting and play another 20 hours or so? Yeah, I am.

You can also just ignore the DLC if its existence offends you. Buy the base game on sale, play it as much as you like, then leave it. You will get plenty of gameplay from vanilla Stellaris.

As far as this full expansion is concerned, I will probably get it! It sounds great to me. I am curious how it lines up with their really big patch they announced not too long ago. That hasn't been released yet, right?


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Purple Library Guy 24 October 2018 at 5:11 pm UTC
antisolAnother Stellaris DLC?
Oh, for crying out loud. This is how Paradox does things and this argument has been hashed out dozens of times. Isn't it about time people bloody got used to it?
Purple Library Guy 24 October 2018 at 5:13 pm UTC
This looks like an interesting one. With my current cash flow might wait for a sale, but I think it's definitely on my list.
liamdawe 24 October 2018 at 6:33 pm UTC
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antisolAnother Stellaris DLC?
Oh, for crying out loud. This is how Paradox does things and this argument has been hashed out dozens of times. Isn't it about time people bloody got used to it?
Yeah, I grow tired of this too but we do have to remember we have thousands of users registered. Most people don't look at older articles.

People buy the new Call of Duty/Battlefield/x sequel all the time, why is it any different to picking up an expansion to extend a game you already love, with even more to love? By doing so, you get to spend even more time with something you enjoy, the developers continue to work on it with free content on top of expansion and it ends up as a win for both sides.
Purple Library Guy 24 October 2018 at 6:54 pm UTC
To be honest I don't really want to play a corporation. I just want them to exist so I can go hunting. Plus the City World, Caravaneers and more megastructures look nice.
SharkMachine 24 October 2018 at 8:15 pm UTC
liamdawe
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antisolAnother Stellaris DLC?
Oh, for crying out loud. This is how Paradox does things and this argument has been hashed out dozens of times. Isn't it about time people bloody got used to it?
Yeah, I grow tired of this too but we do have to remember we have thousands of users registered. Most people don't look at older articles.

People buy the new Call of Duty/Battlefield/x sequel all the time, why is it any different to picking up an expansion to extend a game you already love, with even more to love? By doing so, you get to spend even more time with something you enjoy, the developers continue to work on it with free content on top of expansion and it ends up as a win for both sides.
I don't mind this model myself, but I think their implementation could be better (mainly by older content getting cheaper). For example 251,58€ to get Europa Universalis IV with all the DLC is just too much.
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