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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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Purple Library Guy 24 October 2018 at 8:18 pm UTC
Purple Library Guy
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.
You're right, my apologies. I will endeavour to be more civil about it.
Hal_Kado 24 October 2018 at 10:06 pm UTC
Nice, corporate culture has been a topic of discussion at work recently. Perhaps playing this expansion will help me develop better ideas around this.....

* Shows up at meeting with a powerpoint labelled "How to promote corporate culture among slave livestock"
Appelsin 25 October 2018 at 7:12 am UTC
liamdawePeople 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.

So much, this. It's strange that it's OK to sell what is essentially [last year's game] + [1 new stuff] year after year, but keeping a great game alive with a lot of expansions isn't.

Could Paradox have conjured up one, or even two games out of [Stellaris base game] + [expansion + DLC]? Likely, yes. But they don't. Imo, this is a much more honest way of selling games. Not to mention that it does shine a pretty strong light on the gaming market in general, especially the "AAA" portion.

Last edited by Appelsin at 25 October 2018 at 7:13 am UTC
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