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Stellaris: Apocalypse [Steam] is set to be a pretty big expansion, with lots of goodies to come for Stellaris fans. It's releasing soon, so Paradox has an overview video up.

As a reminder, it will release on February 22nd. As usual for Paradox games, it will also see a big patch release full of fixes and new features free for existing owners.

Without further ramblings, here's their new overview video:

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I honestly can't wait to start blowing up planets, time for my Empire to rule the stars. I've thought for too long the combat in Stellaris was quite lacking, so it's pleasing to see it become the focus for this expansion.

Also, while we're on the subject of Paradox, it seems one person at Paradox Interactive (the publisher, not to be confused with the actual developer, Paradox Development Studio) noticed a decline in Linux sales. Would be a good time to show them it's worth continuing to support us. Here's what they said on Twitter:

[…] Sadly Linux is less than a percent of the sales and keeps dwindling. SteamOS didn't turn out to be what we all hoped. The Linux community needs to grow or spend more to stay viable. 

It's a little disconcerting to read, but hopefully they will continue to support Linux gaming for some time. Paradox Interactive do publish a bunch of games that don't support Linux, but perhaps if they see an improvement in future more of their published games (in addition to games directly from Paradox Development Studio, like Stellaris) may see Linux support. A number of their games do cater to a niche, so perhaps their games just aren't as popular as I thought they would be with Linux gamers. I've asked if they can share any specific data about it, so hopefully we can talk about that more in future.

Ps. I realise it can be confusing with the publisher and developer both starting with "Paradox", but they are different. The article text was adjusted after publishing to make it much clearer.

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Supay 15 February 2018 at 11:43 pm UTC
liamdaweWell Cities Skylines is made by Colossal Order Ltd. and it's only published by Paradox Interactive (again, not be confused with the Paradox studio). A lot of times, the developer can be the one making the platform decisions, not the publisher.

In the case of Cities, it's a Unity game, so they didn't exactly need to re-work tons of Linux.

I believe it's even more confusing, if I remember the podcast details correctly, as Cities Skylines is developed by Colossal Order, and published by Paradox Interactive, but Paradox actually owns the intellectual property to Cities.

Paradox likes to retain IP where possible and approaches developers directly to work for them if they think they have the right capabilities for an idea. I think it was Cities where this happened. Not sure on Surviving Mars or Battletech.
Supay 15 February 2018 at 11:47 pm UTC
Paradox also bought White Wolf Publishing recently. They keep mentioning a number of secret games under development, with at least one being announced at PDX Con in May. They were working on a Norse RPG a while back which looked great but was cancelled as they couldn't get the tactical combat to be any fun. I'm hoping May is the Victoria III announcement but it could also include a White Wolf game either then or soon.
Crazy Penguin 16 February 2018 at 12:37 am UTC
Alm888
UltraAltesBrotParadox games are DRM free, see here.

Sorry, but I see Steam, Steam and Steam in the link and as we all know Steam does not allow game downloads without its DRM client (and needless to say neither of the three games interests me). I have nothing against Paradox personally (even brought Tyranny on GOG, which shows, they can do DRM-free when they want to).

I'll start using Steam the first minute Valve removes its DRM-client (or makes it optional).

You got it completely wrong. Yes, you need the client to download the games, BUT after that you can play the Paradox Games and lots of other games without Steam. You can backup and copy it onto many computer as you like. NO DRM is stopping you!!!

Also no developer or publisher is forced to use the SteamDRM, so it is optional already!
STiAT 16 February 2018 at 1:10 am UTC
I have to admit I didn't buy a game in quite some time. Nothing released which fits my taste.

I probably got more picky because I can choose now, so my focus is RPGs, city building and puzzle games.

There were times where I could not choose, where I just bought ... that's not possible any longer, so I buy only if I am really interested.
Kandarihu 16 February 2018 at 1:11 am UTC
I wish we could point out to Paradox that the reason for the abysmally small market share in Linux is largely due to growth of Windows in Asia (particularly China) is outstripping Linux growth worldwide. I'm really strapped for cash, but I can do my part by buying the Apocalypse DLC when 2.0 comes out. I already bought a $20 Steam card and will be spending it all on that. I'm going to have to wait until my money is freer before I buy the Humanoid Pack and the Galactic Edition Upgrade, but I fully plan on doing so.
Micromegas 16 February 2018 at 3:09 am UTC
Ok, Paradox, I hear you. I just bought Stellaris although I have a backlog of (Linux) games to play in a magnitude of years of possible playtime.

But I got an itch to play Stellaris in the last days anyway. And the game runs really smoothly even on older hardware. Well done, Paradox.

But even if I survey the whole galaxy in Stellaris I probably won't find an answer to the question why there are not more Linux users in the universe.


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Micromegas 16 February 2018 at 3:26 am UTC
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liamdaweThis is what I find interesting though, you're not forced to buy the DLC, you can likely buy the base game and be content with the many hours it would bring you. Once it feels stale, pick up one the major DLC and so on. Paradox strategy games are generally full of content to keep you busy without expansions.

True, you're not, but from the article: "I've thought for too long the combat in Stellaris was quite lacking". I'd just rather play a 'functionally' complete game once (either with/without ~3 content expansions). The model often used here just feels like too much of a guessing game personally.

I do appreciate the flexibility Paradox's approach affords though - for myself (and possibly others in my position) it just doesn't sit quite right

I think most of the actual gameplay changes/enhancements that accompany a DLC do get rolled into the main game, though. So if I don't buy Apocalypse I won't get the planetbusters or the huge flagships but I will still get the Cherryh rule changes, not so? So if the rule changes improve combat I get my improved combat, and if I buy the game after Apocalypse comes out I will be buying a version of the game with the improved combat.

Indeed, most of the gameplay changes in Paradox games are given free to all owners of the base game. But I have to say that for Europa Universalis IV I'm right now using deliberately not the most updated base game (you can choose other versions of EU IV to install in the Steam client via the "Betas" tab under "Properties" ) because I want to play the game without some changes after the 1.11.4 version.
Micromegas 16 February 2018 at 4:01 am UTC
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Alm888Sorry, Paradox, but DRM-free or it didn't happen. I won't give Valve a cent.

<rant>

You do realize that this attitude is part of what might make bigger publishers reconsider supporting Linux, yes? If you're not buying their games for purely ideological reasons (and that's what it is), they might oblige and stop offering them.

Am I a fan of DRM? Certainly not. But mildly intrusive systems like Steam's are still better than having no games at all. And as others have pointed out, Paradox doesn't even -use- Steam's DRM features, so this makes boycotting them extra-dumb in my book.

This Steam bashing coming from some zealots here makes me angry, in all honesty. Without Valve pushing us, we would have a handful of low-budget, garage-made Indie games and Tux Racer to play. In other words, nothing worth mentioning. I guess I wouldn't even BE here, because I'd still use Windows 99% of the time when playing games, instead of the other way around, which Valve had no small part in making possible.

If people like you would finally put their knuckleheaded ideology away and start buying games from Steam they would have bought from GOG without even thinking twice, publishers like Paradox wouldn't think about dropping support for us. In other words, yes, I think you're a part of the problem here.

PS: I hope you don't have any Android/iOS smartphone, any streaming subscription or cable TV either. All of these have built-in DRM, so you folks have to boycott them, too!

</rant>

It is vital that the operating system itself and all applications you need to process important files, data and information are not only free of DRM but actually Open Source. Free of DRM is important where security, reliability and your control over the processed data is important.

But I don't see such a big problem with DRM in games - other than the problem that you can't sell them.

Games are not yet there to be that important. Movies on the other hand (and of course books) can be more important for a free society to be free of DRM.
Ockert 16 February 2018 at 4:10 am UTC
What they don't see is when a Linux user such as myself picks up their game and then gets all his windows buddies to pick it up as well. I mean I got 7 other people to purchase it. Come on
SuperTux 16 February 2018 at 5:05 am UTC
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OckertWhat they don't see is when a Linux user such as myself picks up their game and then gets all his windows buddies to pick it up as well. I mean I got 7 other people to purchase it. Come on

Why not reply to him via the linked Twitter message? .
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