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Stellaris: Distant Stars Story Pack and the 2.1 patch are now out

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Stellaris: Distant Stars Story Pack, the latest DLC for Paradox Development Studio's grand space strategy game is now out.

Disclosure: DLC key provided by their PR team.

While I absolutely adore Stellaris, there was always one point in particular I wasn't happy with. How it ended up feeling a little empty at times and how you would see some of the same events quite often. Thanks to the Stellaris: Distant Stars Story Pack and the latest patch, this has improved dramatically.

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Of course, as typical for Paradox, the DLC came with a big free 2.1 patch for everyone as well named "Niven". I will briefly highlight some stuff from it:

  • Galaxy generation has been reworked for more interesting hyperlane terrain
  • Added binary star systems
  • Added trinary star systems
  • Added new star classes
  • Situation Log will now list anomolies
  • Plus it's rammed full of bug fixes!

See the full patch details here. Pretty damn good for a free patch!

Honestly, I'm in love with some of the new system designs, some of them really have been quite breathtaking in their absolute beauty. I'm a bit of a space fanatic, so this is a brilliant addition. Just look at this:

As for the DLC, it's made exploration so much more rewards it's crazy. Previously, the start of a game after you've played a few could be a little boring, but now it feels fresh and exciting again. Seeing how different some star systems can be, certainly has the explorer in me quite happy with it. It would be too easy to spoil it, as it's something you need to experience for yourself if you're a Stellaris fan.

In terms on anomalies, they claim they added around 50% more over the base game. They've also added three more huge space creatures, namely the Voidspawn, Tiyanki Matriarch and the Scavenger Bot. Some might be gentle and some…not so.

No obvious issues encountered with the Linux version with the patch and expansion, works as well as it always has for me.

You can grab Distant Stars from the Humble Store, Paradox Store or Steam. I consider this pack pretty essential for making the game a lot more interesting for repeated playthroughs.

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Mountain Man 22 May 2018 at 1:34 pm UTC
Ah, crap, and here I just started a new game of Stellaris this past weekend.

It's my dream to one day complete a full run of a Paradox game before the next major patch is released.
pete910 22 May 2018 at 4:10 pm UTC
Mountain ManAh, crap, and here I just started a new game of Stellaris this past weekend.

It's my dream to one day complete a full run of a Paradox game before the next major patch is released.

May be lucky and still compatible with this patch

Edit :

No they ain't


Last edited by pete910 at 22 May 2018 at 4:12 pm UTC
FredO 22 May 2018 at 5:37 pm UTC
I opted into the 2.0.5 beta before it had a chance to upgrade. There's no way I'm starting my run for the third time, so this update and DLC will have to wait. It's nice they keep updating the game though!
Mountain Man 22 May 2018 at 6:38 pm UTC
pete910
Mountain ManAh, crap, and here I just started a new game of Stellaris this past weekend.

It's my dream to one day complete a full run of a Paradox game before the next major patch is released.

May be lucky and still compatible with this patch

Edit :

No they ain't

Paradox's major patches are rarely backwards compatible.
jo3fis 22 May 2018 at 7:14 pm UTC
Just bought the previous 2 Apocalypse and Synthetic Dawn on their site. Awesome that they are continuing support with patches and Improving the game.

Don't mind supporting them with DLC as it keeps both them and the game alive.

Looks like they have rocked the boat with the most recent 2.0 patch and changes though.

What are people's thoughts on this?


Last edited by jo3fis at 22 May 2018 at 7:16 pm UTC. Edited 2 times.
Philadelphus 22 May 2018 at 9:48 pm UTC
As an astronomer I'm so happy to finally see multiple-star systems in the game!

I also really enjoy the Leviathans (I picked up that story pack pretty much entirely for the Ether Drake ), so I'm definitely picking this one up.
pete910 23 May 2018 at 7:10 am UTC
If you don't want to know some of what's in the new DLC don't click the spoiler

Spoiler, click me
Dont unlock the L-gates until you have a couple of 40k ish fleets, As samsai,Humbug and me discovered last night!
archnem 23 May 2018 at 10:18 pm UTC
pete910If you don't want to know some of what's in the new DLC don't click the spoiler

Spoiler, click me
Dont unlock the L-gates until you have a couple of 40k ish fleets, As samsai,Humbug and me discovered last night!

Learned it the hard way as well...
pete910 24 May 2018 at 8:05 am UTC
archnem
pete910If you don't want to know some of what's in the new DLC don't click the spoiler

Spoiler, click me
Dont unlock the L-gates until you have a couple of 40k ish fleets, As samsai,Humbug and me discovered last night!

Learned it the hard way as well...



Thing is, I never said that I unlocked them so they had know idea what was happening nor what caused it.
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