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Stellaris: MegaCorp expansion to release December 6th

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Have you always wanted to build your own powerful corporate empire? On December 6th you will get that chance.

Paradox have announced the rather large Stellaris: MegaCorp expansion is releasing then, as usual it should come with a hefty free content patch for all players too.

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It's a full expansion, not some cosmetic DLC and so it 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 pops 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!

For those that missed the recent DevClash where the team will fight against each other, the first part is up on YouTube. They stream this every week on Twitch, so be sure to subscribe to their official channel for notifications of when they're live for it.

We should be getting a review key as usual, so I should have some thoughts up at release.

You can find Stellaris and the various DLC on Humble Store, GOG and Steam.

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pcavalcanti 21 November 2018 at 11:05 am UTC
I haven't played Stellaris for a long time. It got pretty repetitive after some time... I'll check some youtube let's plays to see if this shakes things up enough.
liamdawe 21 November 2018 at 11:09 am UTC
pcavalcantiI haven't played Stellaris for a long time. It got pretty repetitive after some time... I'll check some youtube let's plays to see if this shakes things up enough.
What expansions do you have? The main expansions have removed a lot of the repetitive behaviour of the game so far.
pungentstentch 21 November 2018 at 11:20 am UTC
19.99 € for an expansion, as it likely was with Utopia, Apocalypse... Not so much content behind a huge pay wall (I know they release a free update as well with some changes alongside the DLC release).

I'll be totally fine with a reasonable price, 8-10 €, but the price of a game (19.99 €) for a DLC with not that much content? And that keeping in mind that Paradox 75% sales are something long forgotten (see last sales so far).

Sorry Paradox but while I like your game and understand you are supporting it through DLC I cannot concur with this overpriced madness. After buying the base game (30 €), Utopia (19.99 €), Apocalypse (19.99), etc... I keep feeling how much the game needs in terms of content yet and how much I'm willing to pay.

I'll religiously wait for a proper sale/price (8-10 €) or not play at all from now on this DLC pricey craziness.
pcavalcanti 21 November 2018 at 11:45 am UTC
liamdawe
pcavalcantiI haven't played Stellaris for a long time. It got pretty repetitive after some time... I'll check some youtube let's plays to see if this shakes things up enough.
What expansions do you have? The main expansions have removed a lot of the repetitive behaviour of the game so far.

I have all of them all the way to Apocalypse. But it was in Apocalypse that I stopped playing. The waiting around for influence points and getting blocked from expanding quite early several times got things boring to me. At times I was literally just watching Youtube as I waited for the credits to roll in so I could upgrade bases and build more fleets. The constant pirate attacks got very old very quickly as well. Bugs with the fleet builder also annoyed me to no end. So, I hope this expansion makes the game worthwhile again.
Doc Angelo 21 November 2018 at 11:55 am UTC
pungentstentchbase game (30 €)

It's 40 even. There is the "Starter Pack" available on Steam. It's the base game and two expansions. You get a 10% discount on it, which makes it ~70 bucks.

They chose a really horrible name for this bundle. 70 bucks - and that's just the start. Literally.
pcavalcanti 21 November 2018 at 12:00 pm UTC
pungentstentch19.99 € for an expansion, as it likely was with Utopia, Apocalypse... Not so much content behind a huge pay wall (I know they release a free update as well with some changes alongside the DLC release).

I'll be totally fine with a reasonable price, 8-10 €, but the price of a game (19.99 €) for a DLC with not that much content? And that keeping in mind that Paradox 75% sales are something long forgotten (see last sales so far).

I agree. The last ones I bought at full price were Monks and Mystics and Apocalypse. Very thin on content - I mostly bought for the music alone, but that's too much for a few tracks. I hope they revise how the do DLC or at least make more DLC at lower prices... I don't know, but only die hard fans pay this price and they say it's to support further development and not the content itself. I think that's why they keep doing it.
liamdawe 21 November 2018 at 12:12 pm UTC
For those talking about the price, the game is regularly heavily discounted.
AzP 21 November 2018 at 1:36 pm UTC
I understand feeling that a game (or DLC) is too expensive, but at the same time: Compared to the price of a cinema ticket, for the same price you get a hell of a lot more entertainment from 10 hours of gaming than 2 hours of watching a movie. But that is of course subjective.
AzP 21 November 2018 at 1:37 pm UTC
liamdaweFor those talking about the price, the game is regularly heavily discounted.

Liam, you forgot to mention the regular market, for selling and buying resources.
liamdawe 21 November 2018 at 1:50 pm UTC
AzP
liamdaweFor those talking about the price, the game is regularly heavily discounted.

Liam, you forgot to mention the regular market, for selling and buying resources.
Hmm? The what now?
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