Stellaris: Utopia Has Arrived

Posted on 07 Apr 2017 by
Stephen Haselden

Well, it’s happened. The much anticipated Utopia expansion is now active for Stellaris, along with the free Banks update too. Initial reactions to the expansion are Very Positive, with a rating of 93% from over 160 gamers in less than 24 hrs since launch!

It’s possible that this strong reaction to Utopia’s release, is fueled purely by fanboy optimism, but, I can tell you that some of those players were testing it all night. It takes time to properly evaluate a 4X game like Stellaris, but this community is not holding back, sleepless pioneers of the expansion are delving into the depths of the game to bring news – good and bad, about improvements to Stellaris, from sector AI, to how Orbitals work, the lowdown is all being discovered. If, like me, you’re willing to let others pave the way first, it can be worth waiting a week or two before delving into Stellaris again.

Unsurprisingly a number of bugs have been discovered. Banks (which adds more to the game than Utopia alone) is no small update, so this is to be expected, and Paradox often requires a few patches before they get things right. However, the other common problem with updates, is the impact it has on mods. Some of the more prepared modders have updated their projects already, but not everyone has the time to update a pet project in time with Paradoxes release schedule. So for a smoother experience, with all your favourite mods running, a short wait can be well worth it.

If you haven’t kept up to date on all of Utopia’s and Banks additions, then it’s well worth checking out paradoxes latest press release below.

Official Press Release

STOCKHOLM – Apr. 6, 2017 – The time has come to lead your species into a permanent golden age; to a future where the brilliance of your scientists and energy of your administrators is harnessed to build immense megastructures that dwarf even the planet itself. Sound leadership and a firm hand in diplomacy will bring your species to the promised land, to Utopia.

Utopia is the first major expansion for Stellaris, the best-selling science fiction grand strategy game that delivers unparalleled variety in an ever changing universe. Utopia adds new ways to improve your planets and even your species itself, with a greater focus on allowing you to reach your full potential in a multitude of new ways – both peaceful and aggressive.

One of the major upgrades in Utopia is the addition of Ascension perks. Harness the unity of your species to establish strong cultural traditions allowing your empire to pursue your specific vision of Utopia. Choose to advance via genetic engineering, psionic exploration, or even abandon frail mortal flesh entirely and pursue a path of cybernetic ascension.

Other features available in Utopia include:

  • Megastructures: Build ringworlds or Dyson spheres to make the most of your star system, adding prestige and power to those who wield this technology.
  • Habitat Stations: Your subjects can orbital habitat stations. No longer will you be forced to fight costly wars to house a burgeoning population.
  • More Evil Empires: Use your subjects as domestic servants, battle thralls…or food
  • Indoctrination: Before bringing a pre-FTL civilization in to the galactic community, it’s important that they believe the right things. Guide the primitives to follow your true path.
  • Advanced Civics: Three new civics for your empire to aid in the dynamic story-telling that Utopia excels at – syncretic evolution, mechanist and fanatic purifier.
  • Hive Minds: Can you master the challenge of ruling an empire that is one collective consciousness?
  • And more: New events, new decisions and the mystery of The Shroud.

Stellaris: Utopia launches with the Banks update to Stellaris, another major upgrade free to all Stellaris owners. The Banks update reworks the place of factions in your population, adds new challenges to maintaining internal stability within your Empire, and makes changes to how ethics work in the game. The goal is to make empire management a more engaging task.

Starting later today, a number of Paradox Interactive titles will go on sale on Steam for the weekend, including the Stellaris core game. Players across the galaxy who have yet to explore Paradox’s new worlds will have the perfect opportunity to try the latest version of the game alongside its newest expansion. Stellaris: Utopia is now available on Steam and the official Paradox store for $19.99.

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