Earlier this month, developer Paradox Interactive announced the second DLC, and first gameplay expansion, for its grand strategy space game: Stellaris.
Today, the developer and publisher announced the expansion, dubbed Stellaris: Utopia, is set to release April 6, 2017 for $19.99 USD.
One of the core improvements the new DLC brings is the introduction of Ascension Perks. According to Paradox, as your species advances and gains new traditions, it can choose how it wants to evolve as it is further enlightened. You will be able to choose between a biological path, a psionic path or a synthetic path, with various options within these broad categories. Here’s an overview of Utopia, courtesy of the developer itself:
Build a Better Space Empire.
The stars have called you for millennia and now you walk among them. A universe of possibilities is open to your species as it takes its first fitful steps into the great unknown. Here you can turn your back on the divisive politics of the home planet. Here you can build something new. Here you can unify your people and build that perfect society.
Only in space can you build Utopia.
Utopia is the first major expansion for Stellaris, the critically acclaimed science fiction grand strategy game from Paradox Development Studio. As the title suggests, Utopia gives you new tools to develop your galactic empire and keep your people (or birdfolk or talking mushrooms) happy. Push your species further out into the galaxy with new bonuses for rapid exploration or stay closer to home before striking out against all who would challenge you.
Utopia brings a host of changes to the core of Stellaris, including:
Megastructures: Build wondrous structures in your systems including Dyson Spheres and ring worlds, bringing both prestige and major advantages to your race.
Habitat Stations: Build “tall” and establish space stations that will house more population, serving the role of planets in a small and confined empire.
Traditions: Collect Unity points and adopt ideas and bonuses that will ease your species’ expansion across the stars, unlocking special perks for completing a set.
Rights and Privileges: Set specific policies for which of the many species under your thumb will have the rights and privileges of full citizenship.
A new trailer accompanied the release date announcement — you can check it out below:
Stellaris is available for PC, Mac, and Linux for $39.99 USD.