Stellaris will be the first grand strategy PC game to arrive on consoles

Stellaris will be the first grand strategy PC game to arrive on consoles

We know what you’re thinking: “Why is this news of any import in a PC gaming site?” Well, the answer is simple. Stellaris and many Paradox Interactive titles have been mainstays on PC since time immemorial. The grand strategy genre has games like Europa Universalis, Crusader Kings, Victoria, and Hearts of Iron — all Paradox Interactive titles. These were originally thought of as only-for-PC. After all, these games have you conquering every tile in the world or expand to new galaxies. That’s gotta be impossible to do on consoles, right? Wrong. At least that’s what Paradox Interactive aims to disprove. Check out the announcement trailer for Stellaris: Console Edition below.

Stellaris: Console Edition – Err, console master race?

Stellaris is Paradox Interactive’s foray into the great unknown of space. Previous games from the developer focused on our history — the past. This franchise from Paradox looks to the future, a grand strategy game with 4X themes, set in the vast expanse of a procedurally-generated galaxy.

The trailer for Stellaris: Console Edition does not give away too much which means there’s still a lot left to consider. How would the game look? What would the controls be like — assuming you’re just going to use a controller and not a mouse-and-keyboard setup? Will there be some noticeable framerate drops given the size of certain maps/galaxies? The natural disadvantages of consoles compared to PCs will come into play.

And yet, perhaps the most important question to ask is: “Will you get it if you already own Stellaris for the PC?” I personally do not know yet, but what I do know is this. Stellaris coming to consoles shows that there is room for more strategy games to finally make their way to those systems as well. If you have a buddy who plays on consoles more than on PC, Stellaris: Console Edition might be the grand strategy game that you can convince them to try.

Another good news is that PC players need not worry too much. According to Paradox Interactive, a different team is working on Stellaris: Console Edition. This team is working in conjunction with the group focused on the PC version. So yes, there’s no need to have qualms about the PC version getting forgotten in favor of consoles.

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  • Jrodriguezwp

    I’m a small business owner who’s also writing on the side, contributing in various websites under the Enthusiast Gaming umbrella — Destructoid, Flixist, Daily Esports, PlayStation Enthusiast, and PC Invasion.
    My Steam library has 1,131 games at the moment so we definitely have a lot of things to talk about.

    • Vilhelm Witcher

      correct me if i am wrong but this is a pc gaming website yeah? I mean the fking name is not oh look whats coming to consoles the articles have been utter shit since you all hired new staff twice now I have read about console gaming on a pc gaming news site

      • Jason Rodriguez

        The article actually answered your concerns. I do think it’s an important news to cover because, traditionally speaking, as someone who’s played a ton of strategy games in my lifetime, the PC tends to be the home of the genre. Very rarely would you have bigger and grander strategy titles come to consoles.

        Stellaris is one of the flagship titles of Paradox Interactive, who are highly-regarded by PC gamers for Europa Universalis, Crusader Kings, Hearts of Iron, Victoria, etc. For Stellaris to come to consoles is a big deal because it opens up the possibility of other titles or even other developers porting their games there.

        Is it strictly “PC-only news” = no.
        But it offers an important discussion for PC gamers because it’s a “grand strategy Paradox Interactive title, the first of its kind in this day and age, having a console version.”

        I do think it’s also great to be open-minded about these things.
        For instance, I noted that even if someone isn’t the type who plays on a console, maybe they know of a relative, friend, or co-worker who does. Wouldn’t it be a great idea to suggest to others to try out Stellaris on consoles if they’re not too inclined to try it out for PC?
        I definitely would since I have several friends who focus more on consoles and have yet to try out Stellaris. Who knows, they might even be inclined to try out strategy games for the PC if Stellaris: Console Edition impresses them enough.

        I think that’s a healthier point of discussion. Have a good day!

        • Evan Lazer

          I agree with Vilhelm actually pc news not half ass console news

          • Jason Rodriguez

            Thank you for the response Mr. “Evan Lazer”. I can assure you that all your concerns (re: Gjallarhorn and Stellaris) have already been answered in my reply to Mr. “Vilhelm Witcher.”

            I would like to point out, however, something quite peculiar. Our tech support team — which notifies us of any irregular accounts such as spam/bots — noted the following:

            That you, Mr. Lazer, and Mr. Witcher, have the same IP addresses.

            Perhaps a reason why you’re eager to agree with him is because you’re one and the same? Who knows? If that’s the case, I do think the same reply I provided for “Mr. Witcher” would also be applicable to your concerns, in this case, “Mr. Lazer.”


            • Jason Rodriguez
            • Evan Lazer

              well no shit i could have told you that look at the way the typing is done it’s the exact same

              • Jason Rodriguez

                Well this is the internet. We can all encounter angry gamers from time to time across multiple sites/boards. A similar disposition or sentiment does not always equate to being the same person… although in your particular case that would be the exception.

                Isn’t it fairly strange though to say something like: “I agree with another-person-who-is-also-me” or upvoting oneself? It’s like trying to give more weight to a statement even though it’s the same person doing it. Heh.

              • Evan Lazer

                just trying to nail home my sentiment 😉

      • Jason Rodriguez

        Please note that I’ve also replied to your concerns about being angry due to a Gjallarhorn article because the Destiny weapon was for the first game (consoles only).

        • Evan Lazer

          You had to write a entire news page, to inform people about missing out on a weapon that they cannot even get. Hmm sounds about right for your logic, You have no place is the gaming news industry.