The much-discussed (in dev diaries and the like) first major expansion for Stellaris has been officially announced by Paradox today, and named as ‘Utopia’. It will be accompanied by a free update, ‘Banks’, taking the game to version 1.5.

Utopia’s feature set will enable your space dwelling civilisation to “reach new heights of self-awareness, technological prowess or spiritual enlightenment.” You’ll be purchasing new options for developing your empire, and constructing huge projects called ‘Megastructures’ to further the goals of your species. More about Megastructures can be read here.

So-called ‘Ascension Perks’ (more on those here), will let you guide your race down different evolutionary pathways; a biological path, a psionic path or a synthetic path. Here’s the overview of the features, changes, and mechanics Utopia will bring to Stellaris.

  • 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.
  • Rights and Privileges: Set specific policies for which of the many species under your thumb will have the rights and privileges of full citizenship. Build an egalitarian paradise or follow a caste system.
  • And even more improvements and updates, including (as is traditional with all of our paid content releases) free updates for every Stellaris owner.

Neither a release date, nor price, appear to have been issued yet. Going by previous Paradox DLC releases, it’s likely to be $15-20.

Peter Parrish

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