Paradox Interactive announced at PDXCON 2019 that Stellaris will get a major diplomacy-themed expansion – Federations – later this year a new species pack.
The pen is mightier than the plasma launcher in this new expansion that focuses on the galactic community and its internal politics with expanded capabilities for federations and the establishment of a powerful galactic senate.
Additionally, Paradox announced a new species pack including a race of sapient rocks, Lithoids, with rock-solid new gameplay which is available for pre-order now and will launch on October 24.
With the Stellaris: Federations expansion, players can extend their diplomatic dominion over the galaxy in completely new ways. Use every trick in the book to gain an edge on friend and foe alike, with a host of new options to influence, manipulate, and dominate without firing a shot.
Diplomacy capabilities are being expanded so that you can build up your Federation and unlock rewards for yourself and all of the members. No matter if you join a Trade League, Martial Alliance, or Hegemony, membership will be advantageous.
Instead of getting what you want by going to war, why not influence the galactic senate to vote for resolutions that will help your agendas. Pass commitments to collective defense, embezzle profits or sanction those who defy you. The possibilities are endless.
There’s also a new origins system that allows you to define your civilizations’ backstory and alter its starting conditions based on that.
Besides all the new systems, brand new constructions are being added. The Juggernaut is a massive starbase that lets you have a repair base anywhere you feel like you need one. If shock & awe is more your style, there’s the Mega Shipyard, a megastructure that can pump out fleets at an incredible rate.
Finally, the Lithoids Species Pack features new gameplay and a selection of new rock-based species portraits and ship models for players who take nothing for granite and are looking to unearth a more grounded civilization. Lithoids are a bigger and boulder species type made entirely of sapient rock who eat minerals for sustenance, are long-lived, and can colonize in almost any environment.