Stellaris’ upcoming espionage systems are changing ahead of the 3.0 ‘Dick’ patch

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This past week Paradox confirmed it will be releasing the upcoming Nemesis expansion for grand strategy 4X game Stellaris next month. What hadn’t been clarified until today was exactly which features will be part of the premium DLC pack, and which features will be part of the accompanying update.

That update has been revealed as patch 3.0 ‘Dick’ – named after renowned science-fiction author Phillip K. Dick – and is meant to represent another major shift in Stellaris’ life-cycle. This is much like how the Apocalypse expansion ushered in a new era alongside the 2.0 ‘Cherryh’ update. In today’s dev diary, the team also went into more detail regarding what features are coming in the free patch, as well as any changes already announced features have undergone since they were originally previewed in past diaries.

The basic espionage system has now been confirmed as a free feature, along with the intel system, and the ‘gather intelligence’ operation. Other operations, such as arming rebels, will be part of the Nemesis expansion. The espionage system itself has also undergone some changes. Certain elements have been renamed or simplified, and you can now only launch one operation at a time on a single empire.

There have been other minor tweaks to things like first contact, and the outliner has been given a quality of life pass. The current list of Patch 3.0 ‘Dick’ feature highlights include:

  • New intel system
  • Reworked first contact
  • Reworked pop growth
  • New industrial districts & some changes to production of alloys/consumer goods
  • New espionage system & ‘gather intelligence’ operation (other operations will be a part of Nemesis)
  • Numerous bug fixes & improvements

We’ll have to wait for the full patch notes to get a complete picture. Traditionally, these will drop in the dev diary prior to release.

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Stellaris: Nemesis and the 3.0 update will release next month on April 15, but for a limited time, you can grab the core game for just $1 from the Humble store.

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