Do you wish to have the cold heart of a machine? Do you wish to annihilate all life in the galaxy? Are you a bit busy and so would prefer to do this in a videogame? Well, Paradox have some great news for you: their previously announced Stellaris expansion, Synthetic Dawn, will be out on September 21. It’ll cost you $9.99 / €9.99 / £7.49 and the video above gives a breakdown of what’s available.
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As you might expect from Paradox’s internal teams, the expansion story pack comes along with a patch, 1.8. Exactly what long series of bug fixes and balance tweaks it will bring hasn’t been revealed yet, but there is a feature list over on the Stellaris forums. Here’s a quick rundown:
- Democratic Election changes to make things less confusing – there are now factions with faction leaders, rather than every leader getting the option to become president
- Leaders now max out at level ten, with various additional bonuses because of that
- Governers improved
- Vassals made easier to make and more valuable
- Land Appropriation added to let you more easily control populations
- New policies for how to deal with pre-sapient life, including killing them all or hunting them for food
- You can now choose whether newly contacted empires can move in your borders
- The same is true of allowing robotic workers or not
- Purging sapient life is now allowed, with restrictions