Stellaris Preview

9 May 2016
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Stellaris Box Artwork

All hail Blorg! 😀 In our Stellaris Preview we go over what’s new in the upcoming 4X, grand strategy game. Stellaris will be released for PC, Mac, Linux & SteamOS worldwide on May 9th, 2016 at a price of $39.99 / €39.99 / £34.99.

Watch the Stellaris Pre-order Trailer here:

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  • Pre-order Bonuses:

    As the pre-order trailer shows, getting the game early gets you the here-under listed bonuses. If you pre-order the Stellaris Nova Edition” or “Galaxy Edition”, you will also receive all pre-order content!

    • Creatures of the Void (Cosmetic DLC) — Five additional alien races exclusive to pre-order customers, each inspired by design suggestions from the community. These dark, creepy, and twisted creatures include: Hydra/Xenomorph, Evil Porcupine, Dinosaur Bird, Shadowy Anthropoid and Fungoid Infected Mammalian, with which to populate the galaxy.

    • Ringtones and Message Alert Sounds — Get the stirring Stellaris theme as composed by Andreas Waldetoft as your ringtone, and receive communications from across time and space! Also includes 5 sound effects from Stellaris suitable for text messages and alerts.

    • Blorg Forum Avatar — Become an official Spacefriend of Blorg (at Paradox Forum).

    • Send Your Name into Near-Space — We will literally take your name and launch it into the upper stratosphere on a weather balloon, and we´ll film the whole thing! Some day, extraterrestrial life may know that you dared to reach out to them! Must have a Paradox Account linked to your Steam Account to have your name included; must link accounts before June 1, 2016 to qualify.

    Stellaris Planet Screenshot 1

    Planet Screenshot

    Stellaris Introduction:

    Stellaris can be praised for successfully allowing you to explore a vast galaxy full of wonder. Coming from Paradox Development Studio, the minds behind the Crusader Kings and Europa Universalis series. Stellaris is an evolution of the 4X, grand strategy genre with space exploration at its center.

    In Stellaris every new game will be a new experience. While you can select from a set of pre-scripted races like the Humans, you can customize your own species as well from a 100 different portraits. Then move on to design your own galaxies as big or small as you want them to be. And that’s before you begin to explore them for hours, days, weeks, months or longer if you wish!

    Watch this hour-long Stellaris Let’s Play from the game’s creators Martin “Wiz” Anward & Anders “cKnoor” Carlsson to get an in-depth view of the intricate gameplay.

    Featuring deep strategic gameplay, a rich and enormously diverse selection of alien races and emergent storytelling, Stellaris has engaging challenging gameplay that rewards interstellar exploration as you traverse, discover, interact and learn more about the multitude of species you will encounter during your travels.

    Etch your name across the cosmos by forging a galactic empire; colonizing remote planets and integrating alien civilizations. The question that remains is this: “Will you expand through war alone or walk the path of diplomacy to achieve your goals?”

    Next, take a look at the 2-days-long Stellaris Multiplayer Event where 22 players battle it out to see which empire reigns supreme:

    Stellaris Adds These New Features:

    Deep & Varied Exploration.

    Stellaris Planet Screenshot 2

    Planet Screenshot 2

    Enormous procedural galaxies, containing thousands of planets.

    Stellaris Empires Screenshot 1

    Empires Screenshot

    Explore Anomalies with your heroic Scientist leaders.

    Stellaris Survey Screenshot 2

    Survey Screenshot 2

    Infinitely varied races through customization and procedural generation.

    Stellaris Species Design Screenshot

    Species Design Screenshot

    Advanced Diplomacy system worthy of a Grand Strategy Game.

    Stellaris Policies Screenshot

    Policies Screenshot

    Ship Designer based on a vast array of technologies.

    Stellaris Ship Design Screenshot

    Ship Design Screenshot

    Stunning space visuals.

    Stellaris Battle Screenshot 2

    Battle Screenshot 2

    Can your system run the game?:

    • Minimum PC System Requirements:

    – Operating System: Windows 7 x86 /Windows 8 or newer
    – Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad 9400 @ 6.66 Ghz or AMD Athlon II X4 640 @ 3.0 Ghz.
    – Memory: 2 GB RAM.
    – Hard Disk Space: 4 GB HD Space.
    – Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce X 460 or AMD HD 5770 with 1024MB RAM video memory required, shader model 3 required. Lastest WHQL drivers from both manufacturers.
    – Sound: Direct X- compatible soundcard.
    – DirectX: 9.0c
    – Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard.
    – Special Multiplayer Requirements: Internet Connection or LAN for Multiplayer. SINGLE PLAYER or MULTIPLAYER UP TO 32 PLAYERS.

    • Minimum Mac System Requirements:

    – Operating System: OS X 10.8.5 or newer
    – Processor: Intel Core i5 @ 2.5Ghz
    – Memory: 4 GB RAM
    – Hard Disk Space: 4 GB available space
    – Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 6750 / NVIDIA GeForce 320 or higher with 1024MB VRAM
    – Additional Notes: Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers. Special multiplayer requirements: Internet Connection or LAN for multiplayer.

    • Minimum Linux & SteamOS System Requirements:

    – Operating System: Ubuntu 14.04 x86
    – Processor: AMD Athlon II X4 640 @ 3.0 Ghz / or Intel Core 2 Quad 9400 @ 2.66 Ghz
    – Memory: 2 GB RAM
    – Hard Disk Space: 4 GB available space
    – Graphics: AMD HD 5770 / or Nvidia GTX 460, with 1024MB VRAM. Latest available proprietary drivers from both manufacturers.
    – Additional Notes: Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers. Special multiplayer requirements: Internet Connection or LAN for multiplayer.

    See all the newest in-game Stellaris screenshots here.
    Click on a thumbnail to see the full-size HD image in the gallery:

    It’s so great to see developers bring a full experience (you’ll find no early access here) to Steam and hold nothing back. Paradox Interactive clearly love what they have created with Stellaris and have embraced the community on the Paradox Forums to ensure great online multiplayer matches at and beyond launch!

    Are you excited for Stellaris?


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    Ferry Groenendijk By Ferry Groenendijk: He is the founder and editor of Video Games Blogger. He loved gaming from the moment he got a Nintendo with Super Mario Bros. on his 8th birthday. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook and at Google+.

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