Paradox Interactive is best known for their grand strategy titles, where you take control of an entire nation and control their resources and military in the quest for domination. One such game is Stellaris, in which the player explores the galaxy and interacts with other spacefaring species. Paradox has recently announced their new expansion “Federation”, which dives deeper into the diplomatic aspects of the game. While focusing on war and brutally dominating everyone around you remains an option, the federation expansion focuses on the politics of the galactic community and the alliances you can make.
The expansion has a few key features. The existing federation mechanics have been expanded upon, including new features that can greatly benefit all members. Nations can form a galactic senate that can create laws to further their agendas, enact sanctions, and allow the player to manipulate politics to get themselves to the top. There’s a variety of new structures the players can build, including a mobile starbase that can repair your ships deep in enemy territory, that allows for all sorts of new strategies. Most interestingly, players can choose origins for their empires that will alter their starting conditions and change the way they interact with the galactic world.
On top of that, Paradox is also releasing a lithoid species pack, allowing players to play as a rock-based species capable of colonizing even the most barren worlds, creating a very different playstyle. Both the Federation expansion and the Lithoid pack can be pre-ordered on the Paradox storefront, Steam, and GOG as of now, and the latter will be available by the end of the month.
Max is a student at Rutgers who likes writing fantasy and playing video games such as Zelda, Mario, Undertale, Earthbound, and Stardew Valley.