Paradox has launched a new trailer for Stellaris, focusing on the importance of exploration in this upcoming space conquest game. In short, you’ll need to use every trick in the book if you hope to rule the galaxy.
The trailer boasts a handy AI guiding you through the intricacies of colonization in Paradox’s Stellaris. He explains that you’ll need to fall back on some key principles of the genre to get survive, including exploration, colonization, conquest and diplomacy. Start thinking Civilization in space and you’ve got the basic idea.

In Stellaris, you’ll start off nice and small, responsible only for your home planet. There’s no fun in staying grounded, though, so you’ll soon take to the stars in an effort to gain more resources, set up additional civilizations and the like.

Your helpful AI explains that life in this universe is plentiful and varied, so you’ll be working with (or against) everything from other humanoids to floaty tentacle space creatures. “Each species comes with their own unique characteristics, ideologies and charm,” explains the trailer, so you’ll have to rely on a variety of tactics to either gain their favor, take control or run away with your tail tucked between your leg.

One nifty feature is that you won’t be able to openly engage newfound races in diplomacy. While your scholars take the time to learn their language, you’ll be free to continue your expansion into the galaxy, relying on friendly or more violent means of “dialogue.” How you behave in these instances will determine how various alien races respond to you in the future, so you could be making powerful allies or enemies that will stop at nothing to wipe you off of the star map.

Just like in Civilization or Europa Universalis, your goal is to set up a galactic empire that will stand the test of time. In Stellaris, that means reaching out further and further into space while simultaneously defending the planets and resources you have already claimed. Just because you try not to use your armada too often doesn’t mean that you don’t need a strong force to deal with invaders when the need arises. Your AI tour guide says,
The galaxy before you is vast and full of wonders. And it is yours for the taking.

Set to arrive May 9, you can pre-order Paradox Interactive’s new space exploration game now by visiting the official website. That’s where you’ll find all sorts of extra information on additional game features, including Anomaly Events, the procedural galaxy, ship design, and multiplayer that supports up to a whopping 32 players.

If you’re tired of fighting in the trenches in games like Call of Duty and Battlefield and want to take your conquest onto a grander scale, Stellaris might be just what you’re looking for.
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