Build a Better Space Empire in Stellaris: Utopia
The stars have called you for millennia and now you walk among them. A universe of possibilities is open to your species as it takes its first fitful steps into the great unknown. Here you can turn your back on the divisive politics of the home planet. Here you can build something new. Here you can unify your people and build that perfect society.
Only in space can you build Utopia.
Utopia is the first major expansion for Stellaris, the critically acclaimed science fiction grand strategy game from Paradox Development Studio. As the title suggests, Utopia gives you new tools to develop your galactic empire and keep your people (or birdfolk or talking mushrooms) happy. Push your species further out into the galaxy with new bonuses for rapid exploration or stay closer to home before striking out against all who would challenge you.
Utopia brings a host of changes to the core of Stellaris, including:
Build wondrous structures in your systems including Dyson Spheres and ring worlds, bringing both prestige and major advantages to your race.
Build “tall” and establish space stations that will house more population, serving the role of planets in a small and confined empire.
Collect Unity points and adopt Traditions to unlock Ascension Perks that allow you to customize your empire in unique ways. Follow one of the three Ascension Paths and achieve Biological Mastery, give up your biological forms in a Synthetic Evolution, or unlock the full psionic potential of your species through Transcendance.
Influence primitive civilizations and make them adopt your ethics through the use of observation stations, preparing them for enlightenment or annexation.
Maximize the benefits of slavery by choosing specific roles for enthralled species. Have them serve other Pops as Domestic Servants, fight for your empire as Battle Thralls, or keep them as Livestock to feed your people.
Adopt unique civics and authorities for your government. Play as a Fanatic Purifier and shun all diplomacy, become a Hive Mind to avoid political strife or create a multi-species empire born of Syncretic Evolution.
Thought this expansion was just what the game needed. The free update adds many of the features that this DLC elaborates on - but it then adds more depth and varies the experience to a game that already has amazing replayability. Not perfect by any means and I think they probably could improve the new additions, but theres no saying they won't do that any way (such as the long time and cost it takes to build megastructures not really feeling worth the pay out, or not being able to work on more than one at a time). The lastest update has already shown the expanded lore this expansion can add as well with the ability to find and repair megastructures out in the galaxy, or merely having them within your borders increasing the likelihood of getting the tech. Not perfect but definitely worth the purchase ESPECIALLY if you can get it on sale
Although the free update gives much of the anticipated features, if you thought Stellaris had dull slavery management system, get this expansion. If you don't like expanding too much and want smaller borders and still be powerful, this expansion gives you that opportunity. If you want to build awesome megastructures like ringworld that the fallen empires have, get this expansion. You also get to build dyson spheres.
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