Stallaris once again hits us up with a cinematic trailer, this time due to their free Steam week and 4th anniversary celebration. That's right, Stellaris is free to try on Steam from May 12th, to May 17th. As with many games in this difficult time, Stellaris has seen an all time high active player count in March 2020 while reaching the 3 million sales milestone.
The trailer also coincides with the 2.7 4th Anniversary 'Wells' Update, continuing their naming scheme of honouring sci-fi writers. This patch focuses on Quality of Life and addressing feedback from the Federations DLC released with 2.6.
Paradox Interactive celebrates Stellaris 4th anniversary with Free Steam Week
The patch notes for Paradox titles are daunting and this is no exception. For those of you without the time to read through thewe've included a summary of what jumped out at us other than bug fixes;
- Added new VFX and SFX for “Space Storms”, which can appear randomly from the mid-game onwards.
- Added a home system each for Tiyanki and Space Amoebas.
- Orbital Habitats now have reduced tech and construction requirements, and start with 4 districts. Two additional tiers of Habitat technology have been added, which unlock planetary decisions to expand the size of your habitats.
- Made it possible for edicts to be running perpetually until turned off.
- A number of Edicts now use Edict Capacity, they are marked with a separate icon from the edicts that expire.
- Favors can now be used to convince your federation allies to accept your law proposal.
- Encourage Planetary Growth decision has been removed from the game.
- Food Policies removed from game, and Nutritional Plenitude has been changed into an Edict, now unlocked by the Gene Crops tech.
- Added some help for the AI to not die as badly when Doomsday happens.
- Weak pops are now more likely to embrace pacifist ethics.
- Killing Tiyanki now yields energy and exotic gases but upsets xenophile empires.
- Display modifiers to Naval Capacity are now grouped, so that we don't get 200 anchorages with +4.
Download Stellaris for free onright now, and play for free until May 18th. As usual for free weekends, the game is also on sale throughout. If you're still not convinced, you can check out our to get a better idea of the game first.