As Stellaris: Overlord steadily approaches, Paradox Development Studio continues to highlight more of the upcoming expansion's features. Today's dev diary 250 focuses on two new buildings, the Orbital Rings and Quantum Catapult, alongside the final specialist empire, The Scholarium, and more.
Stellaris: Overlord's Orbital Rings building is a Starbase variant that, when built, provides the planet it encircles with additional defense and specialization. For starters, these planets cannot be invaded until the building is first disabled.
The Orbital Rings are initially built with two module slots and no building slots. The building can be upgraded twice, adding one module and building slot with each additional tier. The modules are similar to those of Starbases, with the Habitation Module being specific to the new building and giving the planet a whole new district slot.
"Systems with multiple habitable planets can become an exceptionally thorny obstacle if you build multiple defensive orbital rings supporting a bastion starbase at the center," reads dev diary 250.
"Having a large conveniently placed ring around your planet provides an opportunity to enhance the planet with some interesting buildings. These stack with similar planetside buildings."
The Quantum Catapult building, on the other hand, is all about seriously enhancing your fleets' mobility.
"Built around Neutron Stars or Pulsars, Quantum Catapults can hurl fleets across incredible distances of space, but these megastructures have accuracy issues over long distances."
While they reach far beyond regular jump drives, the further away you move your fleet, the higher the chance it won't arrive precisely at its destination but somewhere inside a scatter radius.
Quantum Catapults do not apply any jump debuffs and also have a passive effect that reduces fleet MIA time. At higher tiers, they come with improved accuracy and maximum range.
The Scholarium is the last specialist empire arriving with the launch of Stellaris: Overlord. Being very science-focused, it relies on those who it serves for defense.
They allow you to research things faster and provide additional alternatives while reducing your naval capacity and increasing costs for building and maintaining military ships.
You can learn more about them and a handful of other things you can look forward to by following the link above. Stellaris: Overlord does not currently have a release date.
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