Paradox Interactive announces Stellaris: Galactic Paragons expansion

Paradox Interactive has revealed a brand-new expansion for Stellaris, featuring a new origin and more!
Stellaris Galactic Paragons
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Stellaris: Galactic Paragons, a new expansion for the grand strategy core game from developer Paradox Development Studio, has just been revealed with a new trailer. It’s slated to release on May 9th, 2023, in celebration of the game’s launch anniversary.

According to a new blog post on the official Steam page, Stellaris: Galactic Paragons will focus on extraordinary leaders, a new level up system, a fresh ruling council and more. You can watch the cinematic teaser for the Stellaris: Galactic Paragons expansion on the Paradox Interactive YouTube channel:

Stellaris has continued to be surprisingly active over the years, introducing an annual major expansion in the last two years. The franchise recently attempted to explore the VR genre with Ghost Signal: A Stellaris Game, which we also reviewed.

Unfortunately, both the Stellaris: Nemesis and Stellaris: Overlord expansions have been very divisive among longtime fans. This was largely due to the content itself, and not simple technical issues.

While there is plenty more to do, balancing has been a consistent and justifiable complaint. Mechanics that are too sensitive reduce immersion and generally discourage tactical gameplay. And grand strategy games are so dense that one wrong addition can disrupt the entire loop.

So, it would’ve been nice if today’s teaser wasn’t just a cinematic, and included a little more about the gameplay itself. Expectations are low right now for another expansion, but hopefully Stellaris: Galactic Paragons can restore some of the fanbase’s trust.

Further details will be released in a series of dev diaries, and “Council, Leaders, and Agendas” are scheduled for discussion next Thursday. Some new origins are more compelling than others, but the lore of Stellaris has been a real strength, so Stellaris: Galactic Paragons’ narrative emphasis has potential.

You can read more about Stellaris: Galactic Paragons, Paradox Interactive, and other strategy games by checking out the rest of our news section.

Anthony Fertino

Anthony Fertino

Anthony Fertino is a novelist and lifelong gamer, born and raised in Southern California. He's been a content writer for over 10 years, and studied film at SMC for 4 years. When he isn't playing shooters, RPGs, or indies, he's reading SFF novels and trying the latest tabletop games.

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