Stellaris'' paid Toxoid species pack is now available, but the 3.5 Fornax patch has a significant free update, which they hope will entice new players. The update rebalances relics, improves UI and AI, and brings back Culture Workers.
Following a series of tweaks to the game''s AI, Paradox claims it has received more bonuses to players'' positions and station, naval capacity, stability, and trade value than if they played on Cadet (which is still the default difficulty setting).
With the 3.5 Fornax update, Paradox predicted that, and they are shifting to other modes for scaling difficulty. The game''s start date will be zero to the chosen difficulty, and the game will continue to feature new settings. Paradox is also bringing new options to trigger every Crisis type sequentially.
After a period of absence from the game, culture workers are reaping benefits from the use of artificial intelligence (CMS), which includes a base output of 4 Unity and the upkeep costs of 3 Consumer Goods. These variables are also doubled for Fanatic Ethics now. There are also no shortages of death chroniclers, as Galactic Memorials are replacing traditional monuments.
Relics have been rebalanced in tandem with other games, while the least popular precursor relics have been buffed as well. Other relics have been nerfed to keep them in line with the rest, as some were overpowered if you got your hands on them early in the game.
The 3.5 Fornax release has a host of new features, including some UI and AI improvements. Paradox claims that the AI has been working on reducing AI fleet idling during wars, the ability for AI to develop defence platforms, and enhanced performance as well.
The games have not been reviewed since we first discovered Stellaris, but it continues to be one of the best strategy games and best space games on PC today. I recently spoke with the developers during their six-year anniversary. We talked about everything from their biggest science fiction influences to how they can make Stellaris more accessible for new players.
The Stellaris 3.5 Fornax update is now available, along with the Toxoids species pack. Both games are available on Steam and GOG.