Stellaris is an evolution of the grand strategy genre with space exploration at its core. It features deep gameplay, a rich and diverse selection of aliens, and emergent storytelling. According to publisher Paradox Interactive, Stellaris contains engaging moments that reward interstellar exploration as you traverse, discover, interact, and learn more about the species you encounter during your travels. There are a lot of mechanics to master here, so be prepared for a somewhat steep learning curve when you first dive in. It takes some time to get familiar with the gameplay, but it's quite satisfying once you do.
Stellaris has only been available on PC ever since it launched in 2016, but that's about to change soon. Today at Gamescom 2018, the publisher announced that the title was coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 "soon". The popular space exploration game will be the first ever grand strategy experience to hit consoles.
Stellaris: Console Edition is made with thumbstick input in mind. There will be a few different versions to choose from when the game goes on sale. For example, if you pick up one of the deluxe editions, you get access to a few upcoming expansions. Just like the PC release, the console port will be regularly updated with new features and improvements.
Hopefully Stellaris will be a polished experience on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 at launch. We'll keep you posted as soon as we receive a concrete release date. Since the game's release in May 2016, it has sold over 1.5 million copies on PC. While success on PC doesn't guarantee success on consoles, it's still a good metric to gauge interest.
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