Paradox announced a new story pack DLC for Stellaris, called Synthetic Dawn. To build off the recently implemented hive mind game feature, Paradox is adding an AI mech bot civilization, allowing players to take command of a conscious machine network to either make peace with or control the galaxy. The new story pack will contain new event chains, gameplay mechanics, portraits, and more to allow for unique playthroughs.
The new robots, who have clearly already surpassed their creators, will act as the mechanical side of the biological hive minds. As such, they won't have factions, elections, migration, nor will they be able to ascend. Four robot civilization types will be present in the DLC, allowing for different paths to be taken. Highlight features:
- You, Robot: Play Stellaris as a customized robotic civilization, complete with a series of robotic portraits for science robots, worker robots, and more.
- AI, eh? Aye!: Follow new event chains and story features to lead your robot race to greatness as an intergalactic AI empire; pursue mechanical perfection in the stars.
- Rise of the Machines: Oppressed synths may rebel against their masters and form new empires -- or you may even discover a fallen synthetic civilization deep in space.
- Digital Enhancements: New synthetic race portraits, and expanded voice packs for VIR.
The DLC will be made available on Windows, Mac, and Linux later this year. We'll be sure to take the story pack for a spin once released and share our thoughts. Excited to play as robots? Sound off in the comments! Don't already own Stellaris? Hit the shop link below to check the title out (and be sure to read through our review).
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