Last week, Paradox announced that pre-ordering for Stellaris is now available through Steam and a variety of other platforms. Stellaris is a highly anticipated sci-fi grand strategy game that takes place 200 years into the future. Billed as a vast galaxy of emergent wonder, this new game brought to you by the creators of Europa Universalis and Crusader Kings is being raved as a distinct evolutionary step in the grand strategy genre. Through exploration, science, colonization, conquest, and diplomacy, Stellaris will give you the tools necessary to secure your empire and realize your destiny within the universe. The video below, released on April 14 by Paradox, is an exceptional preview of what Stellaris has to offer. Dig in and clear your mid-May schedule.
Several versions of Stellaris are now available for pre-purchase, including premium editions containing a variety of bonus content. The game will be released for Windows, Mac, and Linux PCs on May 9, 2016.
Players will have the choice between a Standard Edition ($39.99) or special Nova ($49.99) and Galaxy Editions ($69.99). The Nova edition will include the base game and a 140-minute digital soundtrack, cosmetic DLC, and more. For the truly diehard fans, a Galaxy Edition ($69.99) will also be made available, which includes the Nova Edition content along with a Digital Collector’s Book, the novel “Stellaris: Infinite Fronteirs” as an eBook, and a wallpaper signed by the Stellaris development team.
You may be think to yourself, “Why would I really want to pre-order Stellaris? I’ll just pick it up later or when it comes out”. As an extra incentive, fans who pre-order any edition of Stellaris will have their name sent into lower space by Paradox. In Paradox’s words: A USB drive filled with the names of all pre-order participants will be attached to a weather balloon and launched into the upper stratosphere in an effort to let drive-by extraterrestrials know who among us are the most enthusiastic to explore space and meet new friends. This is similar to the PR move recently performed by CCP for EVE online players.
Those who preorder Stellaris will also be rewarded with a set of Stellaris ringtones from the game’s original soundtrack, and the Creatures of the Void DLC – a cosmetic add on that includes five new alien designs chosen by the Paradox community. Watch as the Hydra/Xenomorph, Evil Porcupine, Dinosaur Bird, Shadowy Anthropoid, and Fungoid Infected Mammalian spread their grasping appendages across the galaxy.
Why can’t this game be out sooner?
Don’t worry, it will be out soon, May 9 is just around the corner. Check out TMC’s previous coverage of Stellaris, and stay tuned for a special Stellaris feature by our very own Ryan Vincent soon.
With the promise of a game boasting 32-player drop-in/drop-out multiplayer, synthetic organisms, randomly-generated alien races, faster-than-light travel, and emergent gameplay, who wouldn’t be excited?
Stay tuned to TMC as we continue to provide coverage of Stellaris and other Paradox Interactive games.
This article originally appeared on TheMittani.com, written by Anehii.