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Stellaris rockets up the Steam charts as The Machine Age DLC launches

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You wouldn’t think a sci-fi game that was released in 2016 – with tomorrow marking its 8th anniversary – would still be kicking it in this cut-throat industry. However, Paradox Development’s Stellaris has seen an uptick in popularity recently, and fans can probably guess why.

Back in March, it was announced that the game was getting a new expansion in the guise of The Machine Age. Well, that time has now come, as the DLC released yesterday. As a result, Stellaris has jumped up the Steam Top Sellers list. At the time of writing, it’s sitting at number three, having shot up a hefty 44 places. The new content itself is also up and down on the chart.

To add to this, the game is on sale over on Steam, where you can pick up a copy for a generous 70% off. That goes hand-in-hand with the DLC, I reckon. Also, The Machine Age comes with Season 8 of Stellaris, if that tickles your fancy.

What’s in the new content?

A comprehensive breakdown goes into some detail about what exactly you’ll get with the DLC. For starters, there are three new origins: Cybernetic Creed, Synthetic Fertility, and Arc Welders.

On top of this, there’s a new Player Crisis Path and a new Endgame Crisis, which is described thus: “A tempest rages in space, a Fallen Empire goes dark, and a long-forgotten enemy emerges to shake the foundations of power.”

If nothing else, it shows that eight-year-old games can still keep their collective heads above water with expansions and extra content. Now all I need to do is actually play Stellaris to see what all the fuss is about.


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