Intergalactic, Planty: The First Stellaris Species Pack

Plantoids will be the first new lifeforms added to Stellaris [official site] in a ‘Species Pack’, developers Paradox announced today. As is fairly typical for their grand strategy games, the pack will add unique portraits and models for a variety of plantpeople. It’s not a huge deal but hey, if you’ve been waiting for word on actual expansions then you might like knowing Paradox are at least getting the DLC train rolling.

“The Species Pack will contain fifteen new portraits, an original cityscape backdrop, and stunning new ship models,” Paradox say. That’s all they have to say for now. You can have a wee peek at some of them in this trailer:

Those little planties will be sprouting in Stellaris on August 4th. Paradox haven’t stated a price yet but these usually aren’t more than a few quid.

Do remember that the Stellaris Steam Workshop has oodles of new player-made species for free still. Not to mention umpteen other mods – see some of our favourites.

Updates are still rolling to tweak and expand bits of Stellaris, but will they be enough to fix some pretty big problems? Maybe we’ll need to look to proper expansions for that. We don’t know when we might see the first of those, mind.


  1. KDR_11k says:

    So now you can finally play as Protoss?

  2. Shadow says:


  3. AngoraFish says:

    I picked up the preorder in part for the extra (cosmetic) races. In practice, they barely even register in the game as the diplomacy screen is up so rarely and the portraits are so bland.

    I’m not sure of the value of extra ship models either, since there’s no need whatsoever to zoom in to see ships close up.

    Suffice to say, DLC here is off to a very bad start given that what Paradox actually need to be offering is a ton more mid-game goals, particularly random events and story lines – that is, the things that were supposed to make this game stand out from every other bog standard space 4X.

    • laser-gods says:

      You don’t need to zoom in in any strategy game, it’s just an option for the aesthetically inclined.

      Have to disagree about the portraits too, I think they’re quite original and cool looking.

      In terms of mid-game goals they added a bunch in the last free update, with more planned in the next one (such as mid-game crises apparently).

    • teije says:

      The next free patch (Heinlein) is specifically focused on more content for the mid-game. Which I agree is severely lacking right now.

      • Captain Joyless says:

        The content isn’t going to be free. Only the first two patches, Asimov and Clarke, were promised to be entirely free. Heinlein will be a free patch with bug fixes and some improvements, but the real content will be a paid DLC in ~late August.

    • Universal Quitter says:

      You were fooling yourself if you thought that new game systems and expansions sized DLC were going to come out before cheap “stuff packs.”

      It’s not a “bad start” because this DLC isnt in place of those bigger DLC. They just take more planning and resources to implement than skins, models, and protraits.

      I imagine that the design side of the team is more focused on the third free megapatch than major DLC.

  4. Haldurson says:

    I’m a lot more interested in the next regular update than cosmetic DLCs. The early part of the game, imho, is pretty darn good, but as the game progresses, it gets boring. And then because I tend to start a new game as I get into the boring middle game, that early game that was fantastic at first, starts getting repetitive and boring also.

    Ah well. At least we have mods.

    • Universal Quitter says:

      I think we all want those things, but it’s following a similar format as CKII and EUIV.

      Lots of small content packs being sold regularly, with major DLC being released every few months at a more “premium” price, along with a sizable patch of free features for those who sit out.

      • Neutrino says:

        “but it’s following a similar format as CKII”

        So I should expect it to cost £130 before it’s good then :(

      • Pogs says:

        Choo choo, all aboard the DLC train! Wallets.. I mean tickets please!

    • mouton says:

      Yes, the Heinlein update is much more important. The game is still quite rough on the edges, much more than I expected and they still seem to be trying to find formulas for things that probably should have been designed in earlier development stages.