Stellaris’s new DLC will make you a full-blown feudal space lord next month

The next expansion for sci-fi grand strategy game Stellaris has a release date – and a new trailer to boot. Overlord will introduce you to new ways to consolidate your intergalactic empire and manage the many peoples under your spatial subjugation. It will be released on May 12.

The main focus of the DLC is its new vassal options (is that a word?), which will give you more tight control over the roles and freedoms of your galactic subjects. You will be able to negotiate or enforce contracts between your vassals, tailoring your empire to economic, military or technological superiority. The game’s space-age strategy has always had a futuristic feudal flair, but the management of bickering vassals hammers the house aspect even further.

New groups of people will also be scattered across the map for you to find and interact with, including Mercenaries, Spiritualist ‘Veilwalkers’, and Rescuers. They will present new opportunities to expand your empire, either by forcefully bringing them under your sway or by forming mutually beneficial relationships.

Five new origins – which influence your empire’s background and purpose – are also included, along with new options for building massive megastructures. Orbital Rings improve your influence among neighboring factions, Hyper Relays allow your fleets to travel faster between the stars, and Quantum Catapults project your forces huge galactic distances, even if they don’t always aim correctly.

Check out the Overlord trailer below.

“Overlord brings a host of new features to Stellaris centered around empire management and intergalactic ambition,” says Paradox. “From specialized vassals to powerful new megastructures, Overlord will offer fans multiple and exciting ways to control their galactic empires.”

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The DLC will be released next month for the PC version of Stellaris for $19.99 / £15.49 / AU$29.95.

As is the trend with Paradox strategy games, Overlord will come with a free update, which adds new content and gameplay tweaks. Its exact details are yet to be announced.

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