Paradox Interactive today announced that First Contact, the latest story pack for the sci-fi strategy game Stellaris, will be released on March 14, 2023.

First Contact focuses primarily on new interactions with civs that cannot yet FTL travel and a new cloaking technology. It also adds new origins, new story content, and game mechanics to further expand the Stellaris universe. 

This new trailer shows how First Contact can lead to unexpected places:

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The galaxy is vast and full of wonders, but at the same time it is full of alien empires that you will encounter whether you are ready or not. First Contact features a number of new origins and mechanics, allowing players to tell stories about their civilization's first encounters with visitors from the stars - including ones that may not have come in peace:

The features of the First Contact Story Pack in detail.

  • New Origins:
    • Broken Shackles: Players didn't go to the stars voluntarily; they were abducted to the stars by aliens. Now is the time to take over the ship with your fellow inmates and band together to survive and thrive as a diverse new community. In this humble origin, players can rise to other greatnesses... but will the previous kidnappers take notice?

    • Revenge: No one would have believed that their own world was being watched closely by secret services larger than their own - until they invaded. Rather than backing down, civilization has driven the would-be conquerors out of space. With newly acquired access to this advanced technology, discover what's out there waiting.

    • Fear of the Dark: While exploring your home system, you always have the suspicion that you are not alone in the galaxy... especially if one of the planets suddenly suffered an "incident" some time ago. A very large faction of their own people has long opposed tempting fate in the dark depths of the unknown. Which path will players choose when they find out they need more room to grow.

  • New interaction options with civs without OC technology: What is the role of the players when the next member of the galactic community tells their origin story? New mechanics allow for a wider range of interactions with civs without OC technology, depending on their technological level and awareness of their presence. Is the arrival celebrated, or is there intense panic?

  • Camouflage Technology: Nobody saw this feature coming! Ships are equipped with cloaking devices to covertly investigate or surprise an enemy; one's own neighbors without UL technology must be watched with camouflaged observation posts. This is how you make sure your scanners and intel are strong... you never know which of your neighbors might be lurking in the shadows!

Together with First Contact Will the free 3.7 Canis Minor update be dated Stellaris Custodian Team released, which includes various gameplay improvements, new archaeotechs introduced in the Ancient Relics Story Pack can be unearthed and more.

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