Paradox Interactive makes great games that span nearly a thousand years of history. That’s not enough for them, as they are looking at FUTURE history now, with their upcoming effort, Stellaris. And quite frankly, the game looks right up my alley.
Stellaris is a science fiction empires game that is just as in depth and flavorful as their other games, and I came across an article featuring their latest developer diary on Alliances and Federations in the game, which showed how deep this game is going to be.
Basically, Alliances are technically like that of any other game’s alliances system, you promise to come to each other’s defense, etcetera. But one of the key differences is that you cannot initiate an offensive war without your allies ok, so you need to come up with war goals that give your allies a reason to send their units to fight and die in your cause. You can always quit and go solo if you can’t convince your allies that a neighboring empire deserves to be crushed, but good luck getting them back in an alliance later!
An overlook of the Galactic Map, where several empires are locked into a struggle for supremacy.
Federations are even more intriguing. They allow several empires to focus their joint efforts together, which is especially useful in ship building (where units can be created using the best technology from each race in the Federation). It allows for several small empires to band together against the aggression of larger empires that might pick them off one at a time otherwise. There IS a downside however, and that is control. The Federation’s fleets are under the control of the leader of the Federation, and that position rotates.. so if you join a federation, that may mean that you can’t use your military to your best effect.
A fleet of ships around one of the many stars that you will hopefully claim for your empire
The game does not currently have a release date (it has reached internal beta and is rumored for a summer release) but will support up to 32 player multiplayer as well as single player campaigns
You can check out all the design diaries here.. and check out Paradox’s website for the game at this link.