Stellaris Explorer Edition

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Get ready to explore, discover and interact with a multitude of species as you journey among the stars. Forge a galactic empire by sending out science ships to survey and explore, while construction ships build stations around newly discovered planets. Discover buried treasures and galactic wonders as you spin a direction for your society, creating limitations and evolutions for your explorers. Alliances will form and wars will be declared. Like all our Grand Strategy games, the adventure ev...
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Standard Edition

  • Stellaris
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Stellaris Galaxy Edition

Galaxy Edition

  • Stellaris
  • Stellaris Novel (Ebook)
  • Digital Collector's Book
  • Signed Wallpaper
  • Original Soundtrack
  • Unique Forum Avatar
  • Exclusive Alien Race
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Stellaris Explorer Edition

Explorer Edition

  • Stellaris
  • Stellaris - Leviathans Story Pack
  • Stellaris - Plantoids Species Pack
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Stellaris: New Player Edition

New Player Edition

  • Stellaris
  • Stellaris: Utopia
  • Stellaris: Galactic Paragons
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Stellaris: Starter Pack

Starter Pack

  • Stellaris
  • Stellaris: Utopia
  • Stellaris: Apocalypse
  • Stellaris: Leviathans Story Pack
  • Stellaris: Synthetic Dawn Story Pack
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Explorer Edition includes

- Stellaris
- Stellaris - Leviathans Story Pack
- Stellaris - Plantoids Species Pack
Get ready to explore, discover and interact with a multitude of species as you journey among the stars. Forge a galactic empire by sending out science ships to survey and explore, while construction ships build stations around newly discovered planets. Discover buried treasures and galactic wonders as you spin a direction for your society, creating limitations and evolutions for your explorers. Alliances will form and wars will be declared.

Like all our Grand Strategy games, the adventure evolves with time. Because free updates are a part of any active Paradox game, you can continue to grow and expand your empire with new technologies and capabilities. What will you find beyond the stars? Only you can answer that.


Every game begins with a civilization that has just discovered the means to travel between stars and is ready to explore the galaxy. Have your science ships survey and explore anomalies, leading you into a myriad of quests, introducing strange worlds with even stranger stories and discoveries that may completely change your outcome.


With characteristically complex unique planets and celestial bodies, you will enter a whirlwind of spectacles in a highly detailed universe.


Through customization and procedural generation, you will encounter infinitely varied races. Choose positive or negative traits, specific ideologies, limitations, evolutions or anything you can imagine. Interact with others through the advanced diplomacy system. Diplomacy is key in a proper grand strategy adventure. Adjust your strategy to your situation through negotiation and skill.


An eternal cycle of war, diplomacy, suspicions and alliances await you. Defend or attack with fully customizable war fleets, where adaptation is the key to victory. Choose from an array of complex technologies when designing and customizing your ships with the complex ship designer. You have a multitude of capabilities to choose from to meet the unknown quests that await.


Grow and expand your empire with thousands of randomly generated planet types, galaxies, quests and monsters lurking in space.


Customize your Empire! The characters you choose, be it a murderous mushroom society or an engineering reptile race, can be customized with traits like ethics, type of technology, form of preferred space travel, type of habitat, philosophies and more. The direction of the game is based on your choices.




  • OS: Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
  • Processor: Intel iCore i3-530 or AMD FX-6350
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 or AMD ATI Radeon HD 5870 (1GB VRAM), or AMD Radeon RX Vega 11 or Intel HD Graphics 4600
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 10 GB available space
  • Sound Card: Direct X 9.0c- compatible sound card
  • Additional Notes: Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers. Special multiplayer requirements: Internet Connection

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Recent reviews

This is a fun past time game that turned into a very intricate and time consuming play! Its command and conquer style is very fun, the governing and settlement building is very fun. The race to explore and take over worlds before other races is always fun and challenging! Its crusader kings in space!
  • Lots to do and manage
  • very intricate
  • Governing and polotics
  • time consuming
  • not a whole lot of mods
Always loved the strategic type of games, let alone the ones that can be played in space.

Harder to learn without guide, but nothing is impossible, and google is our friend :D.

Fairly good amount of content (but DLC's are welcome), the gameplay quickly got you in, so prepare for a longer session.

For me it is also really fun with friends, and with steam workshop the possibilites are endless.

Good game for a good price :).
  • Lot of content
  • Good gameplay
  • Fair price
  • Lack of guide
it's great, really cheap in comparison to the original price and received it immediately after and the fact that it's a really great game makes it better...............................................
After 3 install, it does'nt work, the launcher freeze while 30min. I got a recent PC and enough strong to run the game. There are so many ways to fix it, i tried and abandonned.

Too much disappointment
After suggestion from my friend I bought this game, played a few hours and shortly on it I bought DLCs, game is very good optimized, have a support when needed. Bought a game also for another friends.
  • Community support
  • Optimized for mac
  • Without mods fast endgame
  • Language modifications
Now stellaris is the definition of good soup. If the soup is setting the galaxy on fire to see what happens and good is the utter carnage you can wreck on any empire. Stellaris is a strategy game similar to hearts of iron but in space so the possibility is infinite
  • Endless amount of galaxy domination
  • Great mod support
  • Being a cult that purifies and worships planets and much more
  • a lot of pain dlc
  • a lot of time investment to see endgame
  • a lot of micromanagment
Very interesting and complex, certainly not suited for a newbie in strategy games. Stellaris is probably the most awesome game i've tried in years: there is always something new to learn, the tech tree is nearly infinite, customizing your race to start taking over the galaxy is really fun, kinda like building your character in an RPG game, even though this is a strategy game, and the space battles are just incredible. Plus, if you ever got to build a titan and use it...oh, man! I just can put down in words the feeling of destroying a planet like Tarkin did in will have to try it yourself.
Only one flow: it's reeeeally difficult to understand. It lacks a guide, so you will need a few days to finally keep up the pace with AI, but once you do you are probably ready to get to the end game. I recommend to buy some DLC too, they are really worth it.
  • Complex
  • Captivating
  • Good graphics
  • Enduring, there is always some other combination that you didn't tried
  • Lack of a Guide, for a game this complex it would have really helped.
Best 4X Strategy in space in my opinion.
Great value for money but you need the DLC to have a complete experience.
Early and mid-game you can role-play and craft a story but in late-game is a bit of a micromanagement nightmare and lacks concrete goals to achieve.
The game got a lot fo updates that changed the way it's being played.
Among the top-5 5€ i ever spent on anything. Very fun game with great replay value. You get the most enjoyment out of the game if you play with friends. You have almost endless oportunities and it never got boring.
I honestly haven't been able to stop playing this, I have over a thousand hours and and well on my way to two thousand with the constantly up to date content and endless RP possibility for empire building.
  • Nearly endless replayability
  • Games take a long time to finish
Fun 4X game. First one I've played and it was simple enough with a short guide to get started and have fun. Would definitely recommend to anyone that is starting to play 4X games for the first time, or anyone that is a 4X vet, as I believe they'd also have a significant amount of fun with the game.
  • Late game feels amazing
  • Extremely fun with friends
  • Early game is a slogfest
Das Spiel macht sehr viel Spaß, wenn man sich darin erstmal zurecht findet. Zum Anfang war es nämlich immer wieder frustrierend wenn man bestimmte Dinge in den vielen Menüs nicht gefunden hat. Sowohl der Single und Multiplayer Modus hat einiges zu bieten und mit Mods kann das Spieleerlebnis auch noch aufgewertet werden.

Was die DLCs angeht. Nun das Spiel habe ich zu beginn nur mit Mods gespielt aber ohne DLCs. Ich kann jetzt also nicht mehr sagen, was Hauptspiel und was eine Mod war. Ich glaube aber, dass das Spiel auch ohne Mods Spaß macht. Die DLCs sind hier genauso wie bei allen anderen Paradox Spielen. Ein wenig Kontent bekommt man kostenlos, aber der Rest ist hinter einer Paywall versteckt. Auf "bestimmten" Websiten bekommt man diese jedoch auch billiger.
Da muss jeder selbst entscheiden, ob er die kaufen will. Es geht wie gesagt aber auch mit Mods genausogut.
  • Gameplay
  • aktive Modding-Comunity
  • Atmosphäre & Musik
  • (DLC Politik)
  • tw. kompliziertes Menü
Eines der besten mir bekannten Strategie Spiele. Mit Steam Workshop die Möglichkeit des Moddens wie z.b. Star Trek oder Star Gate Universen. Andere nutzen Rundenbasiertes Gameplay, Stellaris spielt sich in Echtzeit
  • Echtzeit
  • Erweiterund des Teritoriums nur mit Aussenposten.
... I'm in love with it - Can't say much else - The game is a great realtime strategy game which allows you to play with your friends, the game is very well made, and can have many different ways of playing, in my opinion the game is one of my favourites
  • Love it
  • Simpel
Great game with loads of content, and many interesting ways to play: Anything from peace-loving xenophiles through gestalt hiveminds and genocidal dictatorships in good old WH40K style. Anyone who like games such as Homeworld and Galactic civilizations will love this.
Steam workshop fills in the blanks where the devs haven't reached yet.
  • Loads of content.
  • Few bugs
  • Allows genocides of filthy xenos.
  • Too time consuming for multiplayer.
  • AI is easy to exploit once you realize how.
  • Repetative music (redeemed by steam workshop)
Le début de ce jeu est tout simplement magnifique et très moins 40h de jeu palpitant (pour le genre).
Par la suite malheureusement cela manque de contenu diversifé, on espère disposer dans un futur proche de "freeLC" pour étoffer le tout.
à recommander selon le prix affiché ;)
  • univers passionnant
  • late game décevant
A good game, but still did not live up to Imperium Galactica 2 in my eyes :( If they shipped it with the Dlc's im prety sure about it would be the best 4x strategy game ever... The detail and the variety you are offered is a nice start tough, so lets wait for the diplomatic and economic Dlc's that will surely come soon.
  • Variety of Species
  • Technology
  • The atmosphere of the game because of the care for the details.
  • Dlc policy
Good game, shallow. Should be fixed by 'freelc' as they call it thesedays, which they just announced, how lucky for us. >_>

Basically game is front loaded, so all the fun happens early on and then it just completely drops off a cliff.
  • Great early game
  • Great music
  • Boring mid-game
  • Sector system is bugged to hell and back
  • Combat is lopsided and unbalanced

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