We’re per week out from the discharge of Stellaris’ Star Wars expansion, Nemesis, and the event crew has simply launched the patch notes for each the DLC pack and the free replace that can launch alongside it – 3.0 ‘Dick’.

It’s value studying the patch notes in full, particularly because it units out clearly what you’ll have to pay for within the enlargement, versus what you get totally free. As has been the custom with Paradox grand strategy games of late, there’s really quite a bit that’s free.

With the upcoming ‘Dick’ patch, headline options embody a model new system for first contact, in addition to the idea of constructing spy networks in international empires. You need to ship diplomatic envoys now to provoke first contact with different polities, and these envoys can construct up EU4-style spy networks. There’s nothing else you are able to do with these networks aside from achieve intelligence on the goal empire, however a premium Nemesis function will contain the operations we’ve written about earlier than. These operations can vary from stealing applied sciences to arming insurgents, and would require you to ‘use up’ your spy community to provoke.

The free patch may also include one other overhaul to planetary economies and populations. There have been some adjustments to how constructing slots work together with industrial districts, and there’s loads of adjustments to inhabitants development as effectively, equivalent to new colonies not incurring an express pop development penalty.

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There are additionally a number of new occasion chains, some new high quality of life options, and loads of stability tweaks and bug fixes. This is the largest patch the crew has launched so far, and there’s actually an excessive amount of to strive and summarise in full, though a few of the fixes will elicit a chuckle, equivalent to: “Uplift button now works instead of just giving you the sad button noise.”

We’ve coated the vast majority of Nemesis’ premium options previously, however simply to recap: On high of the brand new espionage operations, the tip sport has additionally been reworked in order that you can become the crises. You may also grow to be the galactic ‘Custodian’ and defend the galaxy, before creating a Galactic Empire. Other options embody a brand new ship pores and skin set and some music tracks.

Related: The full information to Stellaris DLC

Stellaris: Nemesis will launch subsequent week on PC through Steam and the Paradox Store on April 15. There’s nonetheless time to pre-order, if you happen to’re so inclined.