Stellaris' New Expansion Would Like to Have a Word About the Robot Uprising

By Matt Wales on at

Stellaris is a game that I started playing and quite enjoyed, and when I finally logged off, was surprised to discover that it was three weeks later. As such, I've done my damnedest to stay away from this evil sci-fi succubus since then, despite publisher Paradox's best efforts to tempt me back in with new expansions. And now they're at it again, with the announcement of the Synthetic Dawn story pack thing.

Synthetic Dawn's big focus, and the clue's in the title, is on synthetic lifeforms, and will enable you to establish what Paradox is calling a Machine Empire. "Robot workers and citizens can now form entirely mechanical societies at the start of the game and seek greatness among the stars," says Paradox, "including the ability to rise up and conquer those squishy organics." You can check out that rising and squishing in the announcement trailer:

Beyond that, Paradox is playing it a little bit coy, and currently isn't even offering an estimated time of arrival beyond a vague "coming soon." So while we wait for that final release date, and the subsequent emergence of our new robot overlords, feel free to peruse the few remaining Stellaris: Synthetic Dawn details that Paradox is sharing below:


  • You, Robot: Play Stellaris as a customized robotic civilization, complete with a series of robotic portraits for science robots, worker robots, and more
  • AI, eh? Aye!: Follow new event chains and story features to lead your robot race to greatness as an intergalactic AI empire; pursue mechanical perfection in the stars
  • Rise of the Machines: Oppressed synths may rebel against their masters and form new empires -- or you may even discover a fallen synthetic civilization deep in space
  • Digital Enhancements: New synthetic race portraits, and expanded voice packs for VIR