This seems to be a war themed expansion, so I have hopes this gets tackled as well. Dev diaries for the update begin tomorrow, so hopefully we’ll see in a month or two.
Nope, still a royal pain in the ass.
Didn’t SOTS have boarding pods with marines available on their ships that you could use to invade or also as boarding parties to disable enemy ships? Including them as a module option on ship design would open up a lot of options for Stellaris as well as do away with the god awful micromanagement.
SOTS just didn’t have invasion. Surrender or orbital bombardment only.
Must be SOTS 2 I’m remembering then. Was sure they had an assault shuttle module option.
SotS had boarding pods for taking over ships. There were also assault shuttles that killed population and infrastructure on the planet. The Zuul also had raiding pods that could steal population from planets as slaves. These Zuul pods also left behind baby Zuul that could start an infestation that could eventually take over the planet if there were enough of them.
Edit: You could probably change the assault shuttles to allow for planetary takeover. However, mixing ground-assault ships with fleet ships would still potentially be tricky since the ground-assault ships would be more vulnerable in a fleet battle. You could easily end up with a situation where you could in theory build low-fuss hybrid ships but high-micro-management specialized ships would beat them every time.
They are completely changing a hell of a lot in just this DD, and they still have a lot of DDs to go.
So far everything in the DD sounds great. The possibility of fewer but stronger central building nodes, the tug of war between different specialization roles for the starbases, and all that sounds excellent.
And a confirmation that a FTL rework is coming, details next week! Yes!
With the control of systems being based on capturing and occupying Starbases along with an associated rework of the Wargoal system, I wonder if this is indication that planetary invasions are going the way of the Dodo.
My personal favorite technique; the bio missiles that converted the planet
I forgot about those.
In game lore, was that considered dropping the love bomb or the funk bomb?
SotS didn’t really model populations: every planet you owned was populated with your species. So the lore about the conversion was that it magically genetically modified all the sentients into your species, magically changed their allegiance and also magically terraformed the planet into whatever your species preferred.
So, how about that Stellaris DD? Most of the griping seems to have be about having to build an outpost in every system.
There’s a mod that does a lot of this already called Improved Border System. It adds a bit more micro to the expansion mechanism, but it does actually improve the game a good bit. The only thing I don’t like about the DD is that we’re probably talking Q1 2018 before we get to see the update.
For my favorite species? (the ridiculously overpowered Morrigi) The Love Bomb :)
New dev diary up regarding FTL changes. Some hate in the comments, but the plans look good to me.
Not true! Certainly in later expansions, different civilian populations could come from different species. (Imperial populations were restricted to your own race). The assimilation missiles converted allegiance, though I don’t believe it was modeled anywhere beyond an initial dice roll and a defection if successful.
Civilian populations basically were bystanders, and lived under whoever controlled the planet. Very rarely you’d take over a planet with surviving civilians, but most of the time they would die during the bombardment stages. Left without Imperial population, they’d go independent.
So to summarize we have hyperlanes from the start, naturally-occurring wormholes that require tech to stabilize, abandoned instantaneous gateway networks and the possibility to build new gateways later. Jump drives that are like hyperlane drives, but can jump in a radius as a special move. Oh, and each hyperlane has a specific emergence point in a system, so you actually have to travel in-system to get to the next point. Warp is totally gone and existing wormhole stations only survive in the form of natural wormholes and gateways.
Sounds awesome to me. I tend to play hyper-only games, and the possibility of them catering more to this and building additional systems (e.g. FTL sensors) around this is great.
Ah I’d forgotten about that. Still, I think the conversion missiles changed the imperial population and terraformed the planet to the imperial standard.
I believe that’s correct. There’s a reasonably good wiki with mechanical details; here is the page for assimilation bio missiles.
While I enjoyed toying around with wormhole movement, I think hyperlanes make for better gameplay so I’m all for this. Haven’t played in quite a while but when this update drops I might finally jump back in again.
This seems excellent. Stellaris added multiple FTL methods but with none of the aspects to it that made them so clever in SoTS: teleportation required a gate network, warp-drives were much slower than hyperlanes, and FTL drives were cleverly balanced and thematically handled.
I haven’t touched Stellaris in a long time, despite receiving Unity for free due to Paradox’s sales snafu. I’m hoping they can still salvage the game; I’m more hopeful than I have been, but there remains a long, long way to go.