The console adaptation of Paradox Interactive’s interstellar grand strategy game has received its first major expansion. Utopia is out now for PS4 and Xbox One, adding a bunch of new gameplay features for adapting your growing space empire.
Utopia brings a number of additions to shape your civilisation. One of the first possibilities is with megastructures that include building Dyson Spheres around stars, while habitat stations let you pack more citizens into new parts of your empire without planets. While you’re meddling, why not look to ascend your populace to the next stage of evolution, whether using genetic modification with Biological Mastery, transferring consciousness into machines with Synthetic Evolution, or unlocking the full psionic potential of one’s species through Transcendence?
But there’s plenty more new possibilities as well, from more extreme governments, to indoctrinating primitive civilisations, enacting space slavery, and more.
Utopia first landed on PC in April 2017, following on from the 2016 release of the original game. However, as we’ve seen with other Paradox Interactive games like Cities: Skylines, they like to have their console releases following a few steps behind the pioneering PC versions. A part of that is because the console games don’t always have feature parity. At launch in February, Stellaris Console Edition lacked online multiplayer, but this was then added in May.
Even so, when we reviewed Console Edition, we called it, “a solid port of what is easily Paradox Interactive’s most accessible grand strategy game. While Stellaris has evolved and grown over the past three years on PC, the base game is still a good solid grand strategy title with some intriguing ideas for storytelling and managing an endgame, though without some of the depth of their other titles. More importantly, wrapped a controller and TV friendly interface around the game that puts control over even the grandest of empires well within your grasp.”
Source: press release