For the most part, you aren't sci-fi if you aren't tackling the topic of synthetic life and artificial intelligence. While the heady grand strategy Stellaris certainly deals with both synth lives and AI, it's digging even deeper into Asimov's Laws with the upcoming Synthetic Dawn story pack.
The video is a bit confusing at first, because you're not seeing the new synth races themselves—you're seeing the results of the new synth races using the pre-existing races like Matrix batteries. So, enjoy turning everyone else into CopperTops as you slip into the robo boots of a customized robotic civilization. Or, if you're one of those "squishy biological races," be a bit more careful about oppressing synths. You know how bots like to rebel against masters.
Plus, the images below zoom in on the Zero-Zero-One species, the determined exterminators, the Tebrid Animus machine empire, new gene modding so that you can template your race juuuust right, and a couple peeks at the Machine Station (the hollow 12-sided dice base).
Stellaris: Synthetic Dawn is out later this year.
Stellaris Prepares Robotic Empires for Digital Distribution Across the Universe
New Story Pack “Synthetic Dawn” to Add AI Civilizations and Robot Collectives
STOCKHOLM — Aug. 3, 2017 — Paradox Interactive, a publisher and developer of digital entertainment for organic minds, today announced a new Story Pack for Stellaris, the sci-fi grand strategy game from Paradox Development Studio. The new content, titled “Synthetic Dawn,” will add new ways for players to experience Stellaris, focused primarily on synthetic life forms. Robot workers and citizens can now form entirely mechanical societies at the start of the game and seek greatness among the stars – including the ability to rise up and conquer those squishy organics. Stellaris: Synthetic Dawn will be released for Windows, Mac, and Linux PCs later this year.
Stellaris: Synthetic Dawn
Stellaris: Synthetic Dawn provides an all-new way for players to establish their empire across the stars, starting the game as a Machine Empire -- a society made up entirely of robots. Unique game features and event chains will allow the machines to expand as a robotic consciousness, and create an AI-led network that grows to galactic dominance
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
For more information about Synthetic Dawn, visit http://www.paradoxplaza.com/stellaris-synthetic-dawn/STST01DSK0000008.html.