It's been some time since Leviathans was released, the paid content adding in everything from new species portraits to giant space monsters, and it's generally been well received (including myself, but you can read all about my thoughts on it here) but now that the initial excitement has worn off people are starting to wonder. What's next for Stellaris?
Well, we've got a rough outline of what's coming soon. By the end of the year we'll be getting something called the 'Banks' and 'Kennedy' updates. Now of course, they're being very hush-hush about all of the specifics but we do have a list of what Paradox is hoping to accomplish by the end of the year. Now this list is by no means complete and there's quite a bit left out, but there's enough given to give you a general idea of the direction we'll be going with the game in the months to come.
These are three points that Paradox wants to continually update with every expansion:
And here's a list of what the developers WANT but won't make any promises of giving us:
Now I'm definitely envisioning an EU 4 style setup in the coming years in terms of where some of these expansions are going to go, and I think the modding community has done a wonderful job so far of beating the developers to it in some aspects. We already have something akin to more interesting mechanics for Pre-FTL civilizations in the form of this mod which lets you actually play as a Pre-FTL civilization. While Leviathans might have had its few minor flaws I really do think that Stellaris is one of the best games to have come out of this year, and I think when next year rolls around it'll only get better.