Grand strategy is making the jump from PC, finally.
In this case, Paradox really wants to test how console gamers respond to one of the most complex space strategy titles on the market. Paradox Interactive has made some amazing games like Hearts of Iron IV and Crusader Kings II, so seeing how this console port pans out will be intriguing indeed.
The team at Paradox is confident though, Daniel Moregård, Game Director at Paradox Interactive had the following to say about the future of more complex games on consoles:
Grand Strategy is often considered a niche genre even on the PC, but we believe that while a console audience exists, a game like Stellaris simply hasn’t made it to those platforms yet. With the help of Tantalus’ expertise, we’re happy to take that leap! Console players can look forward to the true Grand Strategy experience and continued DLC and support after launch with Stellaris: Console Edition.
The developer working with Paradox on the port, Tantalus Media, has quite the pedigree bringing complex strategy and other titles to Xbox One and PS4. Recently, the team there worked on porting over Cities: Skylines and related DLC content to both platforms.
At launch, Stellaris: Console Edition will be content equivalent to version 1.7 of the PC game, and judging from the treatment Cities: Skylines got, we can probably expect a bunch of DLC and mod content to make the jump to the console version of Stellaris as well. Players can also pick up a Deluxe Edition of Stellaris: Console Edition which includes Plantoids Species Pack, Leviathans Story Pack and Utopia Expansion. Although you’ll have to wait on that content to be ported first.
Check out the first trailer for Stellaris: Console Edition down below. The console port of the excellent strategy title doesn’t have a firm release date yet, so keep your eyes peeled for that soon. And if you happen to be at Gamescom 2018 this week from August 21 to August 25, there is a playable demo on consoles there.