Stellaris Distant Stars DLC Is Out And Holy Crap They Made A HUGE Change!
A new DLC for Stellaris just dropped on Steam. Distant Stars is a story pack which add more anomalies to discover and mysteries to uncover. But that's not the big news. As with most of these Paradox expansions, it came with a massive patch which... this one makes a huge change to a core mechanic of the game.
A large part of Stellaris is the exploration of the universe and researching anomalies. Before this patch you could fail researching anomalies. You were given a failure risk percentage, which depended on the experience of the scientist researching it. With Stellaris 2.1 Niven patch, not anymore.
All anomalies now will be researched successfully. The only question is how long it takes to research it. Anomalies are given a level from 1 to 10. Based on the level of the anomaly and your scientist, it takes a set amount of time to research it. So as you guessed, a low level scientist trying to research a high level anomaly will be hit with additional time penalty.
This new mechanic rework reminds me of research in Hearts of Iron IV where researching tech that was meant for a later date means longer research time. Now this anomaly rework is going to mean a lot more emphasis will be put into researching anomalies and perhaps the payback for researching them has also been increased (although I can't confirm it as I just started tinkering with the DLC).
There's also a bunch of other changes in the 2.1 patch which you can read here. Distant Stars is available on Steam for RM23.50 or your regional equivalent. Stellaris is on a 60% discount right now on Steam till 26th May.
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