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Release date / Patch
2017-04-06 / 1.5

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Stellaris: Utopia expansion feature breakdown by Stellaris' game director Martin "Wiz" Anward.

Utopia.png Utopia is the first major expansion for Stellaris. It was announced on 2017-02-02[1] and was released on 2017-04-06[2]. The expansion was accompanied by the free 1.5 patch (aka Banks).

Expansion features[edit | edit source]

These features are only available if the accompanying DLC is activated.

  • Megastructures: Build wondrous structures in your systems including Dyson Spheres and ring worlds, bringing both prestige and major advantages to your species.
  • Habitat Stations: Build “tall” and establish space stations that will house more population, serving the role of planets in a small and confined empire.
  • Ascension Perks: Collect Unity points and adopt Traditions to unlock Ascension Perks that allow you to customize your empire in unique ways (many of which were moved to base game in Stellaris 2.0). Follow one of the four Ascension Paths and achieve Biological Mastery, Cybernetic (since Stellaris 3.6), give up your biological forms in a Synthetic Evolution, or unlock the full psionic potential of your species through Transcendence.
  • Purge and Slavery Types: Further define the different treatment and purging options of species.
  • Native Indoctrination: Help pre-FTL species think in the right way, your way!
  • Advanced Civics: Go to the extreme with choosing either Syncretic Evolution, Mechanist or Fanatic Purifiers (the first 2 became Origins in Stellaris 2.6, Ascensionists was added in Stellaris 3.6).
  • Hive Minds: Tired of ethics? Become one with yourself! (with their specific Civics, and since Stellaris 2.6 the Tree of Life Origin)

Free features[edit | edit source]

The 1.5 patch (aka Banks) includes changes to:

  • Ethics rework: Reworked empire and pop ethics, along with a better integration with a revamped faction system.
  • Faction Interactions: Shift the empire ethics by supporting/oppressing the different factions.
  • Unity and Traditions: Collect Unity points and adopt ideas and bonuses that will ease your species' expansion across the stars, unlocking special perks for completing a set.
  • Rights and Privileges: Set specific policies for which of the many species under your thumb will have the rights and privileges of full citizenship.
  • Refugees and Core Worlds: set policies regarding refugees and core planets.
  • Government Rework: Authority determine how power is transferred while civics represent the political and social traditions of the government.
  • And more: Unrest, Consumer Goods, Happiness etc.

Dev diaries[edit | edit source]

Main article: Developer diaries

All developer diaries about the Utopia expansion, patch 1.5 (aka Banks) and patch 1.6 (aka Adams).

Patch 1.6 (Adams)
No. Title and Link Description Date
15 Introductions and Farewells Rikard Åslund (Zoft), master of dad-jokes, passes the project lead torch to newcomer Jamie Wood (Jamor) 2017-04-13
16 Beyond Utopia Revisiting the old priorities list and the future beyond Utopia 2017-04-20
17 The Adams Update (part 1) Ruined megastructures, split taxes sectors, sector stockpiles and new art assets in 1.6 Adams 2017-04-27
18 The Adams Update (part 2) Devouring Swarm civic for Hive Minds, terraforming enhancements, and full patch notes. 2017-05-04
Patch 1.5 (Banks)
No. Title and Link Description Date
1 Ethics Rework Reworked empire and pop ethics, as well as a new outlook on factions 2016-12-08
2 Unity and Traditions Banks 1.5 will introduce new mechanics 2016-12-15
3 Ascension Perks The new Ascension mechanic and its following 'species endgame' paths coming in Banks 2017-01-12
4 Species Rights Changes to pops: species rights/obligations, new degrees of slavery and purging, refugees, core worlds and more. 2017-01-19
5 Habitats Your new home above your home 2017-01-26
6 Megastructures Megastructures: the headline feature of the Utopia expansion. 2017-02-02
7 Psionics and The Shroud Psionic Ascension Path 2017-02-09
8 Indoctrination, Unrest and Faction Interactions Wiz goes into details on indoctrinating pre-FTL species, new unrest system for factions and ways to interact with them 2017-02-16
9 Government, Civics and Hive Minds Banks focus on internal politics warrants a government rework 2017-02-23
10 Synthetic and Biological Ascension A closer look at ascension paths 2017-03-02
11 Minor Features and Tweaks Empire-wide Food, Terraforming Candidate anomaly, War Demand cost reducing, UI improvements 2017-03-09
12 The Music of Utopia Andreas Waldetoft composed some new music 2017-03-16
13 Graphics & Interface in Banks Changes to the map in Banks 2017-03-23
14 Update 1.5 Banks Patch Notes Full Patch Notes 2017-03-30

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