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Stellaris coming May 9 with art designed for space fans

Those who pre-order will be sent into space -- at least their names

Stellaris, the forthcoming sci-fi grand strategy game from Paradox Development Studio will be released for Windows, Macintosh and Linux PCs on May 9. Stellaris challenges players to explore a new universe and establish an empire across the stars.


The standard game includes a 140-minute digital soundtrack, exclusive cosmetic DLC and more. The "Galaxy" edition includes an extensive Digital Collector’s Book detailing the art and design of Stellaris, the novel “Stellaris: Infinite Frontiers” on eBook and an exclusive digital wallpaper signed by the Stellaris development team.


Those who pre-order also get the Creatures of the Void DLC -- a cosmetic add-on that includes five new alien designs chosen by the Stellaris community. You can watch as the Hydra/Xenomorph, Evil Porcupine, Dinosaur Bird, Shadowy Anthropoid and Fungoid Infected Mammalian spread their grasping appendages across the galaxy.


Pre-orderers will also have their name sent into lower space by Paradox. A USB drive filled with the names of all who pre-order will be attached to a weather balloon and launched into the upper stratosphere, as the press release states: "in an effort to let drive-by extraterrestrials know who among us are the most enthusiastic to explore space and meet new friends." Pre-orders will also be rewarded with a set of Stellaris ringtones from the game’s original soundtrack.

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