Paradox has unveiled MegaCorp, the latest expansion for its galactic grand strategy extravaganza, Stellaris.
MegaCorp is the third major expansion for Stellaris, following on from Utopia and Apocalypse, and is designed to enrich the economy elements of the game, "ushering in an era of prosperity and profit" as players establish their own corporate empire among the stars.
Budding CEOs can access a range of new business-orientated Civics, enabling them to, for instance, establish Branch Offices on planets within their empires where trade agreements are in place. This will add a portion of the planet's Trade Value to their own network.
The Ecumenopolis, meanwhile, can increase the population density of core worlds to "truly epic proportions, eventually creating a planet-spanning megacity". And, because size really is everything, there's also the option of building new megastructures, such as the Matter Decompressor, Strategic Coordination Center, and Mega-Art Installation.
Elsewhere, there are new nomadic traders known as Caravaneers who "always have a bargain up their sleeve", new economy related Acension perks, and the galactic slave market - where it's possible to "buy and sell pops on an industrial scale". Those of a benevolent nature can liberate their new charges, while others...might have other ideas.
For the especially curious, Paradox has released a 45-minute-long developer video exploring each of these new features in considerably more detail. And while there's no release date for Stellaris' MegaCorp expansion just yet, we do at least know it'll cost Ł15.49.