Paradox Interactive's celebrated sci-fi 4X strategy game Stellaris will be free to try this weekend on Steam, in honour of the game's third birthday.

Stellaris initially launched for PC on 9th May 2016, and so, in the name on timeliness, its free weekend is already underway. As of now, interested parties can download the base game from Steam for the temporary sum of nowt and set a course for galactic domination. Those unfamiliar with Stellaris' take on sci-fi strategy, incidentally, might find this brisk introductory video overview mildly illuminating.

The free weekend comes to a close at 10pm in the UK/1pm PDT on Sunday, 12th May.

As part of the free weekend, Paradox is discounting the entire Stellaris catalogue on Steam, so if you're sufficiently taken with the game's compelling rhythms of exploration, resource acquisition, and expansion (with a side order of diplomacy and occasional subjugation), you've the option to do a whole lot more of it for cheap.

Stellaris' base game will, for instance, cost £8.74 instead of the usual £34.99 until 14th May, and the vast majority of DLC has been discounted by 50%. Additionally, Stellaris' most recent expansion, the business-themed MegaCorp, will be discounted for the first time since its release, enjoying a more modest 20% price drop down to £12.39.

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