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Stellaris unveils new archaeology themed Ancient Relics story pack DLC

UPDATE: Out next week on PC and Mac.

UPDATE 28/5/19: Sci-fi strategy game Stellaris' latest Story Pack DLC, the archaeology themed Ancient Relics, will launch next week, on 4th June.

The brisk version of the Ancient Relics' additions goes something like this: two new Precursor civilisations (the Baol and the Zroni) to uncover, new Ancient Relics providing "significant benefits" to your empire (either given as rewards or found by digging at archaeological sites), new Relic Worlds featuring guaranteed dig sites, new dig-related story missions, and the new Minor Artifacts resource.

The below video, however, details Ancient Relics' new features a little more thoroughly, and it'll only take four and a half minutes of your time.

Ancient Relics will costs £7.19/$9.99 USD when it releases for PC and Mac next week, 4th June.

ORIGINAL STORY 14/5/19: Paradox Interactive has unveiled a brand-new story pack for its wonderful sci-fi strategy title Stellaris. It's called Ancient Relics, and is scheduled to arrive on PC and Mac "soon".

Stellaris' story packs have historically foregone the major features seen in flagship expansions, and have instead sought to enrich the experience through deeper lore and other intrigue. To date, Stellaris has received three story packs - Leviathans, Synthetic Dawn, and Distant Stars (focussing on ancient aliens, robots, and extragalactic travel, respectively) - and Ancient Relics promises to bring an archaeological twist to the 4X core.

According to Paradox, there are two Precursors to uncover in the new Ancient Relics expansion, alongside Relic Worlds and ancient treasures. "Uncover the ruins of long-dead civilisations in Relic Worlds to piece together the story of their rise and eventual downfall," explains the publisher, "Mine their derelict cities and ships to unearth the truth, discover powerful relics and harness them for your own empire's ambitions."

Relic Worlds are dormant planets that feature archeological sites, and exploration of these can result in the acquisition of new relics. Investigating a site will begin a new story, which can feature anywhere between one and six chapters, and the relics earned at the end of a run can provide "significant benefits" to your empire.

Players will also get the chance to explore the histories of two new Precursor civilisations: the Baol and the Zroni. "The former," says Paradox, are "a sprawling hivemind of plantoids, the latter some of the most the most powerful psionics to have ever lived." There's also talk of a new resource type known as Minor Artifacts, although details are limited.

Paradox hasn't yet offered a release date or price for Stellaris' Ancient Relics expansion (although previous story packs have cost around £7), but expect more information soon.

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