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Anyone who has dipped into the galactic advances of Stellaris: Console Edition will already know that there is a whole host of content included. Now though that universe expands once more, with the addition of Expansion Pass Five: Nemesis.

From Paradox Interactive, the fifth Stellaris: Console Edition Expansion Pass will bring enough new content to keep players going for some time, all as they go about ruling their empires through menace, subterfuge, and diplomacy. 

It’s the new espionage mechanics which will help with that, as well as the ability to become a terrifying crisis that threatens the very galaxy itself. Nemesis is an expansion to Stellaris in which the player determines the fate of a destabilizing galaxy, it gives you the most powerful tools ever available in Stellaris, adding espionage tools, a path to power as the Galactic Custodian to combat endgame crises – or the Menace option to BECOME the endgame crisis.

But there’s more and in the months to come, the Aquatics Species Pack will become available, followed by the Overlord expansion on consoles, following its highly anticipated PC release. All three DLC pieces will be available individually or discounted via the ‘Expansion Pass’ bundle, for Xbox and PlayStation.

You can watch the Nemesis trailer below, and take in the key features of the expansion as follows:

  • Become the Crisis: You are the fire that spreads across the galaxy, threatening its very existence. As your empire becomes more and more menacing, you’ll unlock powerful bonuses to finish a hopeless galactic stalemate on your own terms. If the rest of the galaxy can’t stop you in time, you can unleash enough power to end all of existence!
  • Galactic Custodian: It’s up to you to campaign for the Galactic Community to declare you a Custodian, granting you emergency powers to combat the Crisis. Use them to bring the galaxy back from the edge of destruction and restore order. When the crisis is defeated, you may choose to relinquish your powers…or keep them, and form a new Galactic Imperium.
  • Espionage: Knowledge is power; use new tools to spy on your enemies (or friends). Deploy Envoys to lead covert Operations and counterintelligence behind enemy borders. Lies and deceit will throw your enemies off your scent while you learn their deepest secrets. As your Infiltration Level grows, you’ll unlock new operations, such as Sabotage Starbase, Acquire Assets or Steal Tech. Turn allies against each other through the use of smear campaigns and by instigating diplomatic incidents. Play your cards right, and they’ll be none the wiser: what they don’t know will hurt them.
  • New Ship Set: Nemesis includes new ships inspired by some of the most imposing empires in science fiction. Whether you’re taking control of the galaxy or wiping it out, you’ll look as powerful as you feel.

You’ll obviously need a copy of Stellaris: Console Edition to hand in order to enjoy Nemesis. Thankfully it’s on the Xbox Store for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. It’s on Game Pass too. The Expansion Pass Five download you need is here. £29.24 will need to be stumped up.

Expansion Description:

Expansion Pass Five includes: Nemesis: Determine the fate of a destabilizing galaxy in this full Expansion. Adding espionage tools, a path to power as the Galactic Custodian to combat endgame crises – or the Menace option to BECOME the endgame crisis – Nemesis gives you the most powerful tools ever available in Stellaris. (Coming 2022) Aquatics: Embrace the life of a seafaring civilization as you sail the open expanses of the galaxy with Stellaris’ most immersive pack yet: the Aquatics Species Pack! (Coming Early 2023) Overlord: Unlock the next level of your empire in this full Expansion. Guide a galaxy full of potential subjects to glory – or subjugation. New mechanics provide many ways to specialize your vassals’ roles within your empire, bring new planets and subjects under your reign, and new magnificent megastructures to project your power further, faster.

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