developer: Paradox Development Studio
publisher: Paradox Interactive
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet, players: 1-32
Leviathans is the title of the first story DLC for the space real-time strategy game Stellaris that was released during spring 2016 on PC. The expansion was developed by the creators of the core game from Paradox Development. Alexis Kennedy, who is a writer, game creator and owner of Failbetter Games (creators of Sunless Sea), helped in creating this expansion pack.
Unlike the base game that lacked any storyline, the Leviathans expansion introduces a story plot titled War in Heaven. The player is thrown in the middle of a conflict between two Fallen Empires which after years of peace decide to get back on the war path. The player can decide whether they will join one of the sides of the conflict or remain neutral and try to gain profits amidst the chaos.
The Leviathans DLC for PC doesn’t introduce any revolutionary changes – it is still a real-time 4X strategy game in which the player globally manages a civilization. In addition to introducing a story plot and various new random encounters, the expansion adds a few important novelties. The first one is a new, neutral race named Guardians, creatures that hide many mysteries – solving them may proof as profitable as dangerous. Enclaves appear in the game as well – they are independent facilities created by merchants and artists. In these places the players can trade, exchange resources, gather valuable information and order some works of art that can be exhibited among their empire.
Stellaris: Leviathans for PC doesn’t introduce any serious changes to the technical aspects of the game. However, the developers implemented new sounds and music themes.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz, 2 GB RAM, graphic card 1 GB GeForce 460/Radeon HD 6600 or better, 4 GB HDD, Windows Vista/7/8
Minimum: Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz/AMD Athlon 64 3500+, 2 GB RAM, graphic card 512 MB GeForce 8800/Radeon X1900 or better, 4 GB HDD, Windows XP/Vista/7/8