Paradox Interactive has announced that it’s bringing its 4X grand strategy space game Stellaris to iOS and Android devices. It’s arriving in the form of multiplayer-focussed Stellaris: Galaxy Command, and a beta version is available in select countries now.
Galaxy Command, which unfolds in a “persistent, player-driven world”, gives players control of their own orbital space station, which they’re able to expand by researching new technologies in order to extend their galactic influence.
That influence is used, ultimately, to rebuild their civilisation following a “devastating, inter-dimensional invasion” – a task that requires interacting with other players, forging alliances, negotiating, and otherwise making choices that “directly impact each others’ recoveries”.
“How you build and expand your empire, tax or trade with others, and construct defensive structures,” says Paradox, “will have real consequences”, causing the map to evolve over time. And for those that prefer the military approach, it’s possible to construct powerful fleets, arm them with technology, and work with allies to seize control of galaxies.
According to Paradox, Galaxy Command is “designed for short play sessions”, with the expectation being that players will “check on [their] station, fleet, and alliance” throughout the day. “Make sure your station is constantly researching and expanding,” it writes, “and your fleet is building up and rearming to deal with new threats.”
Paradox calls Galaxy Command an “authentic Stellaris experience on mobile”, promising visuals, characters, and an original storyline that will feel familiar to fans of the PC original. And while it’s danced around the term in its announcement material, early signs point to the game being free-to-play, with Paradox only saying it will discuss monetisation “in the future”.
Stellaris: Galaxy Command is currently available in beta form, but only for iOS and Android users in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Sweden. There’s no indication of when the game will become available elsewhere.