Stardeus is hoping the space strategy game Paradox Arc will follow in the footsteps of fellow colony RimWorld, Factorio and Oxygen Not Included to be among the best simulation games on PC as it launches on Steam Early Access in October. Coming from Lithuanian developer Kodo Linija as part of Paradox’s new independent publishing initiative, Stardeus is a space-based management game that puts you as a timeless AI exploring a vast procedural world.
Paradox Interactive’s new Arc publishing initiative aims to bring games from small studios “that capture Paradox DNA” to market, following on the heels of their own big names including Stellaris, Europa Universalis and Cities: Skylines. Stardeus sees you in the shoes of a new artificial intelligence responsible for building and managing a spacecraft – you’ll oversee a mix of robots, drones, and human workers to manage the construction and maintenance of the intergalactic ship of colonies.
You will have to build a set of machines and automate your production chains in order to run your ship efficiently, while facing “any problems that may arise from external disasters or the unreliable nature of free-will colonists”. Besides the procedurally generated environment, Stardeus hopes to offer “emerging storytelling through an in-game story generator” as well as full mod support and customization tools.
Stardeus launches on Steam Early Access on October 12. It currently includes the “Wrecked” scenario – the main focus for newbies, which includes the game’s tutorial – as well as the “Leaving Earth” scenario to offer a more premium start setting and the “Sandbox” scenario offering “completely unrestricted ship construction.” There is also mod support from get- go. Kodo Linija says it expects Early Access to last “2-3 years or more”.
You can check out the Stardeus Early Access trailer below:
You can also follow the development of the game live on the developer’s Twitch channel, where they do some of their work on the game during the live broadcast.
In other news from Paradox, the Stellaris Toxoids bundle brings a new poisonous collection to one of the best space games on PC, while Europa Universalis 4 DLC Lions of the North adds new content about the Baltic Sea to one of the best grand strategy games you can play right now. .