Stellaris Update 3.1 Adds Plenty of New Content to Old DLCs

Stellaris Lem Update
Stellaris "Lem" Update 3.1 Paradox Development Studio

Paradox Development Studio just released Update 3.1 or the “Lem” patch for Stellaris. The update focuses on adding new content to old DLCs, while also providing balance tweaks to the game.

Back in June, the company issued a statement regarding two teams that will handle the game development. The “Custodian” team will focus on providing new content to old DLCs, as well as adding game balances and improvements whenever necessary.

The “expansion” team will focus more on providing all-new content, specifically DLCs that will be released a few months in between.

Update 3.1 has been in the making for a long time by the Custodian team, but expect future updates to be lighter than this.

Anyway, the Lem update was named to honor Stanislaw Lem, a Polish science fiction writer best known for his 1961 novel, Solaris.

New Content

There is a lot to unpack in the Lem update. First, the Tradition Trees are no longer hard-locked, which means you can now choose any tradition tree you want to pursue. Expect a new and improved UI that makes the tradition tree customization so much better.

As mentioned earlier, new content has been added to previously released DLCs. For instance, you can now play the new Phototropic species from the Plantoid Species Pack that rely on background radiation with Radiotropic as food.

If you want to play as a Humanoid, you can choose the new Clone Army Origin. This new species relies on Ancient Cloning Vats to proliferate.

How about Necroids? Well, the newly renamed Reanimators (from Reanimated Armies) have a nifty ability to reanimate targets, including those defeated in battle and some Leviathans.

Patch Highlights

PLANTOIDS
  • Idyllic Bloom civic added. Can be used for Plantoids and Fungoids and gives the ability to transform ideal worlds into Gaia worlds
  • Added Phototrophic, Radiotrophic and Budding species traits for Plantoid and Fungoid species
HUMANOIDS
  • Added Masterful Crafters Civic
  • Added Pleasure Seekers Civic
  • Added Clone Army Origin
NECROIDS
  • Reanimated Armies Civic has been renamed to Reanimators and their empires can now reanimate Biological Leviathans, among other things
  • Enabled Necrophage origin for Hive Minds
SELECTABLE TRADITIONS
  • Reworked the Traditions interface to make Tradition Trees selectable. Allowing Empires to have access to more than 7 different trees (Empires are still limited to only having 7 active trees)
  • Added a new 'Mercantile' tradition tree to the base game
BALANCE
  • Removed stability modifier from Memorialist building and added it to Memorialist job instead
  • Necrophages can now only have Stone, Bronze, or Iron Age primitives as their guaranteed planets. These planets are also guarded by a few more defense armies than they usually would be
PERFORMANCE AND STABILITY
  • Added a sanity check to prevent a possible crash when closing the game during gameplay
  • Slightly reduced the performance burden of the auto-migration system

You can read the complete patch notes by visiting the game’s official website.

Stellaris “Lem” Update 3.1 is now available on PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Mac, and PC.

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