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Poster for ‘Utopia’.

Utopia is the 1st major expansion for Stellaris. It was announced on 2017-02-02[1] and is to be released on 2017-04-06[2]. The expansion will be accompanied by the free 1.5 patch (aka Banks).

Expansion features[edit]

Utopia brings a host of changes to the core of Stellaris, including:

  • Megastructures: Build wondrous structures in your systems including Dyson Spheres and ring worlds, bringing both prestige and major advantages to your race.
  • Habitat Stations: Build “tall” and establish space stations that will house more population, serving the role of planets in a small and confined empire.
  • Rights and Privileges: Set specific policies for which of the many species under your thumb will have the rights and privileges of full citizenship.
  • Ascension Perks: As the species becomes more enlightened, choose a path - biological, psionic or synthetic - for it will further evolve your species.
  • Purge and Slavery Types: Further define the different treatment and purging options of species.
  • Native Indoctrination: Help pre-FTL species think in the right way, your way!
  • Advanced Civics: Go to the extreme with choosing either Syncretic Evolution, Mechanist or Fanatic Purifiers.
  • Hive Minds: Tired of ethics? Become one with yourself!

Free features[edit]

The 1.5 patch (aka Banks) includes changes to:

  • Ethics rework: Reworked empire and pop ethics, along with a better integration with a revamped faction system.
  • Faction Interactions: Shift the empire ethics by supporting/oppressing the different factions.
  • Unity and Traditions: Collect Unity points and adopt ideas and bonuses that will ease your species' expansion across the stars, unlocking special perks for completing a set.
  • Species rights/obligations: set individual rights/obligations for each species in the empire.
  • Refugees and Core Worlds: set policies regrading refugees and core planets.
  • Government Rework: Authority determine how power is transferred while civics represent the political and social traditions of the government.
  • and more: Unrest, Consumer Goods, Happiness etc.

Dev diaries[edit]

Main article: Developer diaries

All developer diaries about Utopia expansion and patch 1.5 (aka Banks).

No. Title and Link Description Date
1 Ethics Rework Reworked empire and pop ethics, as well as a new outlook on factions 2016-12-08
2 Unity and Traditions Banks 1.5 will introduce new mechanics 2016-12-15
3 Ascension Perks The new Ascension mechanic and its following 'species endgame' paths coming in Banks 2017-01-12
4 Species Rights Changes to pops: species rights/obligations, new degrees of slavery and purging, refugees, core worlds and more. 2017-01-19
5 Habitats Your new home above your home 2017-01-26
6 Megastructures Megastructures: the headline feature of the Utopia expansion. 2017-02-02
7 Psionics and The Shroud Psionic Ascension Path 2017-02-09
8 Indoctrination, Unrest and Faction Interactions Wiz goes into details on indoctrinating pre-FTL species, new unrest system for factions and ways to interact with them 2017-02-16
9 Government, Civics and Hive Minds Banks focus on internal politics warrants a government rework 2017-02-23
10 Synthetic and Biological Ascension A closer look at ascension paths 2017-03-02
11 Minor Features and Tweaks Empire-wide Food, Terraforming Candidate anomaly, War Demand cost reducing, UI improvements 2017-03-09
12 The Music of Utopia Andreas Waldetoft composed some new music 2017-03-16
13 Graphics & Interface in Banks Changes to the map in Banks 2017-03-23


  1. Forum, Perfect Your Galactic Empire in Stellaris: Utopia, 2017-02-02
  2. Forum, Stellaris Allow You to Lead Your Species to Utopia on April 6, 2017-02-27