Stellaris free to play and 75% off on Steam this weekend only

To celebrate the 4th anniversary of this sci-fi marvel, Paradox has given us the opportunity to not only save 75% on the game, but players get to enjoy it for free for this weekend on Steam.

Stellaris free to play and 75% off on Steam this weekend only

An added bonus for fans is that Paradox has released the patch for Stellaris called “the 2.7 Wells Patch”.

This new patch will include a few new aspects namely:

  • Reinvigorated fauna. The space whales and space amoebas now have their own unique habitats that will spawn more creatures as time passes.
  • You can now enjoy new graphical system effects that are sure to impress.
  • The galactic community now has a couple new aspirations to consider, namely focusing on the scarcity of biological life over synthetic or picking a stance on the treatment of space whales.
  • Federations have been brought to life with collaborative event chains bringing new stories and challenges to the gameplay.
  • New edicts have been added. Your empire will need to choose between these new edicts to focus on certain issues.
  • The space stations now come in three levels and can be upgraded from a small Orbital Habitat to an Advanced Habitat and eventually a Habitat World.

What is Stellaris?

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the storyline of Stellaris, this is a sci-fi real-time grand strategy game that is set in space beginning in the year 2200.

Players control a species in the early stages of space exploration just after the invention of FTL (Faster Than Light) spaceship technology.

The ultimate goal of the empire can range from galactic conquest, hoarding of resources and technological supremacy, to peaceful co-existence or total annihilation of all other sentient life.

The player customises the empire of their species, including ethics, civics and positive/negative traits.

This is a game where you are in control of an entire species and every aspect of their wellbeing, which is a challenge within itself. So, you will need to think your decisions through thoroughly, as each decision will have a knock-on effect, but all in all a fun and beautiful experience like no other.

Steam has four different Stellaris packages for you to choose from, ranging from the base game to the Galaxy edition, the starter pack and then the Paradox Grand strategy collection which includes five different strategy games.

So all that’s left now is for you to take it for a trial run and if you decide you love it you can buy the game and all the DLC’s at the now 75% reduced price.

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Mauritius says battle ‘won’ as all virus patients discharged

Mauritius on Wednesday declared wary victory in its first battle with coronavirus, saying it had “zero” active patients and had not documented a single new case in 17 days.

The Indian Ocean island nation initially surged ahead of other eastern African countries in terms of caseload, hitting a peak of 332 just shy of six weeks into its outbreak. Ten people died.

It imposed one of the first and strictest lockdowns in Africa, going so far as to initially shut supermarkets for 10 days, a measure that has been extended until June 1.

“Today we are at 17 days without a new case. Mauritius now has zero active cases,” Health Minister Kailesh Jagutpal said in an address on national television.

“We have won the battle thanks to the cooperation of the public, who understood that the government needed to take extreme measures, including complete confinement, and the closure of supermarkets and our borders. But we have not yet won the war. Let’s remain vigilant.” 

Mauritius: Strict lockdown measures still in place

From 15 May, a limited selection of essential stores such as bakeries, butcheries and fishmongers will be allowed to re-open, but most businesses, bars, shopping centres and markets will stay shut.

Schools will remain closed until 1 August, the island’s famed beaches will remain off limits and no more than 10 people will be allowed to attend weddings and funerals.

Independent epidemiologist Deoraj Caussy told AFP Mauritius needed to remain on alert.

“It is imperative to use random sampling and continue to test… Zero active cases does not mean that it is over and life is returning to normal.”

Meanwhile the government is busy debating two pieces of legislation, the Covid Bill and the Quarantine Bill, which will legislate aspects of the eventual lifting of the lockdown and planned return to normal of all activity from June 2.

However the laws have come under fire from unions and civil society who say they weaken individual freedoms and workers rights.

Among the changes made will be those allowing employers to fire workers with one month salary and on short notice, while another change will allow police to enter a home without a warrant.

A statement from a collective of unions in the country warned that social discontent was currently confined but “could erupt like a social volcano at any moment”.

“We still need to make sacrifices to return to a semblance of normalcy. We are counting on the understanding of the population to not let their guard down,” said Justice Minister Maneesh Gobin.

By Agence France-Presse (AFP)

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