Official artwork for Stellaris' Ancient Relics expansion

If you're itching for even more Stellaris content, you might be interested to hear that Paradox has now announced a brand new story pack - Stellaris: Ancient Relics. The Ancient Relics expansion will allow you to delve the ruins of mysterious civilizations in pursuit of knowledge and technology, discover what exactly made the two extremely powerful precursor civilizations go extinct, as well as explore a variety of now-dead Relic Worlds.

There isn't much concrete information currently available as Paradox tends to only show their hand when the release date is nearly upon us, but here's the brief description and teaser trailer that came with the announcement. They should hopefully give you a better idea of just what Ancient Relics is trying to focus on. Have a look:

Ancient Relics: Collect and acquire valuable relics in your adventures as rewards for overcoming major crises or after completing a dig at an archaeological site and solving the chapters. Each relic gives significant benefits to your empire to aid in your interstellar escapades.

Those Who Came Before: Encounter clues about two extinct Precursor civilizations, the Baol and the Zroni, the former a sprawling hivemind of plantoids, the latter some of the most the most powerful psionics to have ever lived. Players can investigate these home systems to understand who they were and, more importantly, what one can learn from their demise.

Relic Worlds: Once filled with teeming life, these Relic Worlds now lie dead, replete with desolate ruins and dormant mysteries. Players can excavate guaranteed archeological sites on these worlds to explore these remnants and bring to light powerful relics and artifacts.

Dig In: Hit the dirt on a variety of enigmatic and alien worlds with more archeology sites available for your empire to study… or plunder. Each site begins a story with between one and six chapters to investigate. Retrace the history to discover artifacts and relics that can be boons to your empire.

Matter of Artifacts: Learning from history is much more than parables and antiques, it can often be the key to understanding one’s own place in the galaxy. Utilizing archaeological research, discover Minor Artifacts, a new resource type which can help empower one’s empire.

No release date has been announced just yet, but you can expect to see the Ancient Relics story pack to arrive in the near future. Similarly, the price tag has not yet been revealed, but given that all of the previous story packs cost €10, I think it's safe to say the Ancient Relics one will be the same.

You can learn a little bit more about Stellaris: Ancient Relics, as well as follow any further announcements, over at Steam.