Stellaris Aquatics pack screenshot of an aquatic civilization

If you're looking for a few more toys to play around with, you'll be happy to hear that Stellaris has now added a brand new DLC pack alongside a free update. As you would expect from the name alone, the newly added Aquatics Species Pack brings with it an assortment of new options and tools intended to help develop water-born species, and just for good measure, also a massive god-like dragon that can watch over your civilization and its growth.

You can get a bit of an idea of what all of this looks like in actual gameplay through the recently posted developer preview. Have a gander:

Besides the paid Aquatics Species Pack, Stellaris has also released the free "Herbert" Update 3.2. This one brings with it an overhaul of anomalies with a focus on making the whole system a lot more interesting by increasing both the rewards and the risks. Similarly, terraforming has gone through a variety of improvements and can now be used to fine-tune planets, though almost always by requiring you to sacrifice something in return.

You can also expect to see the Pompous Purist civic make an appearance, which is essentially a diplomatic society that is so convinced of their own superiority that they are completely unwilling to listen to anyone else. As such they will ignore all attempts at diplomacy, choosing instead to be the ones arranging every single deal because, clearly, they are the only ones that are actually competent in the entire universe. A bit of a silly premise, but certainly a fun one to mess around with!

You can read a little bit more about all of this, as well as Stellaris as a whole, over at Steam. Have fun, and I'll leave you with a brief overview of the free Herbert update: