Stellaris: Leviathans official artwork

If you were hoping to get even more gameplay out of Stellaris, Paradox's 4X strategy game, you're in luck as the Leviathans expansion is set to arrive next week - October 20 to be specific. It will bring with it powerful space entities known as Guardians, independent outposts of traders and mercenaries, and just for good measure, two ancient empires that are continuously locked in warfare!

Even though it might not be Halloween just yet, the announcement trailer for the Leviathans expansion is quite spooky indeed. Have a look, its rather well made... so much so that I would love to watch a movie with this concept alone:

As is tradition with Paradox and their expansions/DLCs, there is bugger all information available right now! So rather than leave you with nothing, here's the brief blurb that came with the announcement message. Its not much, but it'll hopefully give you an idea of what Leviathans is all about:

Space is lovely, dark and deep, but it has secrets it wants to keep. Rich systems defended by fierce creatures, hostile pockets of resistance to your civilization, and the sleeping giants of the universe – the Fallen Empires who may yet be stirred from their centuries long indolence.

In Stellaris: Leviathans, the galaxy will be filled anew with adventure and challenge as your new and naïve space-faring empire comes face-to-face and ship-to-ship with a host of dangers and rewards:

 Guardians: Powerful space entities with mysterious origins and motives. Fight or investigate them to unlock technologies and gain access to great treasures.

 Enclaves: Independent outposts of traders or mercenaries who are willing to make a deal. Exchange resources or hire a small fleet to supplement your own.

 War In Heaven: Where will your fledgling empire lie if two ancient Fallen Empires decide to renew old grievances in a War in Heaven?  Will you err on the side of caution and take a side with the stronger power, or will you strike at both whilst they are occupied with their own titanic struggle?

Steallaris: Leviathans will be arriving on October 20 at a $10/€10 price tag, and just in case you aren't terrified of space-serpents, here's one more screenshot to send you off:

Stellaris: Leviathan's rather scary Guardian