Stellaris: Synthetic Dawn
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Developer: Paradox Development Studio
Publisher: Paradox Interactive
Genres: Simulation, Strategy
Play Stellaris as a customized robotic civilization, complete a series of robotic portraits for science robots, worker robots, and more
AI, eh? Aye!:
Follow new event chains and story features to lead your robot race to greatness as an intergalactic AI empire; pursue mechanical perfection in the stars
Rise of the Machines:
Oppressed synths may rebel against their masters and form new empires -- or you may even discover a fallen synthetic civilization deep in space
New synthetic race portraits, and expanded voice packs for VIR
Stellaris: Synthetic Dawn Story Pack - Launch Trailer "Rise of the synthetics"
Stellaris: Synthetic Dawn - Feature Breakdown
Stellaris: Synthetic Dawn Story Pack - Announcement Trailer
In the end, Synthetic Dawn adds a good amount of content onto the core Stellaris game for a reasonably small investment. It doesn't do everything perfectly and could use some mid-campaign meat, but the machine races certainly set themselves apart from their organic counterparts in a grand slew of ways that are fun to interact with and play.
For players wanting to act as machines, it is going to be a fun expansion, but the amount of content is very thin. The lack of cities and ships for the machine empire comes off as cheap, and the entire race feels like a re-kin of hive mind mechanics. Those looking for something new or substantial will not find it here. Sure, those who love Stellaris to death will surely find something in Synthetic Dawn, but wayward fans will not find redemption in this expansion.