Amplitude Studios knows how to do DLC right. The Paris-based folks have released the third free DLC for space-based 4x Strategy Endless Space, Lights of Polaris.
The new add-on will bring new Steam Achievements, Steam Cloud, and what they refer to as “Holiday Specials and various other exciting features.” Don’t worry. They don’t leave us guessing. The “Holiday Special” includes the new Polaris Factory Wonder and the new Oros Gec Faction Hero. Remember that “wonders” were created by the last DLC, creating random encounters with ancient artifacts and events.
There is also new lore to go along with it, which goes like this:
“There is a strange stillness in the galaxy, a hushed moment when denizens of the many worlds seem to be taking a breath. Perhaps they are preparing themselves for the next phase of work or war, perhaps they are simply relaxing after long toil. In this interlude of unexpected peace, somewhere, far in the northern hemisphere of a great arctic planet, beneath the cold snow and the wailing winds, explorers have made a discovery. Rumbling forever below the glaciers, an old installation of the Endless, still tended by descendants of the original workers, churns tirelessly throughout the frozen nights. Raw materials are collected, goods are produced and packaged, and an endless stream of boxes disappear into ships, portals, and sleds for distribution. What is this unceasing travail? What is the purpose of these strange, colorful, impractical objects that they build? Should you be curious, you must look to Mr Erram Zen Eerbee for an answer. There is an ancient secret there from before the time of space travel; a secret that is hidden behind the twinkle in his eyes…”
It also has a “No Pirates” option, which can turn off those pesky invaders, better AI for battle actions, selectable battle actions when you put it in auto, and a few others.