I have played 3 full (disastrous) games of Stellaris so far but all of them were using a custom race and galaxy generation stats. Now I want to play for achievements, and every time I go to start a new game it shows the following red text at the bottom of the screen:


It shows this text even when I'm using a default empire, or a randomized empire, and I've reset all the settings to default.

Why am I ineligible for achievements? Can anyone tell from my screenshot if there is a setting that didn't go back to default, even though I pressed that reset button?

EDIT: As pointed out in comments below, there is an answer to another question (How to connect a Stellaris account with Steam?) that also includes the info in my answer. However, the title describes a different issue (I personally scrolled past it before posting my question), so rather than mark as a duplicate I will leave this up for now in case someone else has the same confusion.

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    Possible duplicate of How to connect a Stellaris account with Steam?
    – TylerH
    Commented Mar 11, 2019 at 21:04
  • ^ That one's about Steam but the answer covers all the things required for achievements.
    – TylerH
    Commented Mar 11, 2019 at 21:05
  • The questions are nothing alike Commented Mar 11, 2019 at 21:50
  • @TylerH (and review/close voters) This question is not a duplicate. While the linked question does mention the solution for this, the two posts ask very different questions Commented Mar 11, 2019 at 23:26
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    @Wrigglenite & Wondercricket the questions are quite similar actually, it just might be a little confusing to you because there are two questions being asked in the target and neither of them are actually reflected in the title. One of the questions, the one that the (accepted) answer focuses exclusively on, covers what the requirements are for getting achievements. The answer would serve equally well as the answer to this question.
    – TylerH
    Commented Mar 12, 2019 at 0:37

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Actually, after messing around with the settings for a minute I figured out that turning on Iron Man mode enables achievements.

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    Just to mention it, it seems that you can use any settings you want with Iron Man enabled, and you can still get achievements. This makes no sense to me, but I can confirm.
    – Dpeif
    Commented Mar 10, 2019 at 18:32
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    That's pretty standard for Paradox games. The game only cares that you're not save scumming to get achievements.
    – Xander
    Commented Mar 11, 2019 at 10:16
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    I believe there are also some mods (in the PC version) that will disable achievements, but I'm not sure if that applies to the Xbox version - (I don't know if there's an option to install mods on the Xbox.)
    – Steve-O
    Commented Mar 11, 2019 at 13:56
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    Ironman is not the 'hardest' mode (as your comment indicates); it just means you can't use console commands (cheats), modify the checksum (modify the save game file), or make multiple saves to "go back" if you mess up. I earned most achievements on the default/easiest difficulty setting in my first Ironman playthrough.
    – TylerH
    Commented Mar 11, 2019 at 21:07
  • Yeah it seemed super punishing until I realized you could mod any other setting. Makes sense just unexpected.
    – Dpeif
    Commented Mar 11, 2019 at 21:15

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