In the 23rd century the human race has taken to the stars. From your beginnings on Earth, build a civilization that can stand the test of time in the largest space-based strategy game of all time. Join the adventure!
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Mixed (95) - 66% of the 95 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Positive (5,540) - 76% of the 5,540 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
May 14, 2015

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October 12

v2.6 Update is Now Available for Galactic Civilizations III and Crusade!

v2.6 Improves Trade Routes, Colony Events, Game Balance, and More!

https://youtu.be/70CfaaV5hCE

Crusade Expansion-Only Updates:

Ideology Adjustment
Malevolence is fun! At least, that's what they keep telling us. We've reworked the Malevolent Ideology tree in Crusade to give a general bonus in negotiations rather than focusing on minors.

Starting Citizen
One is the loneliest number, so let's give you a friend! All of your new games will now start with a citizen so you can put them to work right away managing your economy, spying on enemies, or whatever else it is you coerce your friends into doing for you.

New Starship Mission
You'd better "be-leaf" it: a new mission to harvest Aurorus Trees is now available for you to take! You can use what you gather from them to fuel improvements or promotions for your citizens.







Galactic Civilizations III (Base Game) & Crusade Updates:

Colonization Events: Many of the colonization events are receiving updates to make the "evil" choice more profitable than before. We want to make sure that the urge to be malevolent isn't suppressed by players wanting to make sure they get the better benefits through benevolence or pragmatism. Now there's equal opportunity for all!

Trade Routes: We've decreased the amount of money you get from trade routes, but we've also substantially increased the number of trade routes that you can have. This makes trading empires a lot more interesting and lets you branch out even further into the galaxy.

Multiplayer: Custom factions are now available in multiplayer games! Until now, you've only been able to play with pre-made civilizations - now your personal creations can conquer the galaxy and take out your friends.

Mercenaries: The mercenary ships that you can hire from the Galactic Bazaar have been updated in order to align them better with recent economy updates.

Polish: Every time we play, we find something to improve. We've been working closely with our community to identify bugs and problems, so there are lots of "quality of life" improvements in this update.

The v2.6 update is ready and waiting for you in your Steam client!

www.galciv3.com | www.galciv3.com/crusade

For a detailed list of updates, view the changelog here.
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September 12

Enormous v2.5 Update for Galactic Civilizations III and Crusade Expansion Releases Today

Enjoy Vast Improvements with this Major Engine Update for Galactic Civilizations III and Crusade!

For a detailed list of updates, view the changelog at the bottom of this post and check out the two part dev journals (Part 1 and Part 2) from CEO Brad Wardell.


Major engine update to the base game and Crusade expansion

Improved UI
The AI is now stronger, better, smarter, faster! It is now especially adept at fleet building and management.

Better Game Balance
Player feedback is the cornerstone of many of our updates. In an effort to continue to make the game more fun, we've re-balanced how population works, adjusted the costs of improvements, improved some ship components, and more.

Faster Turn Times
For players who love enormous maps with lots of action, the sheer amount of ships on the screen and in the game could cause some major wait-time on turns. We've made adjustments so that the turn times are faster, even when the galaxy is crowded with lots of ships.

Increased Performance
As we continue to work on our engine, frame rate and memory useage should improve. We want to make sure that the game runs smoothly for everyone and have made lots of efforts toward that.


Featured updates to the base game

UI Adjustments
To make the game easier to navigate, Crusade's summary tab has been added on the right (but sorry, you still don't get citizens!). The tech tree, planet screens, ship screens, and govern screens have been adjusted for a better experience as well. To top it all off, we've added the "word on the street" feature from Crusade so that you can keep tabs on how your people are feeling!

Performance Enhancements
Something that doesn't show well in screen captures is performance. We moved over the AI system in the base game to a core-neutral engine, like what we've done with Crusade.

Economic Changes
Galactic resources now accumulate in the base game, just like they do in Crusade! We think this makes for a better experience overall.

AI Improvements
We've done a lot to the AI in order to improve it for the base game. The most noteable change is the Diplomacy system - we've ported over what's in Crusade to help the AI factions make more informed decisions about trade offers. We've also included the trade bar! In addition, trades, planetary management, and other AI improvements that we made in Crusade have been ported over into the base game.


New UI


Updated Economic System


Improved AI Fleet Management

Additional screenshots:
Updated Diplomacy System
Improved Map Generator

Don't have Galactic Civilizations III? Get it now on Steam or at Stardock.

Owners, the v2.5 update is ready and waiting for you in your Steam client. If you haven't already joined the Crusade, the expansion is available on Steam or at Stardock.


www.galciv3.com | www.galciv3.com/crusade

See the full changelog on the Steam forums here.
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Reviews

“The new gold standard in 4X space strategy”
9/10 – GameWatcher

“Such a wealth of victory conditions and customization options that the experience feels new with every playthrough.”
8.6/10 – IGN

“A mix of familiar mechanics and new ideas that can keep both fans and newcomers occupied for a frighteningly long period of time.”
9/10 – Softpedia

About This Game

The human race has finally mastered faster-than-light travel opening up the stars for exploration and colonization. As the leader of the newly formed Terran Alliance, you will guide humanity's expansion into becoming a space-based civilization. Soon, you will discover that we are not alone. Alien civilizations with their own histories and motivations are expanding as well. Research new technology, design starships, negotiate trade and treaties, wage wars, colonize new worlds, construct starbases in the largest 4X strategy game ever made. And when you've finished that, play again as one of the many included alien civilizations each with its own history, technology tree, ship components and more.

NEVER THE SAME GAME TWICE


Each new game offers an array of options as you set it up - choose your map size, abundance of planets and resources, frequency of events, and more for a unique play experience every time. Galactic Civilizations III also removes linear victory conditions and offers you multiple objectives that you can choose to pursue in order to win, such as military conquest, cultural domination, technological ascension, or political alliances. The new multiplayer capabilities also allow you to expand your challenges and fights beyond an AI in order to face off against fellow players. All of this, topped with a rich and in-depth custom ship designer ensure an immersive and exciting experience as you decide how to rule your galaxy.

CORE FEATURES:

  • Never the same game twice: Play in the ultimate sandbox where each game has a unique map, worlds, and challenges to face -- all on a massive scale. Play against 16 to 100 opponents.
  • Multiple paths to victory: Win through military conquest, cultural domination, technological ascension, or political alliance.
  • Create your own history: Each sandbox game lets you create a new future history for your civilization.
  • Story-based campaign: Learn the ancient histories of the alien civilizations and one possible future for the human race.
  • Massive technology tree: Research a technology tree with immense breadth and depth. Each playable faction has their own unique specializations. Your choice determines how you play and win.
  • Faction & Ship Customization: Create a civilization with its own look, ships, technologies, and even options for how the AI will use them.
  • Multiplayer: Play online with friends with full support for custom civilizations, saved multiplayer games, and much more.
  • A deep economy: Every world is unique with many different resources that can change the course of your strategy each game.
  • Planetary Governors: Utilize individual planetary leaders to govern your worlds, deciding what improvements to build and when, which leaves you to focus on larger strategic goals.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: 64-bit Windows 10 / 8.x / 7
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo / AMD K10 Dual-Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB DirectX 10.1 Video Card (AMD Radeon HD5x00 Series / Nvidia GeForce 500 Series / Intel HD 4000 or later)
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 12 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
    Recommended:
    • OS: 64-bit Windows 10 / 8.x / 7
    • Processor: 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5 Processor or Equivalent
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1 GB DirectX 10.1 Video Card
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 15 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
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