Build a civilization that will stand the test of time in the largest space-based strategy game ever! Choose from dozens of unique races and make a name for yourself across the galaxy through diplomacy, espionage, technological advances, and more.
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Very Positive (31) - 83% of the 31 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Positive (6,354) - 76% of the 6,354 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
May 14, 2015

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Includes 3 items: Galactic Civilizations III, Galactic Civilizations III - Mega Events DLC, Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade Expansion Pack

 

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March 14

Massive v3.6 Community Update for Galactic Civilizations III is Here!

Improved custom ship mod compatibility, commonwealth world adjustments, and more!

Galactic Civilizations III v3.6 Community Update improves custom ship mod compatibility, adjusts commonwealth worlds, and more

We're launching a version update today that addresses the most important feedback we get: YOURS. We've addressed several community reported issues in our continuing effort to bring you the best GalCiv game possible. We put balance and bug fix work into both the base game and the Retribution expansion with this update. Some of the biggest changes we made include:

  • Merging fleets no longer renames them
  • Custom ships work better with mods
  • Artificial life forms can no longer build farms because robots don't eat food
  • Your commonwealth worlds can no longer flip worlds in your empire (because that was treason!)

See the huge changelog below!




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v3.6 Changelog Notes

Gameplay
  • Nerfed "Lossless Life Support" module
  • Fixed typos in "Lossless Mining" module descriptions
  • Updated Tourism bonus for the "Popular Race" trait to be flat 1 and 2% instead of multipliers of 10 and 20%
  • Updated united planet tourism board to be flat with a 10% bonus (was multiplier of 100% which was crazy)
  • Colonizing the Promethion Refinery precursor world now grants 5 Promethion
  • Set "Virtual Vacation" to be a player wonder
  • Changed "Influence Per Turn" from multiplier to flat on the Galactic Showcase
  • Fixed mismatch of description and text in the "Antimatter Weapon Colonizing" event
  • Tweaked pathfinding so that it doesn't attempt to find a path to the node closest to a blocked destination if the start tile is already the closest node
  • Silicon-based life can terraform and colonize high level extreme worlds
  • Removed farms for Synthetic lifeforms and enabled terraforming improvements and high end extreme world techs
  • Fixed "Orphaned Improvements" and techs in the Retribution tech tree
  • Fixed issue with Iridium tech tree failing on "Tariff Focus" specialization

UI
  • Changed it so that when you merge a fleet, it will keep a custom name for the resulting fleet. If both fleets being merged have custom names, it keeps the fleet name of the bigger fleet.
  • Adjusted "Economic Warning" flavor text to fit with new conversation popup font size.
  • Fixed typo in "Precursor Research Node" description.
  • Improved the text alignment on the UP Resolutions window

Bugs
  • Fixed custom ship style sets having the wrong strategic icons. Players will have to re-save their ship style sets (and change the effect ships classes to what they want along with their text, since that is info that is saved off). Prevents players from having to remake the ship style sets and only deal with what was changed
  • You can no longer assign commanders to planets
  • Ships with "one per player" components can upgrade to ships with the same components
  • Cleaned up code that clears/applies rebellion status to prevent edge cases where planets can flip when they shouldn't (like when the tile is owned by a commonwealth of the planet owner)
  • Addressed a MP crash related to mismatched DLC
  • Fixed mismatched strategic icons on some ship classes
  • Fixed typos in "Plasma Arc" event

Mod fixes
  • Ships created with mods now show up correctly
  • Prevents crash if a tech unlocks more than 12 things at once (modders -- you know who you are!)

Retribution
  • Fixed issue where Hypergates didn't fire any shots during battle because they didn't have range
  • Changed the Hyperlane tool tip to account for the minimum move cost, so it will now show the max bonus as 900% instead of +-100%
  • Removed extra space in the Korath faction description
  • Added "lossless life support" back into the Retribution tech tree
  • Updated Thalan conversation text to reflect that they bring in multiple ships now in mission 4
  • Add basic Block Hulls to Korath Ship style
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February 21

The Galactic Civilizations III: Retribution Expansion is Now Available!

The expansion includes Hypergates, Precursor Artifacts, New Civilizations, and more.

Check out the release trailer here: https://youtu.be/rMWaAmCe-NU
Save 10%* on Retribution and 70%** on the Base Game!



Galactic Civilizations III: Retribution adds Hypergates, Precursor Artifacts, new major civilizations, and much more.

Across the galaxy, you and your rivals are discovering ancient alien artifacts that grant powerful new capabilities. Meanwhile, as civilizations try to carefully balance building an economy, funding an ever growing war machine, and engaging in diplomacy, the humans of Sol III have invented a game-changing new technology - Hypergates - which, when connected, allow for rapid transit across the galaxy.



With two new major civilizations and the concluding campaign to the Galactic Civilizations III backstory that serves this massive space 4X sandbox game, Retribution asks the question: How will you rule your galaxy?





The new features in Galactic Civilizations III: Retribution include:
  • Artifacts - Powerful items buried on planets across the galaxy will give your civilization instant-access to new abilities.
  • Hypergates - Construct powerful gateways that, when linked, allow your fleets to travel rapidly across hyperspace.
  • Major Civilizations: Drath and Korath - The manipulative Drath pull the strings across the galaxy while the Korath rely on extermination. Each has its own set of special abilities, bonuses, and ship parts.
  • Supply Ships - Supply ships can be constructed to deliver goods and services to your other planets to aid in their development.
  • New Technology Tree - A top to bottom overhaul of the technology tree adds depth and sharpens the strategic choices in your research options.
  • Retribution Campaign -The malevolent Drengin Empire made a terrible mistake underestimating humanity’s strength, and the climactic battle that will follow may end in their extinction.








*Sale ends 2/27/19 at 1PM EST. Steam and Galactic Civilizations III is required to play this expansion.
**Sale ends 2/23/19 at 1PM EST on Steam and 2/27/19 at 1PM EST direct from Stardock. Steam required to play.
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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

What if one day, humans woke up to find that they weren’t alone in the galaxy? They make their way into space and discover other alien civilizations with their own histories and motivations looking to make a name for themselves. Choose your race - Human, Drengin, Altarian, and so many more - and lead your civilization into a golden age in one of the largest 4X strategy games ever made!

Research new technology, design starships, and colonize new worlds as you face threats and conquer challenges from new and mysterious sources. Negotiate trade and treaties, wage wars, spy on your enemies, and promote outstanding citizens. 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.

Galactic Civilizations III now bundles in the Crusade expansion and Mega Events add-on content for an even greater gameplay experience! Join the ranks of galactic leaders today, and answer the question: how will you rule your galaxy?

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:

BASE GAME
  • The ultimate sandbox experience: 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.

CRUSADE
  • Civilization Builder: Create a custom faction complete with leader, ideology, and abilities. Customize your own galactic navy and create unique dialogue for your faction.
  • Invasions: Train your citizens to be soldiers and invade enemy worlds. Carefully plan your attacks, and don’t forget to leave your homeworld defended, too!
  • Espionage: Spies can steal technologies, circulate rumors to create civil unrest, sabotage enemy worlds, or even go so far as to assassinate enemy citizens.
  • Galactic Citizens: Shape the course of your civilization’s destiny with talented individuals called citizens. Choose from over a dozen unique roles - commander, engineer, farmer, celebrity, and more.

MEGA EVENTS
  • Complex Decisions: Use skill and strategy to overcome unexpected challenges
  • Galaxy-wide Events: Deal with issues on a galactic scale
  • Guide your Civilization: Comfort your people through assassinations of beloved leaders, choose how to handle the discovery of a mysterious alien artifact, face down the Dread Lords, and more.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • 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:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • 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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