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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Mixed (30) - 66% of the 30 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Positive (5,963) - 75% of the 5,963 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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Includes 9 items: Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation, Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation - Co-Op Map Pack, Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation - Juggernaut DLC, Galactic Civilizations III, Galactic Civilizations III - Builders Kit DLC, Galactic Civilizations III - Map Pack DLC, Offworld Trading Company, Offworld Trading Company - Almanac DLC, Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion®

 

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May 14

Happy Anniversary, Galactic Civilizations III!



Happy Anniversary, Galactic Civilizations III!

The story of Galactic Civilizations has been around for 24 years - can you believe that?
Yeah, neither can we. Let's reflect!


24 YEARS AGO
GalCiv - the first commercial game for IBM's OS/2.
Years ahead of its time, the game took full advantage of 32-bit memory addressing, multi-threading, and high-res graphics.

22 YEARS AGO
GalCiv II released for OS/2 in 1996.
Expanding on the success of GalCiv, it added larger maps, new starships, and updated graphics supporting 16.8 million colors.

15 YEARS AGO
GalCiv for released Windows.
The "just one more turn" feeling of gameplay found a much larger user base through digital download and traditional retail channels.

12 YEARS AGO
GalCiv II released for Windows.
It included the first ever ship builder & released 2 expansions devoted to the mystery of the Dread Lords, a cliffhanger, a decade in the making.

3 YEARS AGO
Galactic Civilizations III released.
The latest iteration of the largest space-strategy sandbox games of all time received praise from critics and is still receiving updates today.

When our CEO Brad created Galactic Civilizations from his dorm room at Western Michigan University, he had no idea that it would lay the groundwork for Stardock growing into what it is today. He was just looking for a pay to pay the bills while he went to school - he didn't expect to launch his own gaming company!

Although Stardock has made many other titles throughout the years, everything comes back to Galactic Civilizations, the thing that started it all. Let's take a look at some side-by-side screenshots and see how the game has grown and evolved.

Let's start with one of the most beloved (ok, not beloved, but definitely most recognizable!) races, the Drengin.

Brad wrote a blog post awhile back showing the progression of the Drengin race throughout the years, but let's just take a quick look at a "then" and "now" photo of Lord Kona:


Lord Kona has aged since his GalCiv I days! Must be all the pressure of guiding his people while overthrowing enemy empires and eating their leaders.

All of the classic GalCiv races have seen some upgrading throughout the years.
Take a look back at the old image below of the racial selection screen and see how far they've come:


GalCiv I << The Yor >> GalCiv III


GalCiv I << The Altarian >> GalCiv III


GalCiv I << The Arcean >> GalCiv III


GalCiv I << The Torian >> GalCiv III

Stardock has always been supportive of modding so we found a way to include tools for our players right in the game itself.

Original GalCiv may have had the map, scenario, and campaign editors, but GalCiv II pioneered
the ship builder feature. This of course made its way into its successor, GalCiv III. We're constantly in awe of our community's creations using this tool!


The Ship Builder from GalCiv II vs the Ship Builder from GalCiv III

UI, trade screens, research screens, and so much more have seen a lot of refining over the years. With every game, expansion, and DLC that we release, we've learned what our players need and have done our best to give it to them. Below are a few more screenshots of GalCiv I, II, and III.


GalCiv I Map vs GalCiv III Map


GalCiv I Research Robot vs GalCiv III Research Robot


GalCiv I Senate and Elections vs GalCiv III Senate and Elections


Thanks for celebrating 24 years of Galactic Civilizations with us!
To keep up with what Stardock's doing, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, and join us on Twitch every Tuesday at 4pm ET!




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April 11

Ruling the Galaxy Takes a Massive Leap Forward with Galactic Civilizations III: Intrigue and New v3.0

Galactic Politics and Government Have Arrived in Galactic Civilizations III: Intrigue

https://youtu.be/2YvGrQjR0NE

Galactic Civilizations III is one of the largest strategy sandboxes ever made. Start with a single world and expand across the galaxy through diplomacy, trade, cultural hegemony, or military conquest in this single-player or multiplayer 4X strategy game. Send spies to infiltrate enemy civilizations, encounter mysterious anomalies and events across space, let your citizens help lead your civilization into a golden age, and so much more.

Choose your government, lead your civilization through terrible crises, and earn the trust and faith of your people in the newest expansion, Galactic Civilizations III: Intrigue!

The free v3.0 update brings support for Intrigue’s new features while providing a richer
experience with the same unrivaled scale. View the details below.

INTRIGUE'S KEY FEATURES

Form your own government
Rule with a gentle touch - or, with an iron fist
Choose from 20 available government styles and set your civilization on a path to greatness. Each style of governing has advantages and disadvantages. You can rule democratically, but you’ll need to make sure to keep the favor of your people so you don’t lose the next election. You can also adopt an Owner Aristocracy to enslave your working class, or choose an Interstellar Plutocracy and allow your corporations to rule, and then the opinions of your people don’t matter! Of course, there’s the potential for civil unrest, but you can handle that - right?



See your people through crises
Choose your own adventure
Special events that have certain triggers throughout the course of gameplay can pop up and throw a wrench into your plans for your civilization. These events, called "Crises," are navigated through a series of choices that you make. You might have to quell a group of violent revolutionaries, or rally your forces against a massive space creature lurking at the fringes of your empire. How you decide to handle each situation will affect what events, options, opportunities, and rewards become available to you.



Establish a commonwealth
Put your colonies on a path to self-sufficiency
As your empire grows, worlds on the outskirts will want to become independent.These subject-states will do as they're told without you having to lift a finger. By granting these worlds a status of commonwealth, they will be converted into an ally with a favorable disposition and will be inclined to implement your requests on the galactic scene, as well as provide a substantial stipend back to your home civilization.



Trade on the Galactic Market
There's always a good deal at the market
Well, maybe not always, but that’s what they’ll tell you, anyway. Sell Durantium before extensive mining drives down the price, or pay a premium to get some Elerium to construct that new prototype flagship you’ve been wanting. How steep the price gets depends entirely on how much is (or isn’t) available, so buy and sell with care!



Stay informed with the Galactic News Network
In space, there is no biased reporting - that's because we've hired a robot to handle it
Check the news to monitor who's allying with who, who's declared war on each other, and many other activities that are going on across the galaxy. Keeping up with current events and galactic happenings is the best way to stay one step ahead of your opponents.



Explore exciting new content
Be prepared for anything
From famine to protests, you’ll face new events that challenge your leadership and test your people. Certain governments and crises will award you with brand new ships that can’t be obtained through any other means. Your choices determine your path and what rewards and penalties you’ll have to deal with, so choose wisely.



Galactic Civilizations III v3.0 - Top Features
  • Taxes - You can now set your tax rate on the govern screen. Increasing it will decrease your civilization's morale, but it will provide more income for things like war or infrastructure.
  • New Tutorial - The game is now more accessible for newer players! v3.0 features a brand new tutorial and a re-worked user experience, while still retaining the depth that Galactic Civilizations III is known for.
  • Tourism - Planets and starbases generate influence that will grow over time and capture a percentage of travelers that pass through the player’s area of control.
  • Farming - All planets will come with arable tiles where farms can be built in order to generate food. Food will help to grow the population, which in turn will increase production.
  • Extreme Worlds - The frequency of extreme worlds has been substantially increased. Certain species can now colonize particular worlds without tech - for example, carbon-based lifeforms can settle on a corrosive planet, but synthetic life can't.
To learn more about all of the new improvements in v3.0, view the full changelog here.








Get the newest expansion, Intrigue, today!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/747060
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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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