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.
Recent Reviews:
Very Positive (79) - 82% of the 79 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Mostly Positive (6,503) - 76% of the 6,503 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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May 14

Galactic Civilizations III v3.7 Anniversary Update Available Today!

Galactic Civilizations III v3.7 Anniversary Update Focuses Exclusively on Fan Requests



For the game's 4th anniversary, we've focused exclusively on a top-to-bottom series of improvements based on fan requests! These improvements are major quality of life changes that improve the overall experience of Galactic Civilizations III.

v3.7 improves ship AI, multiplayer performance, memory use, pathfinding performance, pacing, and the empire management UI, as well as addresses a host of minor bugs. It's available now as a free download for owners of the base game.

https://store.steampowered.com/app/226860













See the full changelog here: https://steamcommunity.com/app/226860/discussions/1/1679190184061949039/


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May 7

Quality of Life improvements for GalCiv



We are putting the final touches on Galactic Civilizations III v3.7.

When we first announced the Retribution expansion pack (which if you don't have, we highly recommend you get) there were fans who really wanted to emphasize that there were a lot of quality of life features they wanted in the game (UI and gameplay balancing).

Version 3.7 is the first of a series of updates that really focuses on these elements.

Here are a few of the things we're focusing on here:

  • Better late game AI. We are pretty happy with the AI in GalCiv III at this stage. But the late game AI sometimes struggles with its planets late game. As the # of choices for improving colonies increases, the harder the time the AI has between deciding when to "wait" to build something versus building something, destroying it and replacing it with something else. This isn't an exciting improvement and won't be noticed by most but we hope you guys can appreciate the necessity of improving this area.
  • For Retribution players, we intentionally wiped out a lot of technologies that we felt were either too beneficial to a given race given their other advantages (synthetic races) or removed because they were just kind of speed bumps. We are slowly going through the techs and will be adding some back with some changes as we get more feedback from the community.
  • The Synthetics got excessively nerfed in recent updates and we're backtracking on some of that. Robots are still pretty powerful but we probably went too far in removing some of their colonization abilities. This has been restored.

After 3.7, we're moving straight on to v3.8 and this version is very much about UX. This benefits both existing players and new players. For new players, it makes the game more approachable. For existing players, it just makes it easier to manage your empire.

Welcoming back Sarah. So some of you long-time GalCiv players know our senior developer Sarah. She was out on leave for awhile and one of the big reasons we're making so much rapid progress is she's back. Some of you may also know her from Ashes of the Singularity where she developed the strategic zoom display for that game (designed and programmed).

So please give Sarah a big Welcome back hello! :)

Cheers!

-brad
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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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