Galactic Civilizations III will offer multiplayer action, a brand-new diplomacy system, vastly improved visuals and more.
Stardock is celebrating its 20th anniversary with some pretty big news: Galactic Civilizations III is finally official. The new chapter in the 4X strategy franchise will offer a number of additions and enhancements, including new map features like black holes and Precursor relics, deeper political intrigue, a redesigned ship building system, dramatically improved graphics and online action against other players. To ensure that all the New Hotness is appropriately impressive, the game will be release exclusively for 64-bit PCs.
"The [64-bit] technology allows players to experience a level of graphical detail and on-screen activity unprecedented in large-scale strategy PC games," said Stardock Entertainment Vice President Derek Paxton. "It dramatically increases the size and scope of the maps, and opens the door for modders to add a virtually unlimited amount of new content to the game."
Stardock is offering a Galactic Civilizations III Founder's program for $39.99, $10 off the regular price, which will include beta access and a unique forum badge. True die-hards may also opt for a Founder's Elite Edition at $99.99 that offers alpha access, all future expansions and DLC releases, a mention in the credits and the right to name a star in the game.
Galactic Civilizations III doesn't have a release date yet but it does have a pretty sexy announcement trailer, which I think is a fair trade. More information about the game can be found at galciv3.com.