Galactic Civilizations III Enters Beta. Available on Steam Early Access.
As Galactic Civilizations III marches toward it’s 2015 release, players who want to get in on the action now can do so through Steam Early Access. Early access is going to run you $44.99, which is $5 cheaper than it was before. One important thing to note is that Galactic Civilizations III is only available for 64-bit Windows PCs. For those who don’t know much about Galactic Civilizations, here is a bit about it from the press release:
Galactic Civilizations III, available only for 64-bit Windows PCs, puts players in charge of one of several fantastical sci-fi races (including 23rd-century humans) about to begin interstellar colonization. Spreading your empire throughout the galaxy, unlocking the secrets of creation through radical scientific research, and building massive fleets of starships to defend your way of life is only the beginning.
As the age of expansion ends and the age of war dawns, you must navigate the waves of conflict crashing through the galaxy. Diplomatic channels may secure your borders, cultural imperialism might expand them peacefully, or you could do things the old-fashioned way through military conquest. Finally, the age of transcendence brings the struggle for galactic dominance to a fever pitch as mighty empires bring titanic forces to bear in the race for final victory.
So far the 4X strategy game seems massive, and for the first time there will be online multiplayer to help fill that space with friends and enemies. There is an extensive ship editor which will allow you to design new ships, but I’m curious as to how impractical you can get with your designs. The video below shows the beta in action. We are in the beta, so if you’re waiting to hear if it’s worth it or not, stay tuned.