Galactic Civilizations III

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Never the same game twice, Galactic Civilizations III is the largest strategy sandbox ever made. 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.


  • Never the same game twice: Play in the ultimate sandbox where 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.
  • Story-based campaign: Get brought up to date on the 20-year story arc behind the rise of humanity in the 23rd century.
  • 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: For the first time, Galactic Civilizations is a multiplayer game with full support for custom civilizations, saved multiplayer games, and much more.
  • New Battle System: Assign your ships specific roles to play in combat. You can now view fleet battles in a cinematic style to see your designs in action.
  • New Colony Manager: The location of a planetary improvement now matters. Adjacency bonuses and planetary resources make a major impact on what a planet is strong (or weak) at accomplishing.
  • 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.

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Galactic Civilizations III 5th Anniversary Update and Worlds in Crisis DLC are Now Available Experience new world crises, planet types and traits, plus visual and balance improvements with v4.0 Every world has a story, and it’s up to you to decide how it ends. In Worlds in Crisis, you will encounter a host of new world events with ideological choices that you will have to resolve. Several new planet types and over a dozen new planet features also await ...


Galactic Civilizations III: Worlds in Crisis and Major v4.0 Update Announced Experience new world crises, planet types and traits, plus visual and balance improvements with v4.0 {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5819003/434bf29c51039000818ed11c8f9f6fc2395ef4a0.png GalCiv III - Worlds in Crisis DLC Stardock announced the new Worlds in Crisis DLC and free v4.0 update for its massive space sandbox 4X strategy game, Galactic Civilizations III today. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5819003/555e27afc4864e26521e99d30e94914684aaf2...


We are on the road to v4.0. It's hard to believe that GalCiv III was released nearly five years ago. We've made a lot of changes since then. Version 4.0 is being designed to bring a ton of new features, we won't go over all the changes here but instead will take you on a bit of a guided tour. Most of the changes are for users of Retribution which is the latest expansion. If you don't have that, I highly recommend getting it. Turn 1 On your first turn you're going to likely notice some subtle but...


I found a magic planet. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/5819003/dec5a454ce817ca49f6709cf8fb17c2c0eade90e.png It’s not that it is a class 20 planet – it only started as a class 14 and I’ve upgraded it since. It is that it had 6 fertile tiles with 5 of them ready to have something amazing placed in the middle. In this case, Kimberly’s Refuge. Combined with the planet being a fertile world the result is that this one planet produces 34 food. Of course, having the time to build this up required relative peace to...




  • 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


  • 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
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 15 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
Luke Hogan
Luke Hogan
Awesome game! This is the game I've been waiting patiently for since Master Of Orion 2 years ago. Arguably the best 4x turn based strategy game on the market ... and Stardock is still supporting it (releasing patches and dlc for it). Be sure to pick up all of the DLC when it's on sale as this really makes critical improvements to make this game amazing. I'm currently in the middle of playing GalCiv3 and I think I'll still be playing it for years to come!
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