Galactic Civilizations 3 announced, pre-orders offering alpha and beta access

Stardock has announced Galactic Civilizations 3, and opened tiered pre-orders for alpha and beta access among other goodies.

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Stardock has announced Galactic Civilizations 3, the next iteration of its long-running PC strategy franchise. The announcement promises much more detailed visuals, a revised ship builder, and multiplayer.

You'll be the leader of a spacefaring civilization, looking to expand your range of influence. You'll have to gain an advantage over the other races you run into with your superior technical know-how, diplomatic savvy, or cultural advantages. Or, alternately, you could murder them all. Conquest is conquest. This third installment includes new terrain elements like black holes and "Precursor relics," a revised ship builder to give you much more control over your fleet, and a new resource system. It's also exclusive to 64-bit PCs, so no slouches.

"The move to 64-bit architecture heralds a new era of game development at Stardock," Stardock Entertainment VP Derek Paxton explained. "The technology allows players to experience a level of graphical detail and on-screen activity unprecedented in large-scale strategy PC games. 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."

Pre-orders are open at the official site, offering two packages. The "Founder's Edition" for $39.99 gives you beta access, a forum badge, and $10 off the price. The "Founder's Elite Edition" is $99.99, and also grants you alpha access, all the DLC and expansions, your name in the credits, and the ability to name a star in the universe.

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    October 15, 2013 11:00 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Galactic Civilizations 3 announced, pre-orders offering alpha and beta access.

    Stardock has announced Galactic Civilizations 3, and opened tiered pre-orders for alpha and beta access among other goodies.

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      October 15, 2013 11:15 AM

      Damn them... :)

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      October 15, 2013 11:16 AM

      get hyyyype

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      October 15, 2013 11:29 AM

      The kings of the genre are at it again! I know I'm pre ordering. Ever since gal civ2 came out, only distant worlds has come close to its greatness.

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        October 15, 2013 11:58 AM

        Were you ever able to play distant words at a reasonable framerate? It always ran like poop for me.

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          October 15, 2013 1:10 PM

          I haven't played it lately but matrix support is usually great if extremely overpriced.

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      October 15, 2013 11:33 AM

      BYE BYE LIFE!

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      October 15, 2013 11:46 AM

      Are the preorders Steam? Impulse? Other?

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        October 15, 2013 12:12 PM

        Impulse is now owned by Gamestop. I don't think Stardock has anything to do with it anymore.
        Also I think Gamestop has rebranded it "GameStop PC downloads"

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          October 15, 2013 12:56 PM

          Your right they have nothing to do with it anymore, but the phrase "Digital Download" on their website is unclear.

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            October 15, 2013 3:04 PM

            The email announcement claims that the game will be delivered via Steam.

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      October 15, 2013 12:00 PM

      So it's not even in alpha yet? Fuck...

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      October 15, 2013 12:09 PM

      Please have multiplayer. Please have multiplayer. Please have multiplayer.

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      October 15, 2013 1:17 PM

      I hope they revise the combat system too.

      I don't like the rock-paper-scissors approach.

      Also, please make the tech tree interesting!!!

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        October 15, 2013 1:31 PM

        I like the combat system. It actually makes enemy intelligence valuable.

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      October 15, 2013 3:05 PM

      No dates, even quarters/years?

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        October 15, 2013 3:16 PM

        Yeah, that's kinda disappointing. Probably means that at this point it's still more than a year till release. Most likely 2..

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      October 15, 2013 3:25 PM

      WOOO HOOO!!!

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      October 15, 2013 6:40 PM

      God damnit, I just bought Endless Space last week. Could have been a little sooner with this announcement, Stardock. :(

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      October 15, 2013 7:09 PM

      GalCiv 2 > Any Civ

      I cannot wait!

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