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Galactic Civilizations III Released!

Post by Island Dog » Tue Oct 15, 2013 1:57 pm

The wait is over! :)

http://www.galciv3.com/" target="_blank

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Winner of dozens of awards, the premiere space strategy franchise is getting an all-new sequel from original developer/publisher Stardock Entertainment. Explore enormous galaxies full of hostile aliens, possible allies, and untold riches. Conquer the stars with massive fleets of spaceships you designed from the ground up. Forge a shining empire that spreads across the entire sky, and carve your name across the face of future history before anyone else by becoming a Galactic Civilizations III founder today.
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Re: Galactic Civilizations III Announced!

Post by Jeff V » Tue Oct 15, 2013 2:04 pm

Island Dog wrote:The wait is over! :)
Q: When will Galactic Civilizations III come out?
A: We don’t expect it to be ready for release for quite a while. As of this writing (fall 2013) it is in internal alpha testing. We expect it to go into the Founder’s alpha early next year and a public beta soon to follow.
Sounds like the wait has just begun! :?

Anyway, it's good news...potentially something that can break my years-long Civ 5 infatuation. I hope there will still be a player ranking system...I played GalCiv2 a lot more than I might have otherwise thanks to this feature.

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Post by Jag » Tue Oct 15, 2013 2:18 pm

Very excited. Would love to see some game play.

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Post by Suitably Ironic Moniker » Tue Oct 15, 2013 2:48 pm

It's for 64 bit PCs only.
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Post by ibdoomed » Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:08 pm

Suitably Ironic Moniker wrote:It's for 64 bit PCs only.
And I'm buying it just to support them. I've always hated the series.

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Post by tgb » Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:53 pm

This is a pleasant surprise. In.
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Post by Kraken » Tue Oct 15, 2013 4:13 pm

Jeff V wrote:
Anyway, it's good news...potentially something that can break my years-long Civ 5 infatuation. I hope there will still be a player ranking system...I played GalCiv2 a lot more than I might have otherwise thanks to this feature.
This. I'm jonesing for a space empire game. Even played some MOO2 recently. Here's hoping they keep it true to its turn-based roots.

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Post by ColdSteel » Tue Oct 15, 2013 4:50 pm

Meh. I found the previous two games in the series pretty unsatisfying and boring overall with some bits of interesting stuff mixed in from time to time. I don't see anything mentioned in the features about tactical combat so I'll assume they're going to leave that out again, even though they have enhanced shipbuilding in there. I found the shipbuilding to be totally cosmetic in in GalCiv2 and combat in general to be horribly bleh. The same for the tech research. Frankly, given the overabundance of space 4x games lately that have failed to hit the mark, I'm not sure I want to see yet another one. Especially just another rehash of the same general gameplay with a few tweaks, prettier graphics and bigger maps. Given how bad the AI is in FE, I have some concerns about that, too.
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Not me. I'm done with that. I may buy it but it won't be until after it's out and I can see from the response in the forums if it's worth it or not.
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Post by Stuie » Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:13 pm

There were hexes in that preview. I hope that is indicative of something. :P

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Post by jztemple2 » Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:49 pm

I have to come up with an excuse to my wife to spend $100 for a game that won't be released for months :roll:. And I just picked the deluxe version of Command: Modern Air/Naval Operations from Matrix Games for just under a C note, so that doesn't help. Maybe if I let her name the star?

I see that all game updates will be released through Steam. That's better than what happened with the initial release of the first two games; a couple of times I ran into problems with the Stardock authentication scheme that drove me crazy for a while.

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Post by jztemple2 » Tue Oct 15, 2013 6:58 pm

Isgrimnur wrote:It's 11.
Thanks for the info. I guess I could have looked it up, but I wasn't sure if it was a hardware thing or a software thing.

So, are we going to have any takers from here to get the Founders edition?
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Post by IceBear » Tue Oct 15, 2013 7:08 pm

Not me... I did the founder's thing a couple of times now and by the time the actual game was released I was tired of it

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Post by DD* » Tue Oct 15, 2013 7:14 pm

ibdoomed wrote:
Suitably Ironic Moniker wrote:It's for 64 bit PCs only.
And I'm buying it just to support them. I've always hated the series.
After dealing with Stardock "customer service" I'll never spend another dime with them.
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Post by dbt1949 » Tue Oct 15, 2013 7:24 pm

I have almost 1700 hours in Civ 5. Maybe I should try something else.
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Post by Daehawk » Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:02 pm

I bought the collectors edition of both the former games in the series but I just dont have any heart for this one...or cash. the trailer is cool focusing in on the humans but I have no idea what the game play is like. But I just dont have the interest in this like I would have had years ago.
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Post by Kraken » Tue Oct 15, 2013 10:16 pm

Jeff V wrote: I hope there will still be a player ranking system...I played GalCiv2 a lot more than I might have otherwise thanks to this feature.
The Metaverse was mentioned in one of the links. It really was one of GC2's strong points.

I came within a few thousand points of knocking you out of first place.

What can I say? I really liked GC2. After playing MOO2 again, though, I am hoping GC3 will add a tactical combat option. Emphasis on "option" because tactical is tedious in huge battles.

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Post by JonathanStrange » Wed Oct 16, 2013 1:07 am

Looking forward to a new and improved version! Thank you and hope it works out well!
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Post by jztemple2 » Wed Oct 16, 2013 8:31 pm

dbt1949 wrote:I have almost 1700 hours in Civ 5. Maybe I should try something else.
Oh wow... seriously, wow :shock: .
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Post by Butterknife » Wed Oct 16, 2013 8:41 pm

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dbt1949 wrote:I have almost 1700 hours in Civ 5. Maybe I should try something else.
Oh wow... seriously, wow :shock: .
Yeah, I used to be embarrassed by how many hours I had in Civ 5, but now I know I'm a middle-weight. dbt reigns supreme!

I'm excited for GalCiv3. I'm sure it will be a good game -- that seems to be Stardock's style. Good games but not great. I'll still buy it though, I love good 4X games.

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Post by Island Dog » Mon Nov 18, 2013 4:07 pm

We have a new interactive timeline for the Galactic Civilizations universe. You can click through the timeline and learn more about the events in the GalCiv world. :)

http://galciv3.com/databanks/timeline" target="_blank

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Post by Brian » Mon Nov 18, 2013 4:47 pm

Butterknife wrote:
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dbt1949 wrote:I have almost 1700 hours in Civ 5. Maybe I should try something else.
Oh wow... seriously, wow :shock: .
Yeah, I used to be embarrassed by how many hours I had in Civ 5, but now I know I'm a middle-weight. dbt reigns supreme!
I'm not too far behind him....

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Post by dbt1949 » Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:32 pm

I'm still 300 hours a head of you. :dance:
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Post by Kraken » Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:43 pm

Steam doesn't let me download/link to that graphic. 2949 hours here.

Yeah...it's the only game I play. Looking forward to GalCiv3 for variety's sake.

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Post by Brian » Mon Nov 18, 2013 8:26 pm

Kraken wrote:2949 hours here.
dbt1949 wrote:I'm still 300 hours a head of you. :dance:
Let's not turn this into some sort of weird Isg thing. :)
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Post by Kraken » Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:54 pm

I am sure that I will rue those 2,949 hours when I'm on my deathbed, but it's not like I'm doing anything more worthwhile with my life anyway. I shudder to imagine the number of hours I've put into the entire Civ series.

I'm sure I spent at least a couple hundred hours in GalCiv2. Will #3 reach Civ levels of addictiveness? Perhaps if they hire me as a consultant. With my background in game development and my lifespan wasted on 4x games, I could give them the expert outsider's perspective that they need to transcend their design.

However, I'm awfully busy playing Civ 5. I would require at least one drum of money to set that aside.

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Post by dbt1949 » Tue Nov 19, 2013 4:51 am

And I thought I didn't have a life.
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Post by TheMix » Tue Nov 19, 2013 2:02 pm

I kind of wish Steam wouldn't show amount of time spent playing each game.

At least with World of Warcraft I can avoid typing /played to see how much of my life got sucked out of me.... :D
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Post by Island Dog » Wed Nov 20, 2013 4:35 pm

PC Gamer preview of GCIII is up. And yes, there's some screenshots. :)

http://www.pcgamer.com/previews/galacti ... -and-more/" target="_blank

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Post by Carpet_pissr » Wed Nov 20, 2013 4:50 pm

Kraken wrote:I shudder to imagine the number of hours I've put into the entire Civ series.
Thank God that can't be tracked, as I am pretty sure I would feel bad for quite a while seeing that number (Civ I through IV, total played hours).

Mercifully, I didn't buy or install Civ IV on Steam, so my hours in that aren't tracked either, and if there is a "total time played" stat somewhere in the options of the game itself, I don't even want to know about it.

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Post by Kraken » Wed Nov 20, 2013 7:52 pm

Island Dog wrote:PC Gamer preview of GCIII is up. And yes, there's some screenshots. :)

http://www.pcgamer.com/previews/galacti ... -and-more/" target="_blank
I always played zoomed all the way out where I only see 2D icons. Does anybody ever really play zoomed in? I feel kind of bad for them, spending all that time and money on pretty 3D graphics that players will rarely if ever see.

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Post by dbt1949 » Wed Nov 20, 2013 9:16 pm

Actually I'm one of those that zooms in to those purdy graphics.
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Post by Kraken » Wed Nov 20, 2013 11:37 pm

I don't know how you can even play like that. I don't mean that in a condescending way, I mean I don't understand how it's possible. To me, it's entirely a big-picture game.

Does this thread know yet whether GC3 will have tactical combat? That's the only thing I'd zoom in on.

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Post by tgb » Thu Nov 21, 2013 1:56 am

I used to play zoomed pretty far in,but would zoom out for the big picture. Zoom.
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Post by dbt1949 » Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:36 am

I don't have it like that all the time but there are times when I like to zoom it in and see the details.
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Post by Jeff V » Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:40 am

Kraken wrote:I don't know how you can even play like that. I don't mean that in a condescending way, I mean I don't understand how it's possible. To me, it's entirely a big-picture game.

Does this thread know yet whether GC3 will have tactical combat? That's the only thing I'd zoom in on.
I tend to play at a zoom level that allows me to see as much of the greater picture as possible but also with functional detail needed to play. In Civ, I only zoom in when overlapping units make it difficult to choose the one I want. I never zoom in for aesthetical purposes.

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Post by Island Dog » Thu Nov 21, 2013 2:55 pm

Some additional concept art and screenshots were added to the GC3 media section today. What do you think? :)

http://www.galciv3.com/game/media" target="_blank

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Post by jztemple2 » Thu Nov 21, 2013 3:01 pm

Island Dog wrote:Some additional concept art and screenshots were added to the GC3 media section today. What do you think? :)

http://www.galciv3.com/game/media" target="_blank
Except for the switch to hexes, it looks a lot like GalCiv2.
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