New in Galactic Civilizations III

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Major Additions to Galactic Civilizations III[edit | edit source]

  • Massive scale: The new, 64-bit, multi-core engine increases the number of possible opponents from 16 to 128 with a similar explosion in maximum map sizes.
  • Ideology: Player actions give points towards various ideologies, which give civilizations unique abilities, planetary improvements and bonuses.
  • Multiplayer: For the first time, Galactic Civilizations is a multiplayer game with full support for custom civilizations, saved multiplayer games and much more.
  • Unique technology trees: Play as one of eight major galactic powers (or design your own), each with their own unique technology tree, ships, colony improvements and abilities.
  • New Battle System: Players can now design ships and assign them a specific combat role. When fleet battles occur, you can now view the battle in a cinematic style to see your creations in action.
  • New Colony Manager: The location of a planetary improvement now matters. Adjacency bonuses and trade resource tiles have major impacts on what a planet is strong (or weak) at accomplishing.

Detailed comparison[edit | edit source]

The following table [1] compares the notable features of the different games of the Galactic Civilization franchise, including Crusade and the rest of the expansions of Galactic Civilizations III.

Feature GalCiv OS/2 GalCiv I GalCiv II GalCiv III Notes
Cloaked ships
Ship designer
Set the morality of opponents
Crusade Through faction designer and ideology. Merged into base game.
Faction designer Crusade Limited version merged into base game.
Political parties
In some ways merged into the government mechanic.
Trade bartering
Crusade Merged into base game.
Planetary pollution
Simulated galactic economy
Crusade Merged into base game.
Combat viewing
Planet surface construction
Tactical improvement placement
Elections and governments
Commonwealths Intrigue.png
Civil wars
Fleet designer Crusade
Missions Crusade
Colony deliverables Crusade
Citizens Crusade
Fleet commander Crusade
Flavor text editor Crusade Merged into base game.
Interactive invasions Crusade
Stand-alone ship designer Crusade Merged into base game.
Play as alien race
Galactic anomalies
Galactic artifacts
Planetary artifacts
Planetary artifacts w/ chargeable powers Retribution.png
Galactic resources
Planetary resources
Only accumulate in Crusade.
Accumulating resources Crusade Merged into base game.
Galactic market Intrigue.png
Tactical ship design
Word on the Street
Crusade Merged into base game.
Strategic zoom
Space-based shipyards
Supply ships Retribution.png
Pirate hives
Asteroid mining
Black Holes/Nebulae
Hypergates Retribution.png
Hire a Mercenary Mercenaries.png