Years after it was unofficially announced during a facepalm-worthy PR snafu, Galactic Civilizations 3 was just officially announced by Stardock. The long awaited sequel to the 4X strategy series will be exclusive to 64-bit PCs. Don't let the trailer above confuse you, the game is still a turn-based strategy game with more under the interstellar cruiser hood.
"The move to 64-bit architecture heralds a new era of game development at Stardock," said Stardock VP Derek Paxton. "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."
Paxton also told us, "We will get playable alphas out early so we can get player feedback. We've always been big on community support."
The game still has no launch window, but Stardock is granting early beta access to the game when that becomes available through a $39.99 Founder's Edition ($10 off the final price). For big spenders, there's also a $99.99 Founder's Elite Edition, which gives intergalactic empire builders "all future DLC and expansions for free, alpha access, their name in the game's credits, and the right to name a star to appear in-game." Any name? Snurfy Boondoggle Xeta, it is!