Galactic Civilizations III is free on Epic Games Store

Galactic Civilizations III is the next game to be given away on the Epic Games Store, following on from Gods Will Fall which was free the previous week. Galactic Civilizations III fully released in May 2015, marking a return for the 4x turn based strategy series which had not seen a mainline entry since 2006’s Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords. The game did have an early access phase through 2014 where players could give feedback to developers Stardock. However, Galactic Civilizations III was also one of the free Epic Games Store giveaways this time last year, when it was added to the store.


Galactic Civilizations III can be claimed for free here. The game will be available until 4PM GMT January 20th, and its features are listed below.

  • The ultimate sandbox experience: 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.
  • Massive technology tree: Research a technology tree with immense breadth and depth. Each playable faction has their own unique specializations.
  • Faction & Ship Customization: Create a civilization with its own look, ships, technologies, and even options for how the AI will use them.
  • A deep economy: Every world is unique with many different resources that can change the course of your strategy each game.
  • 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.
  • Artifacts: Powerful items buried on planets across the galaxy will give your civilization instant-access to new abilities.
  • Hypergates: Construct powerful gateways that, when linked, allow your fleets to travel even faster across hyperspace.
  • Espionage: Spies can steal technologies, circulate rumors to create civil unrest, sabotage enemy worlds, or even go so far as to assassinate enemy citizens.
  • Galactic Citizens: Shape the course of your civilization’s destiny with talented individuals called citizens. Choose from over a dozen unique roles – commander, engineer, farmer, celebrity, and more.
  • Galaxy-wide Events: Deal with issues on a galactic scale

This giveaway could be a precursor to more information about Galactic Civilizations IV, which is currently in early access.

Source: Epic Games Store

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