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Galactic Civilizations III

Galactic Civilizations III is a 4X space strategy game set in the 23rd century. Humans and aliens compete against each other for domination of the Milky Way galaxy. It was released on 14 May 2015.


Players begin with only their home planet and must research new technologies, explore the galaxy, and colonize new worlds. All the while, players engage in diplomatic intrigue with other races and will likely be drawn into (or start) wars of both survival and expansion.


The Sandbox

Galactic Civilizations III is an open-ended 4X space strategy game that features a robust sandbox mode. The player selects who they want to play as, who they want to play against, the size and configuration of their galaxy, what conditions constitute a victory, and are then set loose along with their clever AI foes on an unsuspecting galaxy.

The Campaign

Galactic Civilizations III will come with a story-driven campaign that introduces players to the game’s setting. In the first campaign for Galactic Civilizations III, the player commands a powerful Terran armada that has just returned from a pocket universe to discover that the Drengin Empire is now firmly in control of the galaxy. It is up to the player to liberate the galaxy from Drengin oppression.

The Sandbox

Multiplayer For the first time in the Galactic Civilizations franchise, players can compete against each other over the Internet.

Exploring A Galaxy

Players typically start with a single colony, a colony ship, and a survey ship. They must explore the galaxy to find inhabitable planets. Technological research allows players to colonize the more extreme environments found across the galaxy.

Researching Technology

Each civilization has their own technology tree that provides unique ship equipment, planetary improvements, weapons, defenses, terraforming, sensors, and more.


Players can negotiate treaties, trade goods and technology, and scheme against common enemies. Diplomacy has always been a key part of the Galactic Civilizations series and Galactic Civilizations III takes this much further.

Colony Management

Players build colonies on alien worlds in an effort to develop their economic and strategic potential. Constructing facilities carefully to take advantage of powerful resource and adjacency bonuses makes colony development a mini-game on its own.

Galactic Resources

New to Galactic Civilizations III are galactic resources that unlock incredible weapons and fantastical colony improvements like pleasure domes and planetary shields when captured and mined. These add another layer of interest to the strategic map.

Important Pages

How to Play

Game Mechanics