Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: 4X

Galactic Civilizations III enters beta, joins Steam Early Access

Galactic Civilizations 3 (PC) Beta Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Galactic Civilizations III has officially entered beta. As it makes the transition to a new phase of development, Stardock has decided to launch the game on Steam as part of its Early Access program while also lowering the price by five bucks to $44.99. The version available now features sandbox mode and online multiplayer, a first for the series, while diplomacy, revamped ship combat, and trade are planned to go live “in the coming months.” A few of the improvements since the alpha include enhancements to the ship designer and the shipyard being moved off-world to allow for colonies to pool resources.

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Pandora to get new race, embrace espionage in Eclipse of Nashira

Pandora First Contact (PC) Eclipse of Nashira Announcement - Header

Proxy Studios is set to expand their 4X strategy title Pandora: First Contact with a new espionage-themed add-on, Eclipse of Nashira. Scheduled to launch later this year, the expansion will add a new faction that specializes in diplomacy and intrigue, a native alien species, agent units that engage in covert warfare and information gathering, minefields, Amphibious formers to convert ocean tiles into land, and a variety of tweaks to the core gameplay.

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Fallen Enchantress – Legendary Heroes gets ‘Adversaries’ update

Fallen Enchantress (PC) Legendary Heroes July Update Announcement - Screenshot 1

Stardock has released a new update titled Adversaries for Fallen Enchantress – Legendary Heroes. Version 1.7 adds class-specific items for all hero types as well as improvements for AI (now upgrades outposts, more inclined to declare war), economy balancing (towns provide more money per turn, harbors cheaper to construct), pathfinding (fixed rive-navigation bug), and more. The full change log can be found here.

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Galactic Civilizations III now on Steam Early Access for elite founders

Galactic Civilization 3 (PC) Steam Early Access Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

The galaxy awaits a ruler, and gamers who have ponied up to pre-order the premium version of Galactic Civilizations III can begin their bid for power in the alpha version through Steam Early Access. The build is only accessible for Founder’s Elite Edition owners, which will also net them all upcoming downloadable packs and expansions. The final version of the 4X galaxy-conquering strategy title isn’t due out until next year, but for now, early adopters will be able to play against the AI and others online, try out the new ideology system, and attempt to manipulate the markets in the new economic system.

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New concept art, screenshots released from Galactic Civilizations III

Galactic Civilization 3 (PC) November Screens and Art - Screenshot 1

The first round of screenshots as well as additional concept art from Stardock’s upcoming 4X strategy title Galactic Civilizations III have been revealed. The upcoming entry will be exclusive to 64-bit PCs and add, among other modes and features, an overhauled ship builder, new resource systems, and a new race, the Iridium. The quad-eyed newcomers, and their various forms, are pictured in the art below.

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(PC Review) Fallen Enchantress – Legendary Heroes

(PC Review) Fallen Enchantress – Legendary Heroes

“… a good game that is a patch away from being a great one.”

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Endless Space: Disharmony launching this summer

Iceberg Interactive has announced the first for-pay downloadable pack for Free Space, Disharmony. The $9.99 drop, scheduled to launch on Steam this summer, will introduce a new faction known as The Harmony, as well as new craft (fighters and bombers), new battle formations, a new targeting system, a redesigned weapon system, four new heroes, improved AI, and more. The full list of additions and changes is available below.

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Legends of Pegasus’ Arthrox revealed in new screenshots

Legends of Pegasus (PC) Arthrox Alien Race Announcement - Screenshot 1

Kalypso has released a batch of new screenshots for Novacore Studios’ upcoming 4X strategy title, Legends of Pegasus. The latest images reveal one of the game’s three playable races, the Arthrox, including their ships in action, the colonization interface, and the ship-design interface.

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Endless Space nearing end of beta, prepping for July release

Endless Space (PC) Release Date Announcement - Screenshot 1

Amplitude Studios’ Endless Space is nearing the end of its beta run and gearing up for full launch. Publisher Iceberg Interactive has sent word that the final version will go live on July 4 on Steam and other download outlets for $29.99.

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(PC Preview) Endless Space

(PC Preview) Endless Space

We report from the frontiers of space on Amplitude Studios’ debut title, an ambitious 4X strategy title out to recapture some of that classic turn-based magic.

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