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Galactic Civilizations 3 coming to 64-bit PCs from Stardock

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

The third entry in Stardock's Galactic Civilizations series of 4X space strategy games is coming exclusively to 64-bit PCs, the company announced today, heralding "a new era of game development at Stardock," according to a release.

Galactic Civilizations 3 promises a host of new features, including online multiplayer, a new diplomacy system that opens non-military paths to victory and "vastly improved" visuals.

"The technology allows players to experience a level of graphical detail and on-screen activity unprecedented in large-scale strategy PC games," said Stardock Entertainment vice president Derek Paxton. "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."

Additional gameplay changes coming to Galactic Civilizations 3 include new interstellar terrain elements like black holes and an overhauled ship builder that lets players control "nearly every element of starship design."

While Stardock did not reveal a release timeframe, the developer is opening up a pre-order program through its website. Players who purchase the $39.99 "Founder's Edition" will get early beta access to the game and $10 off the normal price. A $99.99 "Founder's Elite Edition" includes all future expansions and downloadable content, access to the Gal Civ 3 alpha and the right to name an in-game star.

More details are available at the Galactic Civilizations 3 website.

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