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Galactic Civilizations III 1.9 Update Introduces Better Optimization, Improvements to A.I., and More

Article posted on 12/13/2016

Plymouth, MI. – December 13, 2016 - Stardock released version 1.9 for its popular space-based strategy game, Galactic Civilizations III today. Stardock’s CEO, Brad Wardell, returns to the Galactic Civilizations team for v1.9 to introduce several improvements and enhancements to the game. Better optimization, advancements to enemy A.I., new Capstone Techs, and additional balance adjustments, are among several new and updated features within v1.9.

"I’m excited to be back into the code for this game," Wardell said. "This update is just the first step toward lots of enhancements and improvements that I have planned. The team and I have been active within our player community and have been listening to their thoughts. I think they’ll be pleased with the results."

Players can also look forward to additional challenges from the AI. v1.9 introduces several new improvements to AI playstyle, including smarter fleet building, a more assertive approach to expanding, a greater focus on spreading influence, among others.

New Capstone Techs are also now available once the Age of Ascension is reached. Players will have the chance to research new techs that provide large but temporary empire-wide bonuses. These techs can be researched repeatedly and their bonuses stack.

A significant focus of the 1.9 update is speed. "I multithreaded the texture loading at the start of a game in order to improve performance," said Brad Wardell, CEO and President of Stardock. "New texture compressions for planets and ships reduces the memory usage and boosts start up times so you can get right down to conquering the galaxy."

The work on performance optimization has also allowed for the addition of more stars and planets. These new details make each galaxy feel unique and even more vast than before. Additional small updates and additions to the game, such as the ability to see stat updates on the planet immediately after building on a tile, further enhance playability and enjoyment for the player.

For a complete list of the updates in v1.9, please view the changelog here.

Galactic Civilizations III is currently available on Steam, through Stardock, or on GOG for $39.99. For more information about Galactic Civilizations III, please visit

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About Stardock: Stardock is a developer and publisher of PC games and desktop software founded in 1991 by nationally recognized technology expert Brad Wardell. Located in Plymouth, Michigan, Stardock is a powerful leader in the video gaming and software development world.  Its PC games include Sins of a Solar Empire, the critically acclaimed Galactic Civilizations series, and Ashes of the Singularity. Stardock puts the user experience first through software that enriches the Windows experience for everyone from casual computer users to highly technical professionals. Products offered by Stardock include Start8, Start10, Fences, WindowBlinds, Multiplicity, and more