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Galactic Civilizations III - Heroes of Star Control: Origins DLC is now available!

Published on Monday, November 12, 2018 By redskittlesonly In Stardock Game History

Star Control: Origins aliens come to Galactic Civilizations III in exciting new DLC
New Alien Civilizations bring their own ship styles, unique race traits, diplomatic quirks, AI personalities, and more!

The Star Control Heroes DLC pack introduces four major new civilizations to Galactic Civilizations III. All of the new alien factions come equipped with a unique leader, ship, music, and traits that make each civilization look and play differently from the existing major civilizations.

Play as or against the Tywom, the lovable, needy slugs, or as the kind (but surprisingly aggressive!) aquatic Mu'Kay. You can also play as the naive-but- deceptively powerful Mowlings with their god-like protector, "Jeff," or the recently liberated and mysterious Trandals.

Galactic Civilizations III is the most popular space-based turn based strategy of all time.  Your civilization has just achieved faster-than-light travel and the galaxy awaits you.  But you are not alone and must deal with alien civilizations through diplomacy, trade, cultural hegemony, or military conquest either against the computer or against friends online. 


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Origins DLC - 10% off today!

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The Tywom
Hello, best friends!

These yellow slug-like aliens would like a hug. They’re slimy, and you don’t want to give them one, but still - it’s all they really want. The Tywom want to be friends with everyone, which makes them great diplomats, and their constant desire for approval gives them a bonus for any other factions who happen to love them.


The Mu'Kay
Greetings, Federation members!

Founders of the Federation for Allied Species, the Mu’Kay are intelligent cephalopods who live entirely in aquatic environments. Their natural intelligence makes them excellent researchers, and their polite (if occasionally condescending) manner lends itself well to diplomacy. Unless you’re a fish. Then prepare to be eaten.


The Mowlings
All hail the mighty Jeff!

The Mowlings are small, bear-like creatures who worship a mysterious deity they call Jeff. Frankly, they’re a little lost without him, so they spend their time finding new ways to worship him. The Mowlings get a special Temple of Jeff improvement (one per planet) that grants bonuses to influence and approval, and in return Jeff orbits their planets protectively.


The Free Trandals
Cast off the shackles of the Overmind!

The Free Trandals are the escaped faction of a race that has been enslaved by a malevolent AI known only as Overmind, who uses their bodies to advance its own nefarious purposes. Now, the Free Trandals work to free their brethren and rebuild their lost culture with what little they have left. Possessing a surprising capability (and healthy paranoia) for advanced technology, the Free Trandals are far from helpless both on and off the battlefield. Their warrior instincts may be long buried, but their ships, while few in number, are enormously effective against silicon and synthetic based life forms.


Additional Features in Heroes of Star Control: Origins

  • Dozens of new ship parts inspired by Star Control: Origins for building and modifying your own ships
  • Several new music tracks from Star Control: Origins
  • New faction traits
  • New ship designs, colors, and styles


Get Heroes of Star Control: Origins today!

Galactic Civilizations III

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Heroes of Star Control:
Origins DLC - 10% off today!

Also available through Stardock



v3.1 is Now Available

In addition to the release of the new DLC, v3.1 is also available today. This update adds some important AI and quality of life changes, as well as the ability for players to design their own color palettes for custom factions. With v3.1, players will be able to adjust the color scheme for the UI, maps, and ships as well.

Official v3.1 Changelog

Synthetic AI Improvements
Synthetic races are better at killing you. They also have decided that farming is neither relaxing or productive.  Synthetics have not only abandoned farming but now will burn arable land to clear it for improvements.

Custom Colors
You can now deck your custom content in style.  Design your own color palettes for custom factions, ships, the UI and maps.

Changelog Notes

AI Improvements

  • Synthetic races are better at killing you
  • Synthetic life forms will not longer try to build farms.  Instead, they'll destroy the arable tiles to make room for something more useful to them.  
  • Crusade: AI better at gaining citizens at higher difficulty levels.


  • Fertile tiles are more common.
  • Mercenaries: Avatar mercenary antimatter cost increased from 1 to 5.
  • Crusade:
    • Prolific ability population growth reduced from 0.2 to 0.1 (otherwise it was basically tripling initial population growth).
    • Aururus Arberetum provides a % growth benefit instead of a flat so that a given player (such as an AI player) doesn't gain a disproportionate advantage from having one.
  • Intrigue: Changed the "Destroyed Planets" crisis outcomes to be only "mostly destroyed"


  • Custom Colors: Design your own color palettes for custom factions, ships, the UI and maps.  
  • Population growth now shows to 2 significant digits.
  • Added a button on the title window to force sync the mods.  Use this if you have subbed/unsubbed to ships or civs outside of the game and that content isn't showing up correctly.  
  • Crusade: Shows your leader instead of the news robot


  • Fixed a few MP crashes
  • Typo fixes: For extreme colonize, it is Barren, not Desert planet types.
  • Base Game only: AI will not try to research Crusade specific techs.  
  • Mercenaries: AI no longer tries to "mine" the Bazaar