Stardock first announced plans to release Galactic Civilizations III in October and on Thursday a public alpha version of the space strategy game sequel will be released on Valve's Steam service.
To help promote that event, Stardock has released the first gameplay video from GalCiv III. The two minute clip shows some edited footage of the game being played in this early alpha state, from scouting new star systems to later taking them over by force with a player's star fleets.
This early version of the game won't have a number of features that are scheduled to be added in later versions. For example, ship design and diplomacy have yet to be implemented in the build that will be released Thursday. It will require a Windows PC with 64-bit support to play.
Stardock is still selling access to GalCiv III Founder's Elite Edition for $99.99. For that price, players will not only get to play the alpha edition on Thursday, but they will also get free access to the beta and final versions of the game, along with any DLC and expansion pack content after its launch. There's no word on when the final non-beta version of the game will be released.
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