Stardock a présenté cette semaine Mercenaries, une première vraie extension pour Galactic Civilizations III. Add-on qui fait suite à plusieurs petits DLC et qui ajoutera une campagne supplémentaire, deux nouvelles races (Arceans et Torians), la possibilité de recruter des unités d’élites, ou encore des bazars galactiques. En plus d’une bande-annonce récapitulant l’essentiel, voici six captures d’écrans montrant un peu mieux le contenu de qui viendra étoffer ce joli 4X, à partir du 18 février prochain. D’ici là pour plus d’informations, voyez par ici sur le site officiel.
A noter aussi au passage la sortie en décembre dernier en parallèle d’un important patch 1.5 (voir les images suivantes et ce changelog) d’un quatrième DLC intitulé Precursor Worlds (nouvelles planètes, défis, énigmes et anomalies pour diversifier l’exploration des galaxies – voir screenshots ci-aprés et par ici sur Steam pour plus de détails), et enfin pour ceux suivant le studio que la section des journaux de développement a été mise à jour il y a quelques semaines avec deux récents articles, The coming 4X Armageddon et Stardock Game Engine History.
Plymouth, MI. – January 27, 2016 – Stardock announced Galactic Civilizations III: Mercenaries today. The first expansion to its popular 4X space strategy game adds a new campaign, Galactic Bazaars, new races, and the ability to recruit elite units with special abilities, and more.
In Mercenaries, players will be able to visit new Galactic Bazaars, where they can hire mercenaries to assist in expanding across the galaxy. With several new unique mercenary ships and multiple Bazaars to discover on each map, the expansion offers hours of unique gameplay.
“Each mercenary sets their own hiring price in terms of money and resource,” said Paul Boyer, Lead Designer of Galactic Civilizations III. “Because there are a finite number of mercenaries, each civilization is competing for their services. When one is hired by one civilization, it is no longer available to the others.”
The expansion also includes two new factions: the Arceans and the Torians. The Arceans are an ancient and honorable civilization of warriors and the Torians are an aquatic species seeking to escape the slavery of the Drengin. Both races come with new traits, abilities, and tech trees. The Torians are the subject of a new campaign available within the expansion.
The campaign for Mercenaries centers around the peaceful Torian race who have long been enslaved and farmed for their meat by the cruel Drengin. Explore and discover mercenaries, then hire them to aid in your escape from your oppressors. Liberate the Torians and help them rebuild their shattered civilization while staying out of reach of the Drengin.
Along with this expansion, Stardock is releasing the v1.6 update to the base game, which is a free update for all Galactic Civilizations III game owners. Improvements include more detailed match results, AI improvements, visual updates, and balance improvements.
The expansion is scheduled for release on February 18 and will cost $19.99.
For more information about Galactic Civilizations III and its current updates and DLC, please visit www.galciv3.com.
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 the highly anticipated upcoming 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 at www.stardock.com.
Plymouth, MI – December 9, 2015 – Stardock announced the availability of the Galactic Civilizations III v1.5 update which adds new diplomatic opportunities and many other new features to the game, and a new DLC, “Precursor Worlds”, which adds new Precursor Planets, anomalies, and colony events.
In v1.5, players will now be able to interact with their friends and foes through new and different dialogues and choices. Players can order other races out of their territory, proclaim their unwavering friendship, or demand tribute, resulting in either strengthening or damaging relations.
This update also adds a new “Coercion” ability, a new building that will provide a Planetary Wheel improvement for that world, and enhancements to the multiplayer experience, including being able to invite friends to play directly through Steam.
The new DLC, “Precursor Worlds”, introduces new and dangerous anomalies for the player to discover and explore. They will also have to contend with new colony events as they explore lost and ancient Precursor worlds throughout the galaxy.
The “Precursor Worlds” DLC is available for $4.99 directly through Stardock or Steam at http://store.steampowered.com/app/420030.
Version 1.5 of Galactic Civilizations III is free. For more information about Galactic Civilizations III, the 1.5 update, and the “Precursor Worlds” DLC, please visit www.galciv3.com.