A recap of what Galactic Civilizations is
To recap, Galactic Civilizations IV: Supernova is a turn-based 4X space strategy game set in the 24th century with players taking on the role of leader of a civilization that has just developed faster than light (FTL) travel. Supernova adds an additional layer – civilizations are on the verge of discovery subspace streams which allow for intergalactic travel.
Civilizations must explore their area of space, expand their influence through colonizing and building starbases, exploit the resources with their territories and ultimately deal with other civilizations that stand in their way.
In this space-based strategy game set in the 24th century, players take on the role of a leader of a spacefaring civilization, tasked with exploring and colonizing the known universe. With an array of new features and improvements, Supernova offers an unparalleled 4X strategy experience for players of all skill levels.
What has come before
Eight years after releasing Galactic Civilizations III, Stardock launched Galactic Civilizations IV exclusively on Epic in 2022. This partnership allowed us to experiment with innovative yet potentially controversial game design ideas.
While most new concepts were well-received, the AI-driven invasion system proved frustrating for players. The multi-parameter AI efficiently divided fleets to attack every enemy world simultaneously, prioritizing its objective over player enjoyment. This resulted in an engaging game design overshadowed by "toxic AI players."
The lesson learned here is that smart AI isn’t necessarily fun AI. But the answer isn’t to make the AI dumb, it is to re-design the game so that the smartest strategies are also fun to execute.
Supernova: What’s new
Supernova builds on and often time reinvents concepts that first appeared in Galactic Civilizations IV.
We can't talk about everything coming in Supernova yet but. We have some amazing stuff to show off when we go into early access but for starters: