New 'Galactic Civilizations 3' Crusade expansion rolls out, offers new systems

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Riding the momentum of a recent major free update, game developer Stardock revealed a new expansion for Galactic Civilizations 3. Only this time, users will have to pay for the update.

In a press release last Tuesday, the software development company announced the much-awaited expansion titled "Crusade," giving gamers and fans of the space 4X strategy game a wide array of new features that covers various aspects of the game.

"Our focus with Crusade has been to create a much deeper yet more approachable space strategy game," said Paul Boyer, the game's Lead Designer. "At the heart of your civilization are your citizens. What you do with your citizens, whether that be training them to be scientists, engineers, farmers, soldiers, diplomats, merchants and where you send them will determine how your civilization evolves," he added.

The expansion will be bannered by numerous features, led by "Espionage," which allows players to use citizens who are trained as spies to defeat opponents from behind the scenes. "Interactive Invasions," on the other hand, allows players to take citizens who were trained as soldiers in their quest to conquer an entire planet. Meanwhile, "Galactic Citizens" allows citizens to specialize in different aspects to further strengthen their civilization globally or to power up a specific planet.

Among all of the new features, the single-player campaign also called "Crusade" is the most anticipated, as it introduces the gamers to different alien civilizations. Moreover, it also gives a story-driven narrative revolving around the "pink hominids" of Sol 3 who were mistakenly viewed as weaklings.

Just last month, Gamespot reported that Stardock released a free 2.0 update, which took almost two years to come out since the game debuted. The update focused on Starbase Administrators and diplomacy improvements, which the game developers said will take some pressure off the shoulders of players when mass-producing Starbases.

"The diplomatic AI is more sophisticated and plays a lot like a human would both in terms of trading and how they deal with the complex web of foreign relations," said Stardock CEO Brad Wardell in a press release for the 2.0 patch.

The Crusade expansion, meanwhile, is set to be released in spring, with a $20 price tag.