Stardock, a developer of desktop software and publisher of PC games that include Star Control: Origins, Sins of a Solar Empire, Offworld Trading Company, Galactic Civilizations, and Ashes of the Singularity, has announced the new Worlds in Crisis DLC (downloadable content) and the free v4.0 update for its sandbox 4X strategy game, Galactic Civilizations III.
Worlds in Crisis introduces several new world events with ideological choices, new planet types, and over a dozen new planet features. Long-time players will find many new strategic options while players picking up the game for the very first time will also encounter exciting new experiences.
The free v4.0 update adds performance increases and makes vast visual improvements to the game’s planets, both on the surface and from orbit. A list of additional balance and AI improvements also accompany v4.0, which is already in opt-in. The current changelog is available here.
In Worlds in Crisis, players may encounter worlds struggling with crises from planetary mutations, to raging pandemics, to murderers on the loose, and much more. Each crisis tells a planet’s story and the player’s decisions on how to handle them will determine how it resolves in the end.
There are also several new planet types to explore, offering new and exciting bonuses for those brave enough to colonize them. Players might encounter a sterile planet that isn’t meant for housing life, but is suited for the experiments of a mad scientist, or a beautiful and serene tranquil type world, perfect for retirement and tourism. New islands, continents, and landmasses provide many new options.
“This massive update to the game wouldn’t have been possible without our community,” says Brad Wardell, CEO of Stardock. “Without their saved games, some of the gameplay and AI improvements just wouldn’t have been possible. Some of these saved games involved over 60 hours! That’s 60 hours in a single play-through. These saved games allowed us to really see all kinds of interesting and emergent gameplay that happens after that many hours that benefit both epic players and those just starting out.”
The Worlds in Crisis DLC is coming soon to Steam and Stardock for $4.99. For more details, visit the forums. Galactic Civilizations III is available on Steam or Stardock for $39.99. Learn more: www.galciv3.com.
In Related News, Stardock has unveiled Curtains, a customization tool that allows users to apply new styles to Windows 10. The styles use the groundwork built to support the pre-existing lines of dark and light modes.
New styles are called Fluent, Cairo, and Crystal. They are designed to enhance the look and feel of the Windows user interface, along with apps that already support light and dark mode.
“The advantage of using a program like Curtains is that it’s essentially just adding new ‘modes’ to Windows,” says Wardell. “It already works with high DPI displays and your existing programs. This gives users a little extra touch of customizing the Windows experience.”
Curtains also includes styles that allow users to switch Windows to look more like Windows XP or Windows 95 as well as alternative operating systems.
Users can create and share their own styles using the built-in style editor. A Curtains style can change everything that light and dark mode can change, including the start button, title bar buttons, and title bar coloring. It also supports tweaking gradients, shadows opacity, and hundreds of other small elements of the Window’s graphical user interface.
“Curtains makes it very easy for people to make their own styles,” Wardell says. “There are a lot of customization features that have been buried in recent years such as font faces and sizes, detailed color choices, and much more. Curtains allows people to adjust all of that and save it with their style easily.”
The beta version of Curtains is available on Stardock’s Object Desktop suite of desktop enhancements, include programs such as Fences, Start10, Groupy, SoundPackager, DeskScapes, and Multiplicity.
More information is available here.