Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade was announced one month ago. Since then, Stardock CEO Brad Wardell has been regularly writing several dev diaries to explore what players can expect when the expansion releases this Spring.
His most recent entry is titled “What is a 4X Strategy game?” in which he first delves into the basics of the 4X genre, which stands for eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate. Then, Brad outlines how Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade aims to innovate the genre. This particular diary highlights the fundamental differences between Crusade and the base Galactic Civilizations III experience.
These include the strategic use of resources, improvements on expanding your civilization by knowing what resources they house, and new ways to utilize these resources whether or not you are in direct control of them. There are also some new, yet devastating strategies for eliminating your rivals, some of which require players to make dire choices, like sacrificing their citizens.
If you are interested in Brad’s previous diaries, there are three previous entries for you to check out. The first diary introduces the game, while the second diary delves into the civilization builder and how it works, and the third discusses the intricacies of managing your galactic citizens.