Galactic Civilizations 4 announced

Stardock announced Galactic Civilizations 4: a new 4X space strategy game in the series that's been around since the early '90s. The full release is planned for next year, but an alpha version is scheduled to be out this June.

Just watch this beautiful trailer:

Stardock notes that "early" really means early, starting "at the alpha phase" to get player feedback.

"The team feels pretty good about the direction of the game but we really want to get early feedback from our hardcore fans," said Wardell. "For example, should we have a tech that allows players to eventually bypass the subspace streams and fly through the void to other sectors? We can theory craft all day, but gameplay questions like that are ones we'd like to see actually played by real people at length before unleashing the final game on the masses."