a new patch is now available for Galactic Civilizations III
and its Crusade expansion, updating them to version 2.5. They call this an
"enormous" update for the 4X strategy game and expansion, saying it brings
improved AI, faster turn times, increased performance along with balance fixes.
Because Crusade improved the overall game experience so
much, efforts have been made to move some of those enhancements over to the base
game. v2.5 also adjusts the AI to allow for better building of fleets and
planets and boasts faster turn times, especially when the galaxy is crowded with
The improvements in v2.5 include:
Major Engine Update (Base Game + Crusade):
- Improved AI
- Better game balance
- Faster turn times
- Increased performance
Base Game Enhancements:
- UI: The cleaner and more functional UI from
Crusade is added.
- Economics: Galactic resources now accumulate, like
- Diplomacy: More informed trade offers, better
resource trading, and the "trade bar" from Crusade are added.
- AI: Substantial improvements to the AI system from
Crusade have been added.
- Performance: The AI system has been moved to a
"I view Crusade as practically a sequel to the base game, not just an
expansion," said Wardell. "We really don't want to get into the business of
charging money for AI and engine upgrades, so we'll continue to improve both
games in order to achieve the best possible results."