Galactic Civilizations IV Early Access

Early Access is now underway for Galactic Civilizations IV, the next installment in the Stardock's 4X strategy series set in space, where no one can hear you freestyle rap. "Great games are built on player feedback," said Brad Wardell, CEO of Stardock. "We have always valued our community and encourage them to participate in the process as we develop new things. Putting Galactic Civilizations IV into an Early Access period during its Alpha phase allows us to hear what our players have to say now so we can deliver the best game possible later." Word is the Early Access phase is launching while the game is in alpha, rather than beta, because of the "dramatic changes from previous Galactic Civilizations games." The previously released Announcement Trailer has look at the game, and those interested in checking out the alpha can head over to the Galactic Civilizations IV Website for more, or to the Epic Games Store to purchase a copy. Here's more on the plan:
Stardock released an Alpha version of Galactic Civilizations® IV into Early Access today. As the all-powerful leader of a spacefaring civilization, the player must seek out new star systems and discover the exciting potential of the subspace realm. There are thousands of worlds to colonize and dozens of civilizations - both old and new - to encounter.

The game takes the best of what the award-winning space 4X strategy sandbox game series has to offer and adds many new and exciting features while vastly increasing in scope and depth. Galactic Civilizations IV utilizes new features like AI characters, star sectors, ministers, central control, a much bigger technology tree, and more.