Galactic Civilizations II: Dark Avatar 1.6 released!

Published on Thursday, June 7, 2007 By Brad Wardell In GalCiv II News

Stardock has released its first major update to Galactic Civilizations II: Dark Avatar. The award winning strategy game has garnered universally positive reviews since its release but Stardock’s update not only addresses minor bugs and play balancing but includes a brand new graphics engine!

"Many of our game developers have been working on our next game, a fantasy strategy game and in the process have made real advances in 3D engine development," said Brad Wardell, Designer of Galactic Civilizations. "We wanted to bring some of those performance advancements into Galactic Civilizations."

As a result, players have reported seeing a 10X graphics performance improvement.

"Now players can play on gigantic maps and be zoomed out quite a ways to display hundreds or thousands of ships and still get fantastic performance," said Wardell.

While significant features are common in Stardock’s free updates for its games, a full-blown engine upgrade sets a new bar. The new version also includes dozens of new features as well based on player feedback.

Registered users can download the update via Stardock Central, the company’s unique download manager that not only allows users to update its games but can install the entire game from scratch without requiring the CD onto multiple home computers.

Galactic Civilizations II: Gold Edition is available at most retail stores in North America and includes both the original Galactic Civilizations II as well as the Dark Avatar expansion pack.

A full listing of what's changed can be found here: The home page for Galactic Civilizations II is

Galactic Civilizations II: Dark Avatar v1.6
Galactic Civilizations II or Galactic Civilizations II: Gold Edition

Free Update to existing customer, new users can purchase at or at their local PC game retailer
See it at:

Stardock Corp. (

15090 Beck Rd.
Plymouth MI 48170