Galactic Civilizations II v2.0 Preview

Published on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 By Brad Wardell In PC Gaming

Galactic Civilizations II v2.0 is a major free update to Galactic Civilizations II: Dark Avatar and Galactic Civilizations II: Twilight of the Arnor.

Galactic Civilizations is a turn-based space strategy game set in the 23rd century. In it, humans have begun colonizing the galaxy and have encountered several alien civilizations, some friendly, some hostile. Players must guide humanity by building fleets of ships, researching new technologies, negotiate treaties, fight wars, and much more. It is a game of epic scope and depth. Each game is different since the galaxy is randomly generated, the computer AI in the game behaves differently and the game has an immense number of setup options to give players a great deal of variance.

To get an idea of what a game is like, read the PC Gamer Diary which gives a detailed account of one such game.

Galactic Civilizations II encompasses 3 chapters:

  1. Galactic Civilizations II: Dread Lords (2006)
  2. Galactic Civilizations II: Dark Avatar (2007)
  3. Galactic Civilizations II: Twilight of the Arnor (2008)

Most of the new features in v2.0 are for users who have Twilight of the Arnor but a few biggies are for Dark Avatar as well.

If you don't have Galactic Civilizations II, you can get the full saga here: 


Loading up the internal beta of 2.0 brings up an updated intro screen:

Players can now design their own star ships right from the main game screen.

Selecting Ship Designer:



Going back to the main screen I decide to start a game.