Galactic Civilizations III Early Access beta now available, see it in action here

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Building, controlling and wreaking havoc on civilizations is an enduring video game occupation, especially on PC. According to Galactic Civilizations studio Stardock Games, the third installment will offer more nuanced ways to do this than we've ever experienced before. That much is evident if you watch the beta gameplay trailer below, or else you could give the beta a spin yourself. It launched today on Steam Early Access.

You may have partaken in the rather expensive alpha earlier this year, but the beta is a more reasonably priced $49.99. That means the barrier of entry to decolonizing and recolonizing distant alien races is now significantly lower. Go forth and conquer.