A few days later than originally planned we are excited to present the Public Beta Version of Space Civilizations! All planned features are implemented and now need to be thoroughly tested. Please note that in order to sign up to the all new Galaxy Beta 5 you need to play and finish the Tutorial Galaxy.
We are welcoming you to the all new version of Space Civilizations, and hope you will enjoy the game
The return of Public Beta (updated)Posted on 20.01.2007
Here's a quick update: we are currently busy with the final preparations for the next Public Beta phase. Most of the required prerequisites are already complete, so we are confident to have regular galaxies back around the 25th of January. We look forward to welcoming back all players from the first public beta phase and all newly registered players!
Thanks again to all participating players for playing/testing. Please do join the discussion in Speed Galaxy Beta 3 - Aftermath, in order to identify the current weaknesses of the game and helping me to further improve the game experience. Your feedback is most welcome!
Next Test-Galaxy on Sunday, December 10thPosted on 01.12.2006
We are planning to run another test galaxy on Sunday, December 10th at 16:00 CET (that is 10:00 ET). Again this will be a speed galaxy that will end at 22:00 CET the same day. Tick times are between 1 and 3 minutes, with several breaks planned in between.
New features include an improved Governor, Shared Production Queues, and the all new Assault and Defense Admirals. We will announce more details in the coming days in the forums, as well as an updated version of the online manual.
The Galaxy opens for signup on Thursday, December 7th at 20:00 CET. Please do only signup if you truly intend to play on Sunday!
Speed Galaxy UpdatePosted on 24.11.2006
The next test galaxy will have to be pushed back slightly, as some of the features that we want to have tested in that galaxy are not yet finished. The most likely date right now is December 3rd, but this could slip by another week in the worst case. I keep you updated.
November PlansPosted on 05.11.2006
We are approaching the start of another speed test galaxy, which will be the last one before the regular galaxies are re-opened. The speed galaxy is planned for end of November, and regular galaxies are opened shortly after that.
All registered users will be notified by email about the exact starting date of the next galaxy as soon as the date is set. Thank you all for your patience!
Next Test-Galaxy on Sunday, July 16thPosted on 11.07.2006
We are planning to run another test galaxy on Sunday, July 16th at 15:00 CEST (that is 9:00 EDT). It will be a speed galaxy that will end at 21:00 CEST the same day. Tick times are between 1 and 4 minutes, with several breaks planned in between.
There are quite a host of improvements since we last played a month ago, with the all new Governors being the most important one. Please find more detailed information in the Forum and the Manual.
The Galaxy opens for signup on Thursday, July 13th at 18:00 CEST. Please do only signup if you truly intend to play on Sunday.
The next Beta-GalaxyPosted on 07.06.2006
After successfully running the first Speed Galaxy last Sunday, we have now got a clear picture what features to focus on next. We will now concentrate our efforts to deliver an improved version of the game, based on your feedback, in the next 4 to 6 weeks.
We plan to run another Speed Galaxy for testing purposes mid-July. Please watch this space for more details.
Announcing the first Speed GalaxyPosted on 28.05.2006
We have finished implementing the initial version of the Governor and the Admiral, two rules wizards that allow you to manage a larger number of planets and ships. It is now time to test these new features and get your feedback how we can further improve the game.
To this end we will run the first public Speed Galaxy on Sunday, June 4th at 16:00 CEST (10:00 EDT). This galaxy will run roughly 8 hours and 30 minutes, with ticks every 1 to 5 minutes. For more details check out the Forum. The Galaxy will open for signup on Wednesday, May 31st at 18:00 CEST. We also plan to re-shuffle the galaxy just before the Galaxy starts on Sunday, and players not online by the official start time will be removed from the Galaxy. So please do only sign up if you truly intend to play on Sunday.
Progress UpdatePosted on 16.04.2006
There have been quite a few inquiries lately about when the next galaxy opens. Here's a quick progress update and an outlook on the next months. Space Civilizations is still under development, and it is still tagged as Beta. At the beginning of this year we ran a few test galaxies with a couple of hundred players taking part in the initial tests. While most of the players enjoyed the start of the game, it became apparent that it takes too much micromanagment to handle dozens or even hundreds of planets and ships at later stages of the game. At the moment we are focusing on solving these problems.
In the meantime it doesn't make sense to open any new galaxies, because the players will (rightly so) complain about the same shortcomings again. We plan to run a (limited) speed-galaxy at the end of May to test the new features. However, the game will remain in its beta state for the better part of this year. Only once we can ensure a pleasant gameplay experience for all players, will we open the game for an unlimited number of players.
Please also read the thread The Future of SpaceCiv for more details, and do watch the Forum for more progress updates and announcements on test galaxies. Thank you for your patience and support!