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!
Currently no Galaxies availablePosted on 21.02.2006
At the moment all vacant beta-tester slots in the Galaxies are taken. Please do check back regularly for announcements on when the next Beta Galaxy will open.
Galaxy Beta 4 has been re-shuffledPosted on 19.02.2006
As voted by you, Galaxy Beta 4 has been slightly shrunk and re-shuffled. This ensures that we can start the galaxy in a few hours. Please note that due to re-shuffling your commands have been lost, and you need to give new orders that will be processed at the first tick.
The ticks will start tonight Sunday at 18:00 CET. Also make sure you do log in at least once within the first 24 hours, to show that you actively want to play in Galaxy Beta 4. Otherwise your empire will be removed from this Galaxy.
Galaxy Beta 4 now open for signupPosted on 15.02.2006
Galaxy Beta 4 is now ready for signup. If you actively want to participate in the next beta galaxy please sign up now. This galaxy provides space for around 100 players.
The galaxy will start its ticks as soon as it is completely full, but not earlier than Sunday, February 19th at 18:00 CET. Please note that this is a preliminary date, and it is possible that it is being pushed back.
Galaxy Beta 4 opening for sign-upPosted on 11.02.2006
Galaxy Beta 4 will open for sign-up on Wednesday, February 15th at 18:00 CET. It will provide space for around 100 players. Please see the forum-thread Galaxy Beta 4 Plans for more detailed information, and a chance to vote on features that we should focus on.
Please note that we plan to automatically remove players that are not active within the first 24 hours after the ticks started.