Galactic Civilizations IV

Diverse Characters
As the all-powerful leader of a spacefaring civilization, you must seek out new star systems and discover the exciting potential of the subspace realm. There are thousands of worlds to colonize and dozens of civilizations - both old and new - to encounter.

Galactic Civilizations IV

Warfare. Planetary Conquest. Cultural Domination. Political Alliances. Technological Supremacy. How will you achieve victory?
Galactic Civilizations IV is a space-based 4X strategy game set in the 24th century. Humans have discovered faster-than-light travel, and aliens compete with humanity for dominion of the galaxy.
You begin the game with only your home planet and must research new technologies, explore the known galaxy, and colonize new worlds while keeping your people at home happy. At the same time, you will engage in trade, diplomacy, intrigue and war with other alien civilizations.
Galactic Civilizations IV builds on the successes of all its predecessors and adds so much more to the game. You will appoint leaders, explore star sectors, and enjoy a brand-new combat and invasion system. More in-depth research options, story driven missions, and a new 4-axis ideology system will fully immerse you into your role as a galactic leader.
Lead your civilization to prosperity and answer the age-old question: How Will You Rule Your Galaxy?


  • Explore the galaxy. Seek out new star systems and discover the exciting potential of the subspace realm.
  • Meet new civilizations. The universe is teeming with civilizations both advanced and primitive. Set opponents' difficulty and technological advancement.
  • Colonize new worlds. Thousands of worlds to colonize, most awful but all colonizable…if you dare.
  • Discover new technologies. Invent new technologies, some are easier than others for your species to grasp.
  • Recruit and mentor citizens. Each citizen is unique with their own strengths and weaknesses.
  • Shape your government. Determine which citizens to place in positions of power and what planets you wish to see governed while taking care not to be defeated in a coup.
  • Choose your destiny. Choose the type of civilization you want to be through your actions and choices.
  • Adventure awaits you. The galaxy has a rich, ancient history that you will discover through missions and events.
  • Challenge your friends in multiplayer. Engage in tense 1v1 stand-offs in Arena mode, pivot your playstyle to take on new challenges and achieve ever-changing goals in Agenda mode.
  • Create and Share. Design your own ship or civilization and share it with the community. Download and play with or against the custom creations.

Available Achievements

Solid Economy
5 XP
Ask Not What Your Empire Can Do For You
5 XP
Commodity Trader - Level 2
5 XP
Commodity Guru
10 XP
Commodity Trader
5 XP

Galactic Civilizations IV DLC & Add-Ons

Epic Player Ratings

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Highly Recommended
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Amazing Storytelling

Galactic Civilizations IV Ratings & Reviews

  • 46%
    Critics Recommend
  • 73
    Top Critic Average
  • Fair
    OpenCritic Rating
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PC Gamer
by Rick Lane
68 / 100
Galactic Civilizations 4 is a vast and dependable grand space strategy. But there's little here that radical, and expect to meet it halfway.
PC Invasion
by Jason Rodriguez
7 / 10
Despite having some interesting concepts and refreshing mechanics, Galactic Civilizations IV suffers from an unintuitive UI, lack of tooltip information, and production queue bugs.
by Cosmin Vasile
8.5 / 10
Galactic Civilizations IV has a solid foundation, in terms of mechanics and presentation, but needs to add polish. I like the wide-ranging customization offered at the start of a campaign and how the early game moves. But the experience needs more excitement for the middle game and extra variety in terms of events and challenges.
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Galactic Civilizations IV System Requirements



OSWindows 10 64-bit
OSWindows 10 / 11 64-bit
ProcessorQuad-Core Processor
ProcessorQuad-Core Processor
Memory8GB RAM
Memory16GB RAM
Storage14 GB
Storage14 GB
Direct X11
Direct X11
Graphics1 GB Video Card
Graphics1 GB Video Card
Other1920x1080 minimum screen resolution required.
Languages Supported
  • Audio: English
  • Text: English
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