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In Gaia Project , you take command of one of these fourteen alien races striving to colonize the galaxy. With different environmental needs and technology levels at the beginning of the game, the factions have their own distinct flavor that shapes your approach to each game. What’s more, each faction has a special ability you can unlock by constructing a Planetary Institute. This diverse cast of characters keeps each game of Gaia Project fresh and allows you to explore new strategies every time you play.
In our announcement, we outlined the many options available for you to foster your fledgling galactic civilization, including colonizing new planets to grow your empire, upgrading your structures to diversify your economy, and investing in new technology to extend your reach. Today, we will take a closer look at a few of the factions in the game and how you can take advantage of their unique abilities to colonize the galaxy before your rivals.