Brad has launched Oxide, a new graphics initiative, they just went live. As far as GalCiv III is concerned, DX9 is dead - not happening, will not get past first base even by co-incidence. DX9 is wholly incompatible with the new Nitrous Graphics Engine that's been launched by Oxide,
Brad's new 3d engine, Nitrous, is a generational step change in graphics. DX9 could handle three point lights in games, Nitrous handles tens of thousands using all available graphics GPU / CPU Core hardware. My guess is GalCiv III will end up a Flagship Game for the new Nitrous Engine, because with Brad heading up Nitrous - and already having Intel, AMD, and Nvidia backing it so publicly - there is no way is GalCiv III being released in 12-18months time without Nitrous at its Core, the latter is inconceivable.
Its a massive step change. Its not mere graphical jiggery pokey using new smoke and mirrors - its a generational level change in graphics that's going to be massive .......
https://forums.galciv3.com/449374/page/2/#3410954 - look at reply #29 from Brad.