And that's where that haunting thought comes in. Though I don't have anything against digital distribution, it just doesn't feel right to not have a box standing on the shelf. Something you can hold in your hands and be happy about, thinking; "Yeah, I bought this. It was a good decision.". But that's not the only thing about GalCiv 3's digital distribution that bothers me.
Virtually no PC game is released in boxes anymore. Only the biggest games get a box release (like Blizzard stuff0. For everyone else it's simply not worth it financially.
If you can't adapt to that, you will be playing very few games going forward.
From what I've read, you need internet and Steam and that is the most bothersome.
Yep, that's been said since it was first announced.
What if I want to play it on a computer without internet and Steam?
You can't play it on a computer without Steam. You can play it without Internet assuming it's been online before, by using offline mode. Course in that case the AI won't have access to the player ship library (assuming it didn't cache it from previously being online, of course, and I'd presume it will.)
What if I don't have it installed and lose my internet connection (money problems, moving to Pluto or somewhere else without internet access) ? How will I be able to install the game then?
Now if you just have really lousy Internet, yes. Copy the installed game folder to a DVD or something as a backup, then restore it on the computer with lousy Internet. Instead of downloading the game, it'll just verify and activate the install. Then it's good to go.
This troubles me to the extend that I am seriously thinking of trying to cancel my pre-order (if still possible).
Email firstname.lastname@example.org. They can do it.
I understand it's probably too expensive for Stardock to have physical media but is there any chance we will be able to download the game, burn it on a disc and install it on a computer without an internet connection and Steam? That would make me feel a whole lot more comfortable.
The game uses Steamworks. To do that, they'd have to make a special non-Steamworks version of the game just for that purpose, which probably also isn't worth it financially. Said version would also not have the multiplayer or anything else that is provided through Steamworks.