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Civilization: Beyond Earth Gets Release Date, Pre-Order Bonus

| 3 Jul 2014 15:17
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Settle aliens worlds in Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth on October 24, 2014.

Firaxis Games announced today that Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth will release on PC worldwide October 24, 2014. Pre-orders of the game will include the Exoplanets map pack. The map pack includes six custom maps, based on real exoplanets (planets that orbit a star other than our Sun). Additional retailers, including Steam, will become available closer to the release of the game. Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth is a spiritual successor to Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, built with the Civilization V engine.

The latest entry in the Civilization franchise brings settlers to alien worlds and introduces new leaders and factions. The science fiction take on Civilization features alien units instead of barbarian camps, and some hexes contain nasty alien miasma that prevents improvements and must be removed with advanced technology. Greg Tito went hands-on with Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth at E3 2014. Tito says, "While Beyond Earth is certainly very different from a standard historical Civ, the gameplay had a lot more in common with Civ V than Alpha Centauri." Also at E3, Firaxis released an in-depth eight minute developer walkthrough of Beyond Earth, including gameplay footage.

In an interview with The Escapist, co-lead designers Will Miller and David McDonough spoke to Greg Tito about the inspiration for Civilization: Beyond Earth. Miller says, "We're huge fans of Alpha Centauri, we played that game a lot. That game was a great companion to Civilization II and Civilization III, but Beyond Earth really draws from the entire legacy of the Civilization franchise. We learned a lot since then, and we've put all of that into this new product. So, Beyond Earth certainly makes homages to Alpha Centauri but it is a very different game."

Source: Firaxis Games

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