Leaked Civilization: Beyond Earth screenshots show the franchise tackling the final frontier.
Update: It's official! Check out the official launch trailer here:
Original Story: Data diggers over at Neogaf have discovered some rather interesting screenshots, and box art, for something called Civilization: Beyond Earth in the cache of a legitimate French gaming website. It appears to be an upcoming gaming in Firaxis's Civilization franchise, that takes the popular simulator into outer space. The article also claims that the game will release as early as this Autumn. It certainly looks very legit, and it seems like it would be a logical step for the franchise. First up, let's take a look at the images in question:
Furthermore, a translation of the original French article claims that the game is somewhat of a spiritual successor to Alpha Centauri, with the player setting out to colonize distant worlds. In Beyond Earth players will still build terrestrial cities and infrastructure like they are used to, but will expand to other planets as the game progresses.
Alien planets will of course have their own native life, that will function somewhat like the barbarians in previous Civ games, and there will be new "orbital units" that players can command, such as satellites.
Furthermore, Beyond Earth will have an additional win condition - returning to Earth and bringing all of its refugees to your newly colonized planets.
Of course, none of this has been official confirmed by 2K or Firaxis, but it certainly sounds very exciting. I can't wait to sink thousands of more hours into another Civ game!
We've reached out to both companies for comment.