Colonization Takes To The Skies In Civilization: Beyond Earth
I’ve only just boarded the Civilization train recently. Suffice to say, I don’t know why I didn’t jump on sooner. Civilization, from X-COM developers Firaxis, is an excellent strategy series. And now we’re getting a new one.
But there’s no Egyptians or Romans. Instead, Civilization is taking to space in Beyond Earth.
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The new title in the long running franchise was announced at PAX East this weekend, with Firaxis channelling some previous success in Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri. The game takes place after the events of Civilization V, more specifically when a player has won a game using Science and subsequently launches a ship up into the air.
Players will attempt to colonize a new planet while combating new wildlife and inhabitants, as well as other players. All of this will shape the future of humanity, which opens up some new and exciting gameplay possibilities. All the great changes that Civilization V introduced, which helped newcomers and veterans alike become engrossed in a new experience, will return as well. So yes, still no unit stack, which isn’t a bad thing.
Series creator Sid Meier was at PAX East to talk about the new title.
“It’s been quite a while since Alpha Centauri came out. We’ve got a lot of new ideas, have learned a lot, and there’s so much new stuff we can do with a science fiction setting. The Civilization series has come so far and we can do a lot of new stuff now that we couldn’t do before. We had an opportunity with people [at Firaxis] who had some great ideas on how to put this together–and it just all came together! We’re happy to be able to have a chance to do it.”
Some early details describe a new, non-linear research tree as well as new units and structures such as stabilities. While Firaxis confirmed that you won’t be able to play as an alien race, they didn’t really confirm that you wouldn’t meet any E.T’s during your travels.
Beyond Earth is set to release in the next six months or so. Yes, not years from now. What a pleasant surprise.