2K announces new Sid Meier's Civilization game: Beyond Earth, channels Alpha Centauri

With a nod to the past, Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth takes humanity to the final frontier.

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Civilization and XCOM developer Firaxis Games has announced it’s returning to the stars with Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth, the latest entry in their 4X strategy series.

Revealed during a PAX East panel earlier today, Beyond Earth is scheduled for release sometime this Fall and marks the first time a Civilization game has fully explored mankind’s future instead of playing in the past. This game’s science fiction setting will undoubtedly be familiar to fans of Firaxis’ 1999 hit, Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri, as both share a similar, humans-on-an-alien-world premise.

Players will attempt to colonize a new planet while fending off the local wildlife and shaping the fate of humanity. Many of the changes introduced in 2010’s Sid Meier’s Civilization V will also be included, such as hexagonal tiles and the absence of unit stacking.

"It's been quite a while since Alpha Centauri came out," said Civilization series creator Sid Meier. "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."

For all the early details on Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth--including satellites and the non-linear research tree--be sure to check out our extensive preview for the game. And come back over the next four days as GameSpot will be posting a new piece on the game each day as part of our Next Big Game series.

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Discussion

43 comments
jokerdk
jokerdk

I would rather play Tropico *8* on Alpha Centauri then Civilization. Was a huge fan of Civilization but deleted after I found Tropico 4.

slme
slme

damn it, i hope it's new XCOM, so disappointed.

Morphews9
Morphews9

anyone know the background song?

MN121MN
MN121MN

Somehow this struck me a bit as a game that reflects the current a bit...

I would be very interested to follow this...

LesserAngel
LesserAngel

Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes! So it's not exactly Alpha Centauri 2, but I'll take it!

Quarkzquarkz
Quarkzquarkz

Listen, will Oculus Rift work with this??! Because that's all I care about thank you~

troll_eat_troll
troll_eat_troll

Now this is what I have been waiting for all these years and finally it's about time.

Smosh150
Smosh150

Wow, that trailer really hooked me, can't wait for this.

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

Finally, Alpha Centauri 2 even if not in name, this is Sid giving EA the middle finger.

Bloodspectre
Bloodspectre

Firaxis is one of those few developers who can be trusted to make great game after great game. It's as if they don't even know how to make anything less. 

HailHellfire
HailHellfire

hell yes! ive been waiting for this to finally happen. so glad that they are doing it

SiNoNaX
SiNoNaX

I was shouting "Whoooo" at the top of my lungs to the highest pitch that my vocal coords would manage to go to this announcement. I haven't been this hyped up since D3 was announced a few years back. I have freakin nerd chills now no lies.


Ah man this has got my heart pumping!!!!!! God bless you 2k. This reminds me how awesome it is to be alive. *FIST PUMP* 

Donryeshe
Donryeshe

Where do I pay?

WHERE DO I PAY??

LucentWolf
LucentWolf

You know, never was interested in Civilization games. This one may be different.

nurnberg
nurnberg

That cutscene is amazing.

kujel
kujel

This is the first PC in years I've actually got any interest in buying.

zeus_RO
zeus_RO

Fall 2014... I hate this. This means I won't be leaving the house at all during the winter holidays.


Also, DON'T MAKE THIS ONLINE ONLY!!! I will be flipping bricks if I will need online connection in order to play.

Puggy301
Puggy301

Nice! I absolutely love the Civ series & was a big fan of Alpha Centauri. Thank God a few developers are still making games like these. The gaming world would be a barren moonscape full of brainless FPS, sequels to brainless FPS, and equally vacuous action-adventure games starring metrosexual hipsters with super powers. Thank Christ on his throne for companies like Firaxis and Paradox!

m_dorian
m_dorian

Cant wait till autumn, Sid.

Allicrombie
Allicrombie moderator moderator

WANT TO PLAY NAO

shingui5
shingui5

All the way through this, i was just chanting 'Please don't be a mobile/Facebook game'. 

It seems they have not disappointed! 

Crazyguy105
Crazyguy105

@Bloodspectre  The one issue with Firaxis is that they will dumb down the game a bit and then release a massive overhaul DLC that adds insane depth to the game... for $30.

Puggy301
Puggy301

@zeus_RO @Puggy301 

LOL...I didn't mean to get all Pat Robertson on anybody. Civ just brings out the war-mongering zealot in me.