Civilization: Beyond Earth Preorder Bonus Is a Bunch of Extra Planets

Get six free maps for preordering Beyond Earth or a new Beyond Earth bundle that includes past Civ games.

With Civilization: Beyond Earth just over two months away, publisher 2K has announced the bonus that will be available to those who preorder, as well as a new bundle that promises to have a huge amount of content.

By preordering the game--it's now available for purchase through Steam, among other places--you'll receive the Exoplanets Map Pack. This pack consists of six custom maps for you to play on that were "inspired by real-world exoplanets." These will be different each time you play on them, as the layout of planets is randomized at the beginning of each game. 2K's descriptions of the six exoplanets follow below:

  • Kepler 186f: This lush forest planet is one of the oldest known Earth-like planets.
  • Rigil Khantoris Bb: Orbiting the closest star to the solar system, the historical records of this arid continental planet's settlement are well-preserved.
  • Tau Ceti d: This planet of seas and archipelagos features a booming biodiversity and a wealth of resources.
  • Mu Arae f: Tidally locked in orbit around a weak star, the southern hemisphere of this planet is a blistering desert where the sun never sets, while the northern hemisphere is perpetually in frozen darkness.
  • 82 Eridani e: An alien world of scarce water and wracked by tectonic forces.
  • Eta Vulpeculae b: A mysterious new discovery with unknown terrain.

Unlike your standard preorder, retailers like Steam charge you at the time of order, making this a pre-purchase (as opposed to, say, a $5 deposit) depending upon where you buy the game.

If you're new to the series and you're not content with only purchasing Beyond Earth, 2K today announced the Civilization: Beyond Earth Classics Bundle. This consists of Beyond Earth and three previous Civilization games: Civilization III Complete, Civilization IV, and Civilization V. As any Civ fan can tell you, any one of these three games has the potential for countless hours of gameplay; this bundle collectively has the potential to keep you busy for a very, very long time.

Beyond Earth ($50) and the Classics Bundle ($70) will both be released for PC on October 24.


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Relvar
Relvar

LOL to anyone who expected improvements over Civ 5

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

I hope the AI is good, that it has mind worms, and the game doesnt bog down end game

zzodr
zzodr

The price just magically jumped on Steam from $49USD to $89USD in Australia. Ripoff.

killerious
killerious

 I am a CIV fan for many years. Although I was quite disappointed with what I've see so far. First of all, the color scheme seems much less attractive than the natural/colorful that of civ5 and it terms of modeling it's not that different (e.g. trees, see, sand). Having a few animated neon animated haze on the ground doesn't make it special.  Second, the futuristic colors and UI design does't look good too in my opinion. It's more textural than graphical (e.g. characters main screen is overlayed on the game canvas, no unique background).  the tech three is also more textual and I personally liked the card-like visuals in civ5 and was expecting an upgrade on that, like adding cool animations to further illustrate what each one does. The music was missing, but I guess that will be presented later on (unless I missed it in other videos).


For me it seems that this new version lacks innovative features. I personally was hoping for a multilayer elevation positioning, allowing for example to put a ship on top of other unit and that opens up a whole new world of strategic options. I will buy it anyways, but I truly hope that when this games release it will live to its expectations. Right now, I am not that convinced. Cheers.

cuorebrave
cuorebrave

OMG! Out of a million billion stars and planets, they had to choose Eta Vulpeculae b(II) as the mystery planet?? Does anyone recognize the Star Control II reference? I can't believe it would be a coincidence... the site of the Androsynth disappearance and the appearance of everyone's favorite *Happy Campers*, the Orz ("Them")?
Could this be a coincidence? Why pick that EXACT planet?
I know I'm onto something... anyone remember Star Control II enough to remember this planet?

Kayweg
Kayweg

The thing with Civ/Civ Style games is, that you'll have so much to play, that by the time you run out of stuff to do and try, these bonus maps will very likely be available Steam-bundled for a reasonable price or even be on a sale.

Not saying that this is a bad deal, just that you really won't need them right off the bat.

Mo_food
Mo_food

The only DLC I have ever bought, for any game, are the map packs for Civilization 5. The first X in 4X stands for Explore remember? Having more maps is a GOOD thing. Also, randomized maps with a particular theme means incredible replayability.

Boddicker
Boddicker

I'll never forgive Firaxis for abandoning XCOM: Enemy Within. 


I won't be buying their products anymore.

Triton
Triton

I'll get them next year when they have the GOTY edition with everything tossed in. To many other games to play right now.

mari2kde
mari2kde

Its ok. A nice to have but not nessacary bonus.


When I look at the greedy pre-order bonuses of other games (ESO,ect.), thata a fair deal.

Vexov
Vexov

So if we don't pre-order or pre-purchase then we miss out on these map types until (and if they do) release them in some sort of dlc. How many maps types does this leave us with?, because they just cut out 6 of them as a pre-order bonus.

jemoedr
jemoedr

@Vexov They will, after a few months, as they also did with for example Babylon and Assyria in Civ V

rofeta
rofeta

Not the most exciting pre-order bonus I've seen.  I look forward to the reviews once it comes out and hope it turns out to be more than a reskin of Civ5

ioshilee
ioshilee

Six randomly generated maps with a pre-defined settings as a pre-oder bonus? No, thanks. 

straightcur
straightcur

Preorder bonus' and what looks to be lots of DLC.  Yet another game that I will wait to get at a discount. Just release a full, complete game and I will be happy to pay full price.  Thankyou for saving me money though.

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

How does it usually go?  "Shut up and take my money!"  At least that is how I have felt about most of Sid Meier's games.  It is nice to trust at least one company enough to be willing to pre-order.

jack00
jack00

God pre-order bonus is retarded. So what if i decide to buy the game 2-3 months after release ? I'm shafted out of content and I am now buying 98% of a game ?

Fk you firaxis and any publishers/devs who does this crap.

Relvar
Relvar

@jack00  THIS is why pre-order's need to be exclusive (see comments below)!!!! If you couldn't get them any way BESIDES pre-ordering, than you'd be getting 100% of the game, and the people who pre-order would be getting 102%.... 

nengtaka
nengtaka

@jack00 It will most likely be available for purchase for $5 some time after launch.

And unless they specifically took these maps out of the game, instead of just creating 6 random maps to make it worth pre-ordering, you would be getting 102% of the game for pre ordering, 100% if you didn't.

DAOWAce
DAOWAce

I've learned my lesson from Civ 5. This won't be bought until a complete edition is released, on sale.

Though, I'd rather go enjoy Alpha Centauri instead, since the way it plays is a lot better than re-skinned Civ 5.

barbarossa213
barbarossa213

Day One DLC crap aside, I have a rant. It sounds to me like these "exclusive" map packs are randomly generated each time you play them. If that's true, what they're doing is akin to releasing Civilization V without the option to choose, Continents, Pangaea, Fractal, Small Islands, Archipelago, etc when you start a game. Doesn't that sound f***ed up to anyone else who knows Civ?

jemoedr
jemoedr

@barbarossa213 I think these maps are the options you just said, but then other names with extra fixed stats.


For example, all maps are random with said fixes, so: 


  • Kepler 186f: This lush forest planet is one of the oldest known Earth-like planets. Thus-> Completely random with lots of forest/jungle.
  • Rigil Khantoris Bb: Orbiting the closest star to the solar system, the historical records of this arid continental planet's settlement are well-preserved. -> Completely random dry map. 

johnlewis107
johnlewis107

Don't buy the bundle, the Civ games are on sale at the moment (and often are)

johnlewis107
johnlewis107

Don't do the micro-DLC thing again Firaxis :( I'm probably going to wait for a complete version to be released.

Gladestone1
Gladestone1

Buying cause love sid miere games an loved alpha century..Going to bring back memories an add a lot of new ones..

wezkilla
wezkilla

dont give a fuck its civ, this will be the 3rd game i have ever pre ordered looking like the best civ game ever  

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

well I never pre order so doesnt matter much what they give away with it for me. pre order is the height of stupidity. I dont buy promises

Relvar
Relvar

I will say one thing - if these are made available as DLC after the fact they are going to have a lot of UPSET players.... They pulled that crap with the original Civ 5. When you make something a Pre-Order bonus you do NOT sell it later to people who didn't pre-order- otherwise people won't pre-order with you next time.

drago589
drago589

@Relvar From a business standpoint it has to happen that way. If the players were punished for having the presence of mind to hold off until the game actually launches, everyone would be upset. Why? Because if you pre-order you get the DLC for free, if you don't, then you are punished by not getting the entire package. This creates a culture that is conditioned to feel bad if they don't pre-order, because they aren't getting $40-60 worth of content. 

and that is why bad game are still sold for 60. . . . because people pre-order. . .

Freedomination
Freedomination

@Relvar I can understand publishers wanting to encourage pre-ordering, but why on earth would you as a customer want to encourage it? It's just a great way of getting people to buy games on marketing hype alone, there is no advantage for consumers

Relvar
Relvar

@Freedomination  Where in there did I say I was encouraging pre-ordering? I said I am upset because they lie with these pre-order bundles telling us its an exclusive thing but than 6 months later they turn around and sell it as a DLC. That isn't fair to anyone, and creates ZERO incentive for anyone to pre-order (what THEY want) since they can just wait till the game goes on sale and get it all anyway. If they actually made an exclusive (not including graphics/map packs) item for the pre-order guys, I might have a reason to do so - as it stands now, not a chance in hell....

nadastigmata
nadastigmata

@Relvar @Freedomination The incentive to pre ordering is you get to play the god damn game on day 1 opposed to someone who has to wait 6 months. No where ever has a publisher said our pre order bonuses are exclusive and for good reason. Why should someone who cant buy the game on launch never get to see all the content a game has to offer? This is got to be one of the stupidest things I've ever heard anyone complain about. 

Relvar
Relvar

@nadastigmata @Relvar @Freedomination  You are crazy! They almost always call it (especially take-2 and EA) "Exclusive Pre-Order Bonus" or "Exclusive Pre-Order Content" etc. - although in this case it seems like they learned their lesson there at least. In any case, if it can be purchased later I have no incentive to pre-order. I can still have it day-1 if I wanted, and still have a chance to try it out and read reviews before making a purchasing decision- more likely I'll wait until there is a sale, because I still have games I got on sale last year to play. 

Relvar
Relvar

I will say one thing - if these are made available as DLC after the fact they are going to have a lot of PISSED OFF players.... They pulled that crap with the original Civ 5. When you make something a Pre-Order bonus you do NOT sell it later to people who didn't pre-order- otherwise people won't pre-order with you next time.

hammerfall22
hammerfall22

Sometimes pre-order bonus seens desperation to sell on "day one" for me.

Relvar
Relvar

@hammerfall22  it has to do with the way stock markets work. If the company gets lots of pre-orders, they can use that data to "predict" future sales growth higher than they would otherwise, raising the price of the stock. 

jessie82
jessie82

ill wait for the goty/ulti edition

Freedomination
Freedomination

Gah.. preorder bonuses. Kill it with fire!


Unfortunately i'm going to buy this one anyway, and Steam will probably have it at 10% discount the week before its realeased. My principles only go so far

hammerfall22
hammerfall22

@Freedomination I don`t like to buy before the release, without a review, etc... but... sometimes I buy anyway too. :-/

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

@Freedomination as pre-order bonsuses go some pre-set map types and THREE entire games is pretty good and sure beats the usual "60 minutes of gameplay we cut out of the game to hold hostage" crud we see from the likes of Ubisoft and Squeenix

Relvar
Relvar

@DarkSaber2k @Freedomination  No this is pretty much the same thing. Had they been six TILESETS - totally new graphics etc. that would be worthwhile - but this is essentially taking an existing feature, changing a few variables, and charging for it (for people who don't preorder) - I'm guessing they will remove the ability for modders to do this themselves as well. 

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@Relvar @DarkSaber2k @Freedomination 1. It's not the same thing, I really can't understand how you think that makes sense.

2. Modders will be able to do something similar. The major difference being that any mod would likely be less convenient, and probably less dynamic (randomization etc). There were a LOT of Civ5 DLC packages rendered useless by mods, and Firaxis didn't seem bothered. So given what I know about this game's mod support at the moment, the mod scene will likely look virtually identical to that of Civ5.