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Firaxis' Beyond Earth Panel from PAX East 2014

The final frontier.

Last weekend's Firaxis Games Mega Panel at PAX East was one to remember. During the hour-long presentation, the acclaimed strategy game studio announced its next AAA game, Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth, and gave a high-level talk about what the upcoming PC game is all about. If you weren't able to make it, we now have the full video presentation for your viewing pleasure.

Gamers were no doubt quick to link Beyond Earth with another beloved Sid Meier game, Alpha Centauri, and for good reason. However, the rights to Alpha Centauri are with another publisher (Electronic Arts), so Beyond Earth is not an outright sequel. Still, Firaxis Games lead designer Will Miller said he thinks Alpha Centauri fans will feel right at home with Beyond Earth.

"For all the fans of Alpha Centauri, this is the game we have made for you," he said.

Sid Meier himself will continue to hold his position at Firaxis Games as creative director for the studio, overseeing all development at the company, including Civilization: Beyond Earth. That is no doubt good news for fans of his work. The veteran designer has been with Firaxis Games since its inception and has remained heavily involved in the studio ever since, panelists said during the presentation.

In the full Firaxis Games panel you'll find story information for Beyond Earth, various gameplay details, and other interesting insight into how the game came to be. Perhaps the most surprising bit of news? Publisher 2K Games won't make you wait ages for Beyond Earth, as it launches later this year.

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The Next Big Game - Beyond Earth

The Next Big Game - Beyond Earth
14 comments
PcGamingRig
PcGamingRig

so do you start on earth in this game and move to other planets as your empire expands? or do you start on other planets? :)


would be cool if you had multiple worlds to manage.

leigham
leigham

this panel is dumb why would people sit here and just listen to them? we want to see things

ronan32
ronan32

it's just civ5 with a space/future skin.

collingtonuk
collingtonuk

Please, please, PLEASE let EA have been 70% through an Alpha Centauri sequel.

youre_a_sheep
youre_a_sheep

You should be able to acquire a tech that lets you play this game on PS4.

Renoo27
Renoo27

4:12. Ugh, someone give that guy on the right a slap. 

jemoedr
jemoedr

@kitmeep  If they add it, they should make it a toggable option, as they also should do in Civ V.


Judging from the info we've been given, i suspect that there will be no religion. Maybe later with expensions.

larkin-54
larkin-54

@kitmeep  why not? religion regardless of what you think about it has shaped human history 

collingtonuk
collingtonuk

@youre_a_sheep I do hope not, when games get 'adapted' for consoles it is invariably dumbed down and feature light. Lets just keep it on the PC where it belongs and is loved.