Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in

Civilization: Beyond Earth to Take Players to Alien Planets

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 22 comments

Civilization is heading to alien planets.

2K Games revealed at PAX East a new entry into the Civilization franchise, Beyond Earth. Slated for a Fall 2014 release, the franchise breaks free of its historical roots and sends players into the future as mankind begins to establish colonies on other planets.

"Global events have destabilized the world leading to a collapse of modern society, a new world order and an uncertain future for humanity," reads the Beyond Earth info page. "As the human race struggles to recover, the re-developed nations focus their resources on deep space travel to chart a new beginning for mankind."

"Explore and colonize an alien planet, research new technologies, amass mighty armies, build incredible Wonders and shape the face of your new world," the info page continues. "As you embark on your journey you must make critical decisions. From your choice of sponsor and the make-up of your colony, to the ultimate path you choose for your civilization, every decision opens up new possibilities."

Gamers will establish their cultural identity by choosing one of eight different expedition sponsors, each with its own leader and unique gameplay benefits. Players will assemble their spacecraft, cargo and colonists through a series of choices that shapes the starting conditions on the new planet.

Once they arrive, players are faced with the dangers and benefits of a new planet including hazardous terrain, "mystical" resources, and hostile alien life forms. Players can build outposts, dig up ancient alien relics, develop flourishing cities, tame alien life forms, establish trade routes and more.

"To reflect progress forward into an uncertain future, technology advancement occurs through a series of nonlinear choices that affect the development of mankind," reads the info page. "The technology web is organized around three broad themes, each with a distinct victory condition."

This new Civilization chapter will support player-made mods, and multiplayer up to eight players who can compete for dominance of a new alien world. There will also be a quest system that will help guide players through a series of side-missions that will aid in resource collection, unit upgrades, and advancement through the game.

For more information about Civilization: Beyond Earth, head here.

Add your comment Display 22 Comments.
Top Comments
  • 11 Hide
    trip1ex , April 14, 2014 6:46 AM
    Alpha centauri
  • 10 Hide
    JD88 , April 14, 2014 6:22 AM
    While not mentioned here, this game will be available across all platforms including Linux. Good to see more AAA games showing up there.
Other Comments
  • 10 Hide
    JD88 , April 14, 2014 6:22 AM
    While not mentioned here, this game will be available across all platforms including Linux. Good to see more AAA games showing up there.
  • -2 Hide
    icemunk , April 14, 2014 6:27 AM
    Looks like fun, but if they stick to the 1 unit-per-tile thing from Civ5, I'll pass. I want a real Civ game.
  • 11 Hide
    trip1ex , April 14, 2014 6:46 AM
    Alpha centauri
  • 1 Hide
    tomfreak , April 14, 2014 6:53 AM
    And take Players beyond DirectX with Mantle support. :-)
  • 5 Hide
    spdragoo , April 14, 2014 7:00 AM
    trip1ex, that was my first reaction as well. Which is fine, since that was a fun game to play.
  • 3 Hide
    derekullo , April 14, 2014 7:24 AM
    I so missed the semi-dynamic weather in Alpha Centauri.
    Can't think of any 4X games that have done it since.
  • 1 Hide
    vir_cotto , April 14, 2014 7:24 AM
    Awesome, hope it's fun!
  • 0 Hide
    derekullo , April 14, 2014 7:25 AM
    Please don't go. The drones need you. They look up to you.
  • 0 Hide
    Tuishimi , April 14, 2014 7:43 AM
    W00t!1!!
  • 0 Hide
    olaf , April 14, 2014 8:39 AM
    Yes , and turns will take 24h again ... against an AI
  • 3 Hide
    hannibal , April 14, 2014 8:44 AM
    Interesting to see if this is story driven like Alpha Centauri was, or more like sandbox game ala Civ...
    To Icemunk... I always prefer more tactical one unit per hex than old "stack of doom". That was really boring... In civ5 system it requires more thinking and more complex tactical decision, but I can understand that it does not please everyone, but for strategy gamer the change in civ5 was a excellent one!
  • 5 Hide
    Alec Mowat , April 14, 2014 8:55 AM
    Quote:
    Yes , and turns will take 24h again ... against an AI


    You can actually buy faster CPU's, did you hear?
  • 2 Hide
    acadia11 , April 14, 2014 8:59 AM
    Sid Maiers Alpha Centauri, is still the best game ever!
  • 2 Hide
    RazberyBandit , April 14, 2014 9:04 AM
    It looks like I had the same reaction as others, "I played this game in 1999. It was called Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri."
  • -1 Hide
    spdragoo , April 14, 2014 9:34 AM
    Guess video games are following the Hollywood trend, "Hey! Let's just remake the old & pretend that it's new again!"...

    Or it's the even older adage, "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery"...

    Or they thought, "Well, the backstory may be somwhat similar to Alpha Centauri, but then what empire-building turn-based strategy game doesn't resemble its predecessors in some way?"

    Either way, should be interesting.
  • -1 Hide
    w8gaming , April 14, 2014 9:43 AM
    Can we have a stick figure graphics mode so that this can be run on a cheap 8" Windows tablet without overheating it and cause it to shut down? :) 
  • 1 Hide
    agnickolov , April 14, 2014 12:33 PM
    Actually, even before Alpha Centauri they had some Civ 2 extensions that brought the game to another planet. I think it was called Test of Time or something... IIRC the game played normally until you build a spaceship and then you continued after the ship landed.
  • 0 Hide
    spookyman , April 14, 2014 1:00 PM
    I still own the original Civ game. works on a 286
  • 3 Hide
    ct001 , April 14, 2014 1:32 PM
    I wonder if the AI will be as terrible as Civ 5?
  • 0 Hide
    Nilo BP , April 14, 2014 6:49 PM
    Well, there goes my life for the next year.
Display more comments
React To This Article