'Civilization: Beyond Earth' Is Out of This World with Focus on Humanity's Future

Fans of the game 'Civilization' will be able to colonize alien worlds in 'Civilization: Beyond Earth.'

Firaxis is now taking pre-orders for the latest installment of Civilization, the popular turn-based strategy game series. Titled Civilization: Beyond Earth, the latest edition of the game is literally out of this world. Gameplay will center around players leaving Earth to settle and explore an alien planet.

Previous editions of the game have enabled players to lead a civilization from ancient times to the modern era. Past scenarios also allowed fans to replay epic battles, such as the Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War, and to download mods created by other fans of the game.

While some aspects of gameplay will remain the same, others will be completely different, since players will create and direct their civilization in a completely alien environment. Likely to stay the same: the ability for users to play against either computer-generated competitors or human players across both internet and LANs using the multiplayer setting.

Choices each player makes as his or her civilization prepares to leave Earth will directly affect how well the new colony starts and thrives within the alien world. Once they reach the alien world, players will acquire mysterious new resources with special powers—e.g., the ability to build outposts in addition to cities will become important.

The game technology will develop in a nonlinear fashion, leading to three potential victory conditions. Quests and side missions are new, and will teach players about the new world as they advance in the game. Another new addition: the ability to build satellites that orbit the alien planet and assist the colony as it develops its military, scientific research and economic capabilities.

Civilization: Beyond Earth is expected to be shipped by the end of 2014. Pre-orders are available now from Firaxis. The platform will come in PC and Mac versions.

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