2K Announces Sid Meier’s Civilization®: Beyond Earth™
New sci-fi installment in award-winning Civilization franchise explores
humanity’s future, as players leave Earth to explore and colonize an alien
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NEW YORK -- April 14, 2014
2K and Firaxis Games today announced that Sid Meier’s Civilization®: Beyond
Earth™, a new science fiction-themed entry in the award-winning Civilization
franchise, is currently in development by Firaxis Games for Windows-based PC.
The game will also be coming to Mac and Linux via Aspyr Media. Scheduled for
release this fall, Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth will send players on
an expedition from Earth to lead their people into a new frontier to explore
and colonize an alien planet, and create a new civilization.
(Photo: Business Wire)
(Photo: Business Wire)
Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth will propel the development of human
civilization beyond the traditional timeline of a Civilization game, by
exploring humanity’s future on an alien world. For the first time, players
will lead factions divided by contrasting cultures and evolve their new
civilizations to reflect their chosen destiny. Players will experience an
array of new gameplay possibilities, including nonlinear technological
progression, deeper customization of chosen factions, and an entire alien
world that will change the very identity of each faction based on their
“Having celebrated its 23^rd anniversary last year, Civilization has cemented
its reputation as one of the greatest and longest running franchises in video
game history,” said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. “Sid Meier’s
Civilization: Beyond Earth builds upon that success by pushing the series in
new directions with players exploring an unknown future on an alien planet.”
“The Civ team was excited about the opportunity to continue the story of
Civilization into the future, because it allows the team to break free of
historical context,” said Sid Meier, director of creative development at
Firaxis Games. “We’ve always let our fans create the history of mankind, and
Civilization: Beyond Earth will now let them create the future.”
Key features of Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth include:
*Seed the Adventure: Players will establish a cultural identity, select a
leader and sponsor an expedition by assembling the spacecraft, cargo and
colonists through a series of choices that directly impact starting
conditions when arriving on the new alien planet.
*Alien World: Exploring the benefits and dangers of a new planet filled
with dangerous terrain, mystical resources and hostile lifeforms unlike
those of Earth, players will build outposts, unearth ancient alien relics,
tame new forms of life, develop flourishing cities and establish trade
routes to create prosperity for their people.
*New Technology Web: Reflecting forward progress in an uncertain future,
technology advancement will occur through a series of nonlinear choices
that affect the development of mankind. The tech web is organized around
three broad themes, each with a distinct victory condition.
*New Quest System: Quests are infused with fiction about the planet, and
will help guide players through a series of side missions that will aid in
the collection of resources, upgrading units, and advancing through the
*New Orbital Layer: Players will build and deploy advanced military,
economic and scientific satellites that provide strategic offensive,
defensive and support capabilities from orbit.
In addition to its use of DirectX 11, Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth
will be among the first wave of products optimized for the latest in AMD
graphics technologies, including: the new Mantle graphics API, for enhanced
graphics performance; AMD CrossFire™, for UltraHD resolutions and extreme
image quality; and AMD Eyefinity, which allows for a panoramic gameplay
experience on up to six different HD displays off of a single graphics card.
Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth is not yet rated by the ESRB, and will
be available for Windows PC, Mac and Linux in North America this fall for
$49.99. For more information on Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth, please
visit www.civilization.com, become a fan on Facebook, follow Civilization on
Twitter and subscribe to Civilization on YouTube.
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About Firaxis Games
Firaxis Games™ is one of the world’s premier game development studios, and
home of legendary designer Sid Meier. Firaxis has developed some of the most
successful and award-winning computer and video games on the market today,
including: the award winning Sid Meier’s Civilization® V for the PC, as well
as the critically acclaimed expansion pack, Sid Meier’s Civilization® V: Gods
and Kings, Sid Meier’s Civilization® Revolution™ for console, iPhone®, iPod
touch®, iPad® and Nintendo DS, 2005 PC Game of the Year - Sid Meier’s
Civilization IV®, the expansions Civilization IV: Warlords®, Civilization IV:
Beyond The Sword™, and Civilization IV: Colonization™, the blockbuster Sid
Meier’s Civilization® III series, Sid Meier’s Pirates!® (PC, Xbox® and PSP®
(PlayStation®Portable) system), Sid Meier’s SimGolf™ and Sid Meier’s
Railroads!™. Firaxis’ legacy titles include the Sid Meier's Civil War Series!™
(Gettysburg!, Antietam!, and South Mountain), and the Sid Meier’s Alpha
Centauri® series. In 2005, Firaxis Games was acquired by Take-Two Interactive
Software, Inc., joining its 2K publishing label. Firaxis Games recently
released XCOM®: Enemy Unknown for Windows PC, the Xbox 360® video game and
entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment
system to critical acclaim.
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