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Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth announced

Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth announced

Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri is receiving a spiritual successor in the form of sci-fi-themed Civilization: Beyond Earth, launching this year on Windows, OS X and Linux.

A spiritual successor to Sid Meier's intergalactic classic Alpha Centauri has been officially announced, and it brings the promise of treats for PC gamers including support for AMD's low-level Mantle application programming interface (API) and cross-platform gaming on Windows, OS X and Linux - the latter to include Valve's SteamOS.

Released in 1999, Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri was a spin-off from the Civilization franchise, acting as a follow-on of sorts for anyone who had completed a space victory in the game. The player was given the task of colonising Chiron in the eponymous star system, and later the option of playing as one of two non-human races - previously limited to non-playable characters in the game.

The game was critically acclaimed, but a poor seller; following its release, the Civilization franchise would again return to historical rather than futuristic settings and never again venture beyond our solar system - until now. Firaxis has announced Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth, the first space-based title to carry the official Civ branding - and a spiritual successor to Alpha Centauri.

Announced at PAX East this weekend, the game promises to revamp the Civilization experience with a new web-like technology tree, a more open-ended progression system no longer tied to real-world history, and many of the developers who worked on the original Alpha Centauri. For PC gamers, the news gets better still with Firaxis announcing that the game will launch later this year on Windows, OS X and Linux platforms - the latter to include support for Valve's SteamOS Linux distribution. The company has also promised support for AMD's Mantle API at launch, giving hope that the game's performance will be acceptable even on lower-end hardware.

If all that has whetted your appetite the company has offered a teaser trailer for the title, reproduced below.

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Bloodburgers 14th April 2014, 10:53 Quote
ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hell yeah!
Panos 14th April 2014, 11:14 Quote
Damn, that came out of the blue.
My TESO sub will last only 6 months :(
blinkieleblind 14th April 2014, 12:19 Quote
SUWWEEET!!
Lenderz 14th April 2014, 13:58 Quote
So damn excited for this.
FelixTech 14th April 2014, 22:33 Quote
Rather than Alpha Centauri, my personal favourite space colonisation game is Outpost (by Sierra). The satisfying combination of building, digging, and a complete lack of guidance (inside the game and out) made it an exploration game in the truest sense :P

It was even possible to get an instance game over by failing to find any habitable planets at the start!
LordPyrinc 15th April 2014, 06:15 Quote
Sounds like a winner... Just started playing Civ5 a bit this past week. Hard to believe that I never head of Alpha Centauri as much as I've enjoyed some of Civ games over the years. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for this one.

I also enjoyed playing Outpost way back. It probably wouldn't hold up too well these days, but I do remember playing it quite a bit at the time.
mattbailey 15th April 2014, 09:32 Quote
The sun is shining and now this. The start of a good day - hell yeah!
Impatience 15th April 2014, 11:03 Quote
This is awesome news! Now, as long as it's not an awful 'Online only' thing like SimCity.. I dont see how this can go wrong! I got bored of the standard Civ games after 3, as they were mostly the same (as based on true history). But if this is how it seems, it can go so many different ways during a playthrough.. Oooh..
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