2K and Firaxis have announced the next game in the Civilization series will take a science fiction theme.
Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth will launch this autumn for Windows PC, Mac and Linux. The game sees the human race leave Earth behind following an unspecified catastrophe called "The Great Mistake" and begin colonisation of a new alien planet.
“We’ve always let our fans create the history of mankind, and Civilization: Beyond Earth will now let them create the future," says series creator Sid Meier.
Beyond Earth uses a hex-based map that looks similar to the most recent series instalment, Civilization V, and borrows many thematic and gameplay ideas from Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, the 1999 Civ spin-off published by Electronics Arts.
In a press release, 2K and Firaxis also listed the following features:
- 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 game.
- New Orbital Layer – Players will build and deploy advanced military, economic and scientific satellites that provide strategic offensive, defensive and support capabilities from orbit.
The announcement trailer can be viewed below: