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scifi Civ: Civilization Beyond Earth, available for preorder on Steam

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A pre-purchase offer for Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth is now available on Steam, offering early-bird buyers the Exoplanets Map Pack, which includes six custom maps, inspired by real exoplanets.

The custom maps include the following exoplanets (list below), with added features from the imaginations of the development team at Firaxis. Publisher 2K Games is offering Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth for $49.99 and Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Classics Bundle, which includes three previous Civilization games, for $69.99.

Civilization: Beyond Earth is a turn-based strategy game in which players settle an alien planet, while conquering or treating with neighbors and researching new technologies. It will be released on Oct. 24, 2014.

  • ?Kepler 186f: One of the oldest known Earth-like planets. Featuring lush vegetation in the game world.
  • Rigil Khantoris Bb: Orbiting the closest star to our solar system.
  • Tau Ceti d: A planet of seas and archipelagos.
  • Mu Arae f: Tidally locked in orbit around a weak star, half the planet is frozen while the other half is always hot.
  • 82 Eridani e: Tectonically unstable.
  • Eta Vulpeculae b: A mysterious new discovery with unknown terrain.

preview at io9

Why Civilization: Beyond Earth Is The Hottest New Space Strategy Game


Are there moments in the game that pay homage or call out to classic sci-fi? Is there a point where the player feels that Star Trek sense of awe and exploration, or the "Hell yeah!" of blowing up the Death Star? Or perhaps the creeping paranoia of a Philip K. Dick style surveillance state?

Miller: Absolutely. The game is filled with references to our favorite sci-fi books and movies. The game's fiction references something called the "Great Mistake," which is a nod to Dan Simmons's Hyperion Cantos. The "Contact" victory type is an homage to Carl Sagan's novel of the same name, and the philosophical basis for the Purity Affinity was inspired in part by the Albertian Order of Leibowitz in Walter Miller Jr.'s A Canticle for Leibowitz. The giant Siege Worms that roam the planet's surface need no introduction to fans of Dune. I'm really excited to watch people discover all of the little details we've put into this game, and I hope they see just how much the whole team loves the sci-fi genre.

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