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‘Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth’ announced for PC release

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The website Ign.com has confirmed the existence of a new game in the “Sid Meier’s Civilization” franchise. That title is called “Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth,” and it was announced on April 12, 2014. The game is a spinoff of the franchise, as all previous new entries in the main franchise have been numbered. It is also confirmed that the game is not an expansion pack for “Sid Meier’s Civilization V,” but rather a standalone title. “Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth” is scheduled to release in the fall of 2014.

The initial announcement trailer, which may be viewed at the link at the end of the article, showed Earth in a state where all periods of history seem to be combined. The Great Pyramids of Giza were shown near towering skyscrapers for instance. This combined historical period is reminiscent of how a normal “Sid Meier’s Civilization” game will play out. Oftentimes, players will have cities that contain a number of ancient, medieval, and modern buildings and wonders of the world. The announcement trailer shows how a normal game reaches its end, with no more technological advances to obtain.

The dialogue in the trailer spoke of how humans have reached the end of their time on Earth. The trailer showed a number of different cities, such as Paris and Rio de Janeiro. Paris has been completely covered in buildings and skyscrapers, and Rio de Janeiro has been covered in what looks like a thick layer of pollution. The trailer continues on to show a number of space shuttles launching and leaving Earth, being sent to populate new worlds in the far reaches of Space.

Little is known about the gameplay of the title. It will run on a similar engine to “Sid Meier’s Civilization V,” with a hexagon grid-based world map. The game also features a new technology system. Instead of having a linear tech tree, like previous titles, it will feature a “tech web,” which will allow the player to choose which path of technology they wish to focus on. Thanks to this system, each civilization in the match can have completely different technology by the end of the game.

The barbarians in this title are alien races, but they function differently from other barbarians. They can react intelligently to the player’s decisions, almost like an additional CPU controlled opponent. The player can choose to either destroy them or befriend them as well. Befriending them will allow the player to breed them for use in their army or cities.

To learn more about the “Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth,” or any other games in the franchise, visit their official website:

"Sid Meier's Civilization" official website

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