Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth

Beyond Earth isn't a sequel to Alpha Centauri, and it isn't quite an expansion of Civ 5, either. It's richer - and far darker.

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It's this week's Eurogamer Show.

Hello there! After a three-week hiatus, I'm very pleased to be writing one of these posts again and delighted to reintroduce the Eurogamer Show.

As I mentioned in the post announcing that we were putting the project on hold for a few weeks, we felt the show as it existed wasn't really doing what we wanted it to do; which is to say sparking conversation, getting some of our lovely staff writers in front of the lens and, most importantly, helping you get to know us.

Not that I'm saying sticking Ian's face into Homefront: The Revolution wasn't fun, of course, but it wasn't the best way to give you a feel for our personalities, or to help bring you into the conversations we'd otherwise be having in the kitchen while waiting for the slightly intimidating coffee machine to do its thing.

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Civilization Beyond Earth's first expansion is Rising Tide

Rising Tide is the name of strategy game Civilization Beyond Earth's first expansion.

The expansion, in development at Civilization maker Firaxis, is due out on PC autumn 2015 priced 19.99.

Rising Tide lets you build floating settlements and access natural resources buried beneath the seas of the alien planet. This new aquatic gameplay increases the play space while introducing new alien beasts with unique abilities.

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Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth review

Sometimes, you need to achieve a little distance in order to get a little perspective. Beyond Earth blasts the Civilization 5 template into space, but it's ultimately less of an offshoot to the main series and more of a measured response. It's a response to the fact that Civ 5, even at its cruellest, is still so often a game for leaders who like to lean back and ponder their actions with a certain kind of holiday cheeriness. It's a battle, but it's also a bubblebath. Annex Te-Moak? Burn Boston to the ground? Go nuclear on Pedro II? Why not, eh? Why not.

Price and availability

Windows on Steam: 39.99

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The overwhelming impression I get from Civilization: Beyond Earth is that interstellar pioneering is hard work. Firaxis has told us that starting a civilisation back on earth involves choices and opportunities. New beginnings are exciting and your people sprawl lazily across virgin lands like a cat on a sofa. Not so in space. Freedoms are replaced with responsibilities, possibilities with dangers. Almost from the moment you land on an alien world, you're beset on all sides by hostile alien life forms, hemmed in by a choking miasma and struggling to make sense of the things around you.

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The strategy studio hosts its fans.

There is what I would call an impassioned debate happening as I step onto the tour bus. I wouldn't say it goes as far as an argument, since those involved are far too excited and not nearly belligerent enough towards one another, but it's clearly an intense discourse. That age-old, nigh timeless topic has reared its head once again: is Civilization 5 really better than Civilization 4?

Civilization: Beyond Earth gameplay video goes in-depth

Civilization: Beyond Earth gameplay video goes in-depth

Everything from exploration to the tech web explained.

Firaxis has released a new video for upcoming strategy game Civilization: Beyond Earth that gives us an in depth look at the gameplay.

Beyond Earth is a new science fiction entry in the long-running Civilization series, and a spiritual successor to Sid Meier's own Alpha Centauri, published by EA in 1999.

In the game you lead your people on an expedition sent to find a new home away from Earth. You explore and colonise an alien planet and create a new civilisation in space.

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Civilization: Beyond Earth release date announced

Civilization: Beyond Earth launches 24th October 2014, 2K Games has announced.

If you pre-order you get the Exoplanets Map Pack. This includes six custom maps - Kepler 186f, Rigil Khantoris Bb, Tau Ceti d, Mu Arae f, 82 Eridani e and Eta Vulpeculae b - all inspired by real-life exoplanets.

Beyond Earth is a new science fiction entry in the long-running Civilization series, and a spiritual successor to Sid Meier's own Alpha Centauri, published by EA in 1999.

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Everything went wrong when six Siege Worms suddenly appeared out of the ground. Think Dune's sandworms, only without their water allergy weakness, as comfortable in the grasslands of humanity's new home as its deserts, canyons and the less familiar fungal blooms. Attempts to keep very, very quiet or point to the nearest enemy city didn't go so well, as one giant's tendrils whipped every soldier in the area into human paste, before turning its attention inwards.

Firaxis announces Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth

UPDATE 14/04 1PM: The official press release is out and Mac and Linux versions, developed by Aspyr, are confirmed.

There's a bit more information about the meat of the game, which begins by you selecting a leader, sponsor, spacecraft, cargo and colonists - and each decision directly impacts your starting conditions on the alien planet. You'll build outposts, find alien relics, tame new forms of life and encounter hostile new species. There's new tech, there are quests and all the latest PC graphical snazziness looks to be supported.

ORIGINAL STORY 12/04 5.30PM: Firaxis has announced its next game: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth.

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