2K has just released a walkthrough gameplay video for the new Sid Meier’s Civilization game, Beyond Earth. This gameplay video was shown at E3 behind closed doors but has now been released for avid fans of the series to watch.
As we’ve already seen in previous Beyond Earth gameplay trailers, the game sticks to modern Civilization gameplay aspects, such as the hexagonal grid board, while dramatically changing the setting of the game. Players will no longer raise civilizations from the stone age to modern times, but will instead take control of a certain faction, with their own planetary beliefs and goals. This is also reflected in the way players conduct research in the game. As we can see in this walkthrough, research is conducted on a web where players can branch out in different directions of research, instead of in a linear directional path.
The walkthrough also briefly talks about the different faction beliefs and policies, and how they may differ. A players overall goal for their faction may conflict with an opposing factions beliefs. This can lead to conflict, and the planets indigenous life forms interacting differently with the player. Giant alien creatures can wreck havoc on a players faction, if provoked.
Back in 1999 Firaxis Games, the series developer, created a similar turn based 4x strategy game with a space setting, called Alpha Centauri. Beyond Earth can be seen as a spiritual successor to Alpha Centauri, sharing its alien world setting and having ideologically opposed factions. Fans of Alpha Centauri will be excited to see a return to an alien planet in a Civilization game. We were all tired of getting nuked by Gandhi anyway.
Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth is said to be released on 24th October, 2014, for Windows PC, OS X and Linux.
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