Quake Live gets a massive, newcomer-friendly update in anticipation of the Steam launch

Supply drops are how you gear up in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer

StarCrawlers makes dungeons out of spaceships

Civilization: Beyond Earth

Anti-Centauri: let a panel of Firaxis designers explain Civilization: Beyond Earth

Plants are the antagonists of Beyond Earth. Some of them, anyway.

Civilization: Beyond Earth is not Alpha Centuari. Sorry: it’s just not. If that’s what you’re after, you can be disappointed more cheaply with a children’s book named Alf the Centaur.

What it is, though, is worth your time - not Alpha Centauri’s ideological tussle to the death, but a space venture with the same relentlessly optimistic vibe as the very first Civ.

Here’s a panel of Firaxis types ready to explain all that.

“The word we use is ‘aspirational,’” Beyond Earth designer David McDonough told our Rob at PAX. “It’s very important to us that Civ always be that way. It’s something that can be a little shocking when you play Alpha Centauri. The game requires you to be evil to succeed. We were very careful with this game never to do that.”

In Beyond Earth there’ll be no right or wrong, and not even necessarily a lot of war - just the question of how humanity is going to survive in a brand new world.

“We recognize the value in darker and more antagonistic approaches,” elaborated gameplay designer Anton Strenger. “But we took it out of the civs themselves, and we put it into the planet. So when you land on this planet, the planet is very hostile. Your first work in the game is taming that world.”

Hmm! It sounds like a new thing, and a brave new thing at that. But Alpha Centauri has a lorra fans. Is this the sort of space venture you’re wanting?

Thanks, RPS.

Login or Register
2
+2
-0
Antonius's picture
43

It's a Civ game. So… Yes. Yes indeeeedily-do!

At least this forward facing time machine will have a Futuristic skin! :D

1
+1
-0
Tim Edwards's picture
313

Did you play the remake of Colonization? Thinking of having a tinker over the weekend.

1
+1
-0
Antonius's picture
43

I didn't! More than likely it'll be on my Steam game list…

And for some reason, I didn't see the notification of a reply till now…

1
+1
-0
Htorne's picture
166

Oh yes this is good news :)

1
+1
-0
flagoon's picture
4

Make it free for everyone who won Civ V on highest difficulty.

Alienware - Game VictoriousNvidia Shield - Titanfall
There was an Elite musical co-written by Ian Bell's brother. You can read the whole thing online now

Elite: Dangerous

There was an Elite musical co-written by Ian Bell's brother. You can read the whole thing online now

Quake Live gets a massive, newcomer-friendly update in anticipation of the Steam launch

Quake Live gets a massive, newcomer-friendly update in anticipation of the Steam launch

Supply drops are how you gear up in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer

Supply drops are how you gear up in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer

StarCrawlers makes dungeons out of spaceships

StarCrawlers makes dungeons out of spaceships

Escape Dead Island in November

Escape Dead Island in November

Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut turns the expansion into a standalone next month

Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut turns the expansion into a standalone next month

The Walking Dead Season 2: No Going Back PC review

The Walking Dead: Season 2

The Walking Dead Season 2: No Going Back PC review

GOG grows: now there's optional regional pricing and DRM-free movies

GOG grows: now there's optional regional pricing and DRM-free movies

CCP rework wormholes in Eve Online's third mini-expansion: Hyperion

CCP rework wormholes in Eve Online's third mini-expansion: Hyperion

Watch Blizzard explain the Diablo III ladder system new in Reaper of Souls 2.1

Watch Blizzard explain the Diablo III ladder system new in Reaper of Souls 2.1

Metro Redux is out this week and looking grimly gorgeous

Metro Redux is out this week and looking grimly gorgeous

SimCity modders do what Maxis couldn't: expand its maximum city size

SimCity modders do what Maxis couldn't: expand its maximum city size

Topic of the Week: How do you play episodic games?

Topic of the Week

Topic of the Week: How do you play episodic games?

British geologists fill the gaps in Ordnance Survey's Minecraft Great Britain

British geologists fill the gaps in Ordnance Survey's Minecraft Great Britain

EA hope to make $1 billion from DLC this year

EA hope to make $1 billion from DLC this year

Dragon Age: Inquisition has a four-player co-op dungeon-crawling mode

Dragon Age: Inquisition has a four-player co-op dungeon-crawling mode

The Sims 4 recommended system requirements: can you reticulate the splines?

The Sims 4 recommended system requirements: can you reticulate the splines?

League of Legends hits 4.15 and another champion, Azir, is on its way

League of Legends hits 4.15 and another champion, Azir, is on its way

The eight best babies in games

Babies

The eight best babies in games

Smuggling booze in Elite: Dangerous is challenging, noble work

Smuggling booze in Elite: Dangerous is challenging, noble work

Siege Warbear: Orcs Must Die! Unchained update introduces Tundra, the polar bear

Siege Warbear: Orcs Must Die! Unchained update introduces Tundra, the polar bear

Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham launches into space in November

Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham launches into space in November

Hazard Ops launches with mech-on-mech action and zombie attacks

Hazard Ops launches with mech-on-mech action and zombie attacks