Civilization Beyond Earth details and screens released

Firaxis' PC game confirmed for Mac and Linux, will cost £40

2K Games has released new details about Civilization: Beyond Earth, in addition to the first screenshots.

Announced by Firaxis at PAX East over the weekend, the science fiction-themed entry in the turn-based strategy series will cost £39.99 when it launches on PC this autumn. It will also be released on Mac and Linux by Aspyr Media.

The game will see players lead an expedition to colonise an alien planet and create a new civilization in space.

Firaxis director of creative development Sid Meier said: "The Civ team was excited about the opportunity to continue the story of Civilization into the future, because it allows the team to break free of historical context. We've always let our fans create the history of mankind, and Civilization: Beyond Earth will now let them create the future."

2K Games says Civilization: Beyond Earth will use DirectX 11 and be among the first wave of products optimised for the latest in AMD graphics technologies.

Civilization: Beyond Earth key features

  • Seed the Adventure: Players will establish a cultural identity, select a leader and sponsor an expedition by assembling the spacecraft, cargo and colonists through a series of choices that directly impact starting conditions when arriving on the new alien planet.
  • Alien World: Exploring the benefits and dangers of a new planet filled with dangerous terrain, mystical resources and hostile lifeforms unlike those of Earth, players will build outposts, unearth ancient alien relics, tame new forms of life, develop flourishing cities and establish trade routes to create prosperity for their people.
  • New Technology Web: Reflecting forward progress in an uncertain future, technology advancement will occur through a series of nonlinear choices that affect the development of mankind. The tech web is organised around three broad themes, each with a distinct victory condition.
  • New Quest System: Quests are infused with fiction about the planet, and will help guide players through a series of side missions that will aid in the collection of resources, upgrading units, and advancing through the game.
  • New Orbital Layer: Players will build and deploy advanced military, economic and scientific satellites that provide strategic offensive, defensive and support capabilities from orbit.