Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Officially Announced; Coming Fall 2014
This morning's leak is true: Firaxis Games is working on Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth, "a new science-fiction-themed entry into the award-winning Civilization series." As the cinematic announcement trailer below shows, human's time on Earth is ending, so you must embark to discover a home beyond Earth, exploring and colonizing an alien planet. Planets will be procedurally generated, and "your relationship with the [alien creatures], and your technology choices will have a profound affect on the evolution of your faction" through three affinities: Supremacy, Purity, and Harmony. Supremacy players embrace technology and build bionic commandos, Purity players preserve humanity in its current form, and Harmony players study the alien geneseed and genetically modify their people. Each affinity affects the way your faction looks, along with the structures, wonders, and units you can create.
PC Gamer interviewed two of the Beyond Earth's lead designers, Will Miller and David McDonough, providing some extensive detail on just about every aspect of the game. Everything from the different biomes to the victory conditions to the influences affecting the game design – way too much for me to write about here. If you're a fan of the Civilization series and/or Alpha Centauri, you'll definitely want to read the interview (Source 2).
Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth is expected to arrive on PC this fall!