Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth announced

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Firaxis and 2K Games have announced the next installment of their Civilization strategy games. Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth was revealed at PAX East. The game will build on the framework of Civilization, but the time frame is the far future. According to the teaser video, humanity seeks to build a new home on other planets. PC Gamer interviewed lead designers Will Miller and David McDonough to talk about the obvious influences.

David McDonough: I grew up on the Civ games. Like you, I played Alpha Centauri until my eyes bled. When we very first got the option to make the game, to us it was making a game about the idea of Alpha Centauri, the idea of the future of humanity. That as expressed by a Civ game, we sort of figured out. Part of that was inspired by Alpha Centauri, part of it was inspired by the Civ legacy, and part of it just invented. Civ is about the history of mankind, it travels ground that everybody knows already. This game is about the future, which nobody knows, so we get to make it up. That’s where I started.

Will Miller: Yeah, the influence of Alpha Centauri will be apparent, but it’s in winks and nods – it’s an homage to that game – this game really is meant to be our version of the place that game sat when it came out. It’s our version of this idea of mankind in space, and we started with that perspective of the fiction and the narrative, and also of Civ V. Civ V has enjoyed a huge success. There are lots of parts of that game that people really like, and we’re building on the Civ V technology, so we took a lot of influences from that as well. If you’re a Civ V player, you’ll feel right at home.

Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth is scheduled to launch in the Fall of this year. Since the game will support modding, work on the Chairman Sheng-Ji Yang mod has probably already begun.