Sid Meier’s Starships goes beyond Beyond Earth

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Firaxis and 2K want to take gamers out into the galactic map. They just announced Sid Meier’s Starships, a strategy game set in the Civilization: Beyond Earth universe. The turn-based game puts players in charge of a federation of planets seeking to control the whole galaxy. Game designer Sid Meier explained to Gamespot that the game is a story sequel to last year’s strategy game set on one planet.

What happens after we colonize our new home and eventually build starships to take to the stars? What has become of our long-lost brothers and sisters from the planet Earth?

Since they’re related by story elements, Firaxis promises that there will be in-game connectivity between Starships and Beyond Earth, although they did not specify the extent of that feature. Sid Meier’s Starships is due to launch later this year for PC, iOS, and Mac systems.