Firaxis is stepping up its promotion campaign for its upcoming Civilization: Beyond Earth, starting with an official October 24 release date for the PC.
Additionally, the studio released several new videos of the game, namely a gameplay video and a behind-the-scenes video.
The alpha-build gameplay video is taken from Firaxis’s media-only demonstration at E3. It showcases a player committing to one of the game’s three faction affinities, Supremacy, which uses cybernetic enhancements to dominate foreign planets and their inhabitants. BE‘s diplomacy interface, tech web and combat elements are on full display in this demonstration.
The “Inside Look” video is narrated by Firaxis employees Will Miller and David McDonough. Of particular emphasis in the video is BE‘s departure from previous Civilization games by having technologies that currently don’t exist, which forces players to be more adventurous and inquisitive in what technologies to commit to.
Additionally, pre-order bonuses have also been announced, namely in the form of the Exoplanets Map Pack, which will contain six additional maps for players to conquer. These include:
Kepler 186f: This lush forest planet is one of the oldest known Earth-like planets;
Rigil Khantoris Bb: Orbiting the closest star to our solar system, the historical records of this arid continental planet’s settlement are well-preserved;
Tau Ceti d: This planet of seas and archipelagos features a booming biodiversity and a wealth of resources;
Mu Arae f: Tidally locked in orbit around a weak star, the southern hemisphere of this planet is a blistering desert where the sun never sets, while the northern hemisphere is perpetually in frozen darkness;
82 Eridani e: An alien world of scarce water and wracked by tectonic forces;
Eta Vulpeculae b: A mysterious new discovery with unknown terrain.
Civilization: Beyond Earth was announced by Firaxis at PAX East last April and is deemed to be the spiritual successor to the renowned classic Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri. Additionally, the studio released Civilization Revolution 2, a console adaptation of the otherwise PC-centric series, for the iOS a few days ago, with an Android version to follow soon after.