Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth E3 2014 Demo Released

By   /   Jun 17, 2014

A demo of Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth that was featured at E3 2014 last week has now been released online for everyone to marvel at.

The turn-based game is finally leaving our world and heading into the cosmos, scouting unknown planets along the way for new horizons to expand upon. The demo showcases how Beyond Earth pretty much borrows the basic elements from Civilization V, featuring the same view, hex titles and such.

Over on Reddit, many seem disappointed by the demo, to whom Beyond Earth seems more like a re-skinned Civilization V title. While it’s not certain, the game does seem to be running on the same engine, something else that has made the community frown.

With a new setting, many were expecting Beyond Earth to offer a fresh start. The game’s borrowed UI and many other elements from Civilization V puts a clamp on that expectation.

This is just the initial previews that we’ve gotten. Firaxis probably has its hands full and needs to address the community over the subject.

Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth is scheduled for release sometime this Fall for the PC and marks the first time that a Civilization game has featured a sci-fi setup. Those familiar with the series would instantly recall Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri, which Firaxis released back in 1999.

Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth will have players colonizing new planets, while defending themselves from the local threats. Many of the changes introduced in 2010’s Sid Meier’s Civilization V will also be included, such as hexagonal tiles and the absence of unit stacking.

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