Civilization: Beyond Earth Mac to Arrive Day and Date with PC, Linux
Mac games come and mostly go. Sid Meier’s Civilization arrived in 1991 and has kept coming ever since. And, later this year, Civilization Beyond Earth Mac will take the franchise, and humanity, to new worlds.
Civilization: Beyond Earth Mac will arrive day and date with versions for Windows and Linux, later this year in the Fall. Wow, Linux, really? I’m sure people used to feel the same about games on the Mac.
“The Civ team was excited about the opportunity to continue the story of Civilization into the future, because it allows the team to break free of historical context,” said Sid Meier, director, creative development, Firaxis Games. “We’ve always let our fans create the history of mankind, and Civilization: Beyond Earth will now let them create the future.”
Here are some of the features Civilization: Beyond Earth Mac players (teaser trailer below) can look forward to:
Seed the Adventure: Establish your cultural identity by choosing one of eight different expedition sponsors, each with its own leader and unique gameplay benefits
Colonize an Alien World: Explore the dangers and benefits of a new planet filled with dangerous terrain, mystical resources, and hostile life forms. Build outposts, unearth ancient alien relics, tame new forms of life, develop flourishing cities and establish trade routes
Technology Web: To reflect progress forward into an uncertain future, technology advancement occurs through a series of nonlinear choices that affect the development of mankind
Quest System: Quests are injected with fiction about the planet, and help to guide you through side-missions that will aid in resource collection, unit upgrades and advancement
Orbital Layer: Build and deploy advanced military, economic and scientific units that provide strategic offensive, defensive and support capabilities from orbit
Unit Customization: Unlock different upgrades through the tech web and customize your units to reflect your play style
Multiplayer: Up to 8 players can compete for dominance of a new world
Mod support: Robust mod support allows you to customize and extend your game experience
Multi-display Support: Panoramic gameplay on up to six HD displays from a single graphics card
Civilization: Beyond Earth Mac
It will be interesting to see how that last item, panoramic gameplay on up to six HD displays, gets implemented and if it comes to the Mac. As things stand now, only the 2013 Mac Pro and its dual GPUs can support six displays.
So, is this Alpha Centuri II? Given that Electronic Arts owns copyrights on that earlier extra-solar colonization game, Beyond Earth Mac will be significantly different if only in terms of the lore and the most obvious game conceits.
Ready to play Civilization: Beyond Earth Mac? What’s a reasonable price to pay, $49.99?