Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth is a new science-fiction-themed entry into the award winning Civilization series. As part of an expedition sent to find a home beyond Earth, lead your people into a new frontier, explore and colonize an alien planet and create a new civilization in space.
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Release Date: Oct 23, 2014

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May 11

Take One More Turn in Civilization VI

We’re excited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Civilization franchise by announcing Sid Meier’s Civilization VI, the next entry in the award-winning turn-based strategy franchise. Be sure to follow the Steam Community group here and add the game to your Steam wishlist!
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI, set to launch on PC on October 21, 2016, offers new ways to interact with your world, expand your empire across the map, advance your culture and compete against history’s greatest leaders to build a civilization that will truly stand the test of time. Your story begins later this year!

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI includes:

  • EXPANSIVE EMPIRES: See the marvels of your empire spread across the map like never before. Each city spans multiple tiles so you can custom build your cities to take full advantage of the local terrain.
  • ACTIVE RESEARCH: Unlock boosts that speed your civilization’s progress through history. To advance more quickly, use your units to actively explore, develop your environment, and discover new cultures.
  • DYNAMIC DIPLOMACY: Interactions with other civilizations change over the course of the game, from primitive first interactions where conflict is a fact of life, to late game alliances and negotiations.
  • COMBINED ARMS: Expanding on the “one unit per tile” design, support units can now be embedded with other units, like anti-tank support with infantry, or a warrior with settlers. Similar units can also be combined to form powerful “Corps” units.
  • ENHANCED MULTIPLAYER: In addition to traditional multiplayer modes, cooperate and compete with your friends in a wide variety of situations all designed to be easily completed in a single session.
  • A CIV FOR ALL PLAYERS: Civilization VI provides veteran players new ways to build and tune their civilization for the greatest chance of success. New tutorial systems are designed to introduce new players to the underlying concepts of Civilization so they can easily get started on a path to victory.
Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #OneMoreTurn, and be sure to follow the Civilization franchise on social media to keep up to date with the latest news and information on Sid Meier’s Civilization VI.

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“A must play for strategy fans”
9 out of 10 – GAME INFORMER

“Successfully injects new life into Sid Meier's long-running strategy series”
9 out of 10 – POLYGON

9 out of 10 – DESTRUCTOID

About This Game

Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth is a new science-fiction-themed entry into the award-winning Civilization series. Set in the future, global events have destabilized the world leading to a collapse of modern society, a new world order and an uncertain future for humanity. As the human race struggles to recover, the re-developed nations focus their resources on deep space travel to chart a new beginning for mankind.

As part of an expedition sent to find a home beyond Earth, you will write the next chapter for humanity as you lead your people into a new frontier and create a new civilization in space. Explore and colonize an alien planet, research new technologies, amass mighty armies, build incredible Wonders and shape the face of your new world. As you embark on your journey you must make critical decisions. From your choice of sponsor and the make-up of your colony, to the ultimate path you choose for your civilization, every decision opens up new possibilities.


  • Seed the Adventure: Establish your cultural identity by choosing one of eight different expedition sponsors, each with its own leader and unique gameplay benefits. Assemble your spacecraft, cargo & colonists through a series of choices that directly seed the starting conditions when arriving at the new planet.
  • Colonize an Alien World: Explore the dangers and benefits of a new planet filled with dangerous terrain, mystical resources, and hostile life forms unlike those of Earth. Build outposts, unearth ancient alien relics, tame new forms of life, develop flourishing cities and establish trade routes to create prosperity for your people.
  • 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. The technology web is organized around three broad themes, each with a distinct victory condition.
  • Orbital Layer: Build and deploy advanced military, economic and scientific satellites 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 alien world.
  • Mod support: Robust mod support allows you to customize and extend your game experience.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows® Vista SP2/ Windows® 7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz or AMD Athlon X2 64 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB ATI HD3650 or better, 256 MB nVidia 8800 GT or better, or Intel HD 3000 or better integrated graphics
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c‐compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: Other Requirements: Initial installation requires one-time Internet connection for Steam authentication; software installations required (included with the game) include Steam Client, Microsoft Visual C++2012 Runtime Libraries and Microsoft DirectX.
    • OS: Windows® Vista SP2 / Windows® 7
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Quad Core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD HD5000 series or better (or ATI R9 series for Mantle support), nVidia GT400 series or better, or Intel IvyBridge or better integrated graphics
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c‐compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: DirectX: DirectX version 11, or Mantle (with supported video card)
    • OS: 10.9.5 (Mavericks), 10.10 (Yosemite)
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 (2.2 ghz)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon 4850 / nVidia 640M /Intel HD 4000
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: NOTICE: It is possible for Mac and PC to become out of sync during updates or patches. Within this short time period, Mac users will only be able to play other Mac users. NOTICE: The following video chipsets are unsupported for Civilization: Beyond Earth (Mac) • ATI Radeon X1000 series, HD 2400, 2600, 3870, 4670, 6490, 6630 • NVIDIA GeForce 7000 series, 8600, 8800, 9400, 9600, 320, 330, GT 120 • Intel GMA series, HD 3000
    • OS: SteamOS, Ubuntu 14.04
    • Processor: Intel Core i3, AMD A10
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 260
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Don't meet the above requirements? That doesn't mean your configuration wont run Civilization: Beyond Earth. Visit the Beyond Earth community page to share your experience with other Linux players and learn about how to send bugs to Aspyr. Your feedback will help us improve Civilization: Beyond Earth Linux and future AAA Linux releases!
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29 of 35 people (83%) found this review helpful
336.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
A late review and why I think you should buy CIV: BE on a sale.

Going to be short, but this version of Civilization requires you to know wtf are you doing, you can't casually walk on a tech tree like in Civ V, you can't let your scout autoexplore, you can't mindlessly ignore the quest system, you can't, you can't, you can't.

The tech web makes it so you have options, but knowing your endgoal is a must in this game so you don't get lost in said web, like I did starting out. "I guess I'll research genetics, my advisor suggests so" - No, this is wrong, - "I am researching genetics because else I am getting into negative health within 30 turns" - this is the approach.

Cultural synergy makes you plan ahead, once again, because if you don't take it into account - you play suboptimally and lose.

Quests, Diplomatic capital( abilities and agreements ), orbital management - Civ BE has a lot of systems, many may think more than needed, but when I realised how everything works together, the game started shining for me. I really enjoy the excessive amount of things I need to keep in mind when playing, to play optimally. This feeling when everything you do is done with a far going plan in mind, when everything works, when you adapt your strategy on the fly and everything still goes according to the plan - that is why I launch Civilization BE every once in a while.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
26.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Have you tried Civ5? You haven't? Try and then come back!

Firstly, To those who haven't played Civilization V I recommend to go back and play that instead, and then come back here. When you've had enough of Civ5 then comes time for this expansion standalone game called Beyond Earth. Still it's a really nice expansion of the basic game, pretty enjoyable, so why all that negativity? Maybe the reason is that Beyond Earth still feels more like Mode or DLC for Civ5 not overcharged standalone that it is. Nevertheless if we put this fact aside and focus on the gameplay and other aspects of the game, Beyond Erth together with its major expansion Rising Tide still can be an amazing piece which can offer dozens of hours of fun.


Virtues and personal traits - Cultural and political development as in previous titles is nice, simple and gently improves the gameplay.
Victories - New possibilities of how to win enhanced with more than just "build and win" (some of them)
Affinities - You can choose, depending on your gamestyle, which path you will go down. Purity, supremacy or harmony. Progress is made through technologies you research, quests you complete and decisions you make during the game.
Unit upgrades - Unit improves and changes their appearance depending on affinities you chose.
Quests and decisions


TechTree - it's nice loooking on some different "exotic" kind of techtree (techWeb here) than we are accustomed to. Nevertheless it feels like most of the tech is useless when you get some first esencials. In later stages of the game I clicked on anything just to have some research progress though not needing any.


AI is immensely stupid and not balanced. Increasing difficulty feels only like AI has many factors favouring his civilization, but the same playstyle. If you attack even the strongest AI early in the game, it can be extremely weakened and won't be able to compete with you afterwards.
✪ No scenery, No campaign, just skirmish.
✪ There is not much of a difference between civilizations you choose to play as. The only differences are colour on the map, leader appearence and one minor almost not recognizable benefit.
✪ There are no leaderboards, no history and no record on anything when you finish the game. I just want to know info about what every player focused on and what every competing civilization did the whole game.

6.5 /10 The game is fun and enjoyable overall, but I do not feel like it has much progress next to the previous titles. I recommend only those who played properly Civ5 and are looking for something familiar.
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13 of 21 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
There are two main issues with this game. Firstly, it's basically DLC for Civ 5. The base game wasn't any good and this new skin doesn't do anything new to impress me. Sure, it reskins a bunch of tiles and units and adds orbitals, with a new tech tree. Yeah, those sound like overarching changes... except when you realize that every DLC for Civ 5 does the same thing. It's Civ 5 in space, and not very compelling at the price of a full game. Steeply discounted, if the only thing you wish you had more of in your Civ 5 was space... sure, go for it. Not my cup of tea but for the right person, absolutely.

The other issue is that this game is to Alpha Centauri what Civ 5 is to the rest of the Civ series: that is, a poor approximation. You'd think after decades of technology and publishing experience Firaxis would be able to improve on a game from the early 90s, but they didn't. I am not saying this with rose-tinted glasses. After playing Beyond Earth, I actaully reinstalled Alpha Centauri to see if my fond memories were an illusion; to see if I was being unfair to this new installment in the Civ franchise.

Nope. Alpha Centauri plays like a dream, even nearly 25 years after the fact. And the sad thing is that Beyond Earth really doesn't do anything new and interesting that Alpha Centauri doesn't already do. In fact, Alpha Centauri is a more full-featured game than Beyond Earth is, ~25 years later. That alone is a huge disappointment.

This review is being made for the base game of Beyond Earth. I've been so disappointed by the Civ franchise's releases since Civ 5 that it has become increasingly unlikely that I'll purchase any of their future games. They had their heyday, and now their output quality has gone the way of a 70-year old street hooker's sexual desirability; it's still on the street corner for a desperate pickup, but it's really not worth any decent prospector's valuable time.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
51.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Don't buy. Don't support money grabbing developers. This game is completely abandoned and will not receive anymore updates. They have moved on to Civilization 6 and will never care for this game ever again.

This game lacks everything Alpha Centauri was and much much more. Beyond Earth draws alot of parallels with Civilization 5 despite tech tree changes and ocean city building. The only redeeming factor is the alien lifeforms, which shares the same mechanisms as barbarians with a hostile/friendly switch depending on whether you attack them or not. Alpha Centauri does this dynamic much better by incorporating the player's enviromental impact on the planet, with the planet's innate terrestrial lifeforms.

The AI in this game plays very defensive and is relatively easy to dominate on the hardest difficulty. Diplomatic power plays well with the different tradable doctrines. However, falls short when it comes to the classic Sid Meirer narrative.

This game costed 60$ upon release with the Tidal expansion DLC 30$. Anyone who payed that amount is to this day, disappointed, and very likely never to trust Firaxis' compentency ever again. Including the upcoming Civilization Six. If you buy this game now, know that you are supporting complacency within, the already ever growing pretentiousness of, delusional game creators and artists.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
60.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
It's not Alpha Centauri, which is unfortunate. However it is Civ V in space, and Civ V is pretty good.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
To be honest, i don't see why people seem to hold this game in contempt. It offers all the essentials of a Civilization game plus a few extra features all in a new and unique setting. It seems unjust to churn out negative reviews for trying something new.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
132.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
The aliens kept sending their siege worms, so I used my tiny hands to build a ultrasonic fence and made ARC great again.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
I wasnt sure how to review this at first, but after 7 hrs of gameplay I can say its very good. Its a lot diferent from previous CIV games as its in space. But its a nice break from playing Civ 5 to come to this. I switch between the both. !0/10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
654.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Has its flaws, but still good overall
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
Nowhere near as addictive as Civ V. Textures lack colour, factions lack individuality and the game seems to lack depth. Hold out for Civ VI.
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10.6 hrs
Posted: October 22
completely ♥♥♥♥ buy some cheeky CS:GO skins, or civ 6 instead xddd
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20.0 hrs
Posted: October 22
i like all the civ games,(except for 4) and this one too.
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4.3 hrs
Posted: October 21
I Bought This Game Because It Looked Promising And I Love Civilization 5, And It Was On Sale For 75% Off. I Can See Why Some People Have Described This Game As A Mod For CIV 5, With Many Aspects The Same And Not A Whole Lot New, However I Would Consider This Game A Completely New One (Or At Least Another Game In It's Series). The Additon Of Native Aliens Provides Much More Diversity Than Barbarians, And You Have An Option On Relations WIth Those Nave Species (Wildlife) Unlike With Alwyas Hostile Barbarians In CIV 5. The Major Change Is The HUD (Research Screen, Etc). Overall The Changes In The Game Range From Small To Large, And Makes The Game Semi Different From CIV 5.
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83.4 hrs
Posted: October 20
Didn't even know this was a "mixed" review game, since I got it through humble bundle

83 hours logged, still don't know why it's "mixed"
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34.5 hrs
Posted: October 20
This game is a complete waste of money. I would highly recommend that anyone thinking of buying it should instead throw their $59.99 off of the Golden Gate Bridge.
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9.8 hrs
Posted: October 20
New planet, same problems
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14.4 hrs
Posted: October 19
Awesome game. My only compliant is that you can't stack units.
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27.1 hrs
Posted: October 19
people qq because techtree is too confusing rip
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4.5 hrs
Posted: October 19
Completly won't work anymore
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