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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November 30, 2015

The Wonder War and Chungsu's New Colors: Changes to Beyond Earth - Rising Tide

There is a new update available for Rising Tide. This update introduces the Wonder War, allows for Domination-focused plundering of an opponent’s final city, adds additional information about Artifact rewards, expands the Black Market Covert Op, and makes additional bug fixes and UI improvements. And last but not least, we’ve updated the colors for Chungsu.

The full patch notes are far too long to paste here, so please refer to the Civilization blog below for the full list of changes.


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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!
Helpful customer reviews
99 of 125 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2015
It all comes down to one question: Is the game fun?
The answer is, No.

-Core Civ mechanics are there
-Graphics are pretty, at first
-The tech web is really neat
-Unit upgrades look good

-Feels like a chore
-Everything starts to blend together
-No unit diversity in the build que
-AI goes from "Dumb as a rock" to "ROFLstomp" suddenly in difficulty
-Questing system is stale, with no real replay value
-Health system is still broken (Not as bad as from launch)

Ok, so if you're still here I'll explain. I've put in over 300 hours in Civ 5, and I was very excited for this game at launch. I played several games when it launched, but never had any fun. I've come back to it every few months to start games, but I simply didn't have enough fun to go beyond turn 160 or so.
It's been enough time that I decided to try it again. . . And it still isn't fun for the reasons listed above. Although the DLC looks great, and yes I've watched several people play the media demos, it makes me feel betrayed. I spent a time and money on this game, and what should have been a major patch seems to be going into the DLC instead.

I hope the DLC makes the game fun. But, I'm not getting it until it is on a major discount (like 5 bucks). Until then, I can't recommend this game to anyone that enjoys other Civ games.
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60 of 75 people (80%) found this review helpful
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
Alpha Centauri was released in 1999, and in 2014, 15 years later, Beyond Earth is still not as good as Alpha Centauri was. Alpha Centauri created a sci-fi world through its leaders, tech trees, wonders, and short cinematics. Beyond Earth has none of that, with bland, interchangeable leaders, a tech tree that gives no real sense of direction, and fewer gameplay features than a game released in 1999 had.

If you want a better version with this exact gameplay, you can just go play Civilization V. It fixes most of the issues I have with Beyond Earth.

Alpha Centauri was also a better game than Beyond Earth. You should buy Alpha Centauri for $6 instead of paying $40 for Beyond Earth.
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48 of 68 people (71%) found this review helpful
78.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2015
I have been a fan of the Sid Meier's series for years and thoroughly enjoyed playing all of them so far. I would not recommend this latest one though because this is not a full game,

This is only the first part of the game and to get the full experience of the game, not just for the added bonuses, you have to buy the expensive expansion "Rising Tide". After purchasing the expansion, the game is great fun and has many new features which make the gameplay interesting and dynamic.

I would have purchased this game for the price of the two downloads combined but to release a half finished game and then to release 'an expansion' which is actually just the rest of the game is verging on dishonesty.

Also this game has now decided to stop starting and I can no longer play it.

I hope they get the next one right but I will be reading the reviews thoroughly before I purchase it.
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23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
152.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
Sid Meier's Civilization®: Beyond Earth™ is another game from Firaxis and 2k studio.
In this version we're for the first time introduced to other planets,aliens,new nanotechnelogy web and mini quest sytem.
To be honest mini quest system and alien are probably the best thing they ever could do.
Thanks to new system of colonize and exploring we will fear to step at some terrain only to explore it,its all because of danger that is hidden there aka aliens and other civilaztions.

As always at the beggining of every Civilization its less dynamic and more likely "explore and do quest to be better".
So umm its boring but after few rounds you wont say that again 'cause alien attacks,wars with other civilizations,new side quests and more.

Soundtracks are as always beautiful as they used to be , you never feel like song is always the same because they change pretty fast and you can't tell when.
Sounds and soundtrack always were masterpiece and most enjoyable.

As for a strategic game graphics are on godlike leve in my opinion.Difference in quality is only in shaders,shadows and water.
Ultra graphics can run even on low spec PC and Laptop with mini lag spikes.

Verdict - 8/10

I love civilization games so this wasn't dissapoitment as most of people think,i really enjoyed gameplay and will play it even more.
I recommend it to everyone ~ Rich

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43 of 64 people (67%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
174.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
An empty hollow game. Desgined for a gazzilion DLCs
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