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

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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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49 of 56 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
36.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
The game is OK. It has loads of potential that will never be realized because 2K has abandoned it. Would only recommend a buy during a 50% off or better sale.
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22 of 27 people (81%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
462.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
You know why I like this game so much? Because for the last 20 years I've been training warriors and researching pottery. 20 years. Finally something different comes out and they don't even bother with a second DLC. Get off my lawn.
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30 of 44 people (68%) found this review helpful
74.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
Classic Civ players will find this more like the Alpha Centauri game than classic civ, but if you liked it and understand teh Civ interface you can jump in pretty quickly. Then the changes happen, with lots of strange future tech, factions, and the creatures versus barbarians antagonist (or not). Quirkly someone vague victory conditions, the pseudoscience of the techs, and not many net positive mechanical changes from Civ IV make it less than perfect.

It's not Civ IV or Civ V, but it is still a good game. I have had alot of fun with it, and feel that you could justify the value at full price, but should try and get it at least 50% off ( > $15USD), and it has been out on the Wb for as low as $10US. Apparently the DLC makes it a better game, but I don't have that yet, and will review that separately when I do finally purchase.

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23 of 34 people (68%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
69.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
A very underwhelming game that was promised so much more. Before release, the devs talked about all the interconnectedness from Civ V to Starships to this, and today. Nothing.

The game is a scenario pack for Civ V that doesn't even have the main game's features.

This is a stripped down, reskin.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
73.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
This is my first real review, but I feel that this game is missunderstood and underappreciated so I hope to improve on that.

Beyond Earth is similar to other Civilization franchise games, but different enough to feel fresh. It's like a new game that you already know how to play. With aliens. And lasers.

It is not as profound as classic Civ games, but I like the fact that the average game is shorter, with this game a quick skirmish doesn't last weeks. I feel that because of this they removed the cost for upgrading units, changed the evolution tree and made affinities...
Without the DLC the game feels like it is lacking, but with the Rising Tide complexity rises considerably; I adore the new hybrid affinities, the new diplomacy is ok, personality traits are awesome. Connection to Sid Meier's Starship is also a neat bonus, ehich enhances immersity in the game universe.

It also runs well on non-gaming laptops and steam cloud save works seamlessly; to me this is of a paramount importance, because I like to play it on my gaming PC as well on my laptop.
A Steam controller is almost a must have for Civilization games, after a quick personalization it makes everything so much quicker and effortless...

The main CON of this game is it's full price. If Beyond Earth, Rising Tide and Sid Meier's Starship came on the market as one complete game I feel it would get the praise it rightfully deserves. With it's current marketing it on sale, as have I.
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12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
50.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
Great addition to the series, very similar to CIV 5 but in some ways unique and interesting. The whole space exploration theme and planets with alien life is definetly my thing so I give this thumbs up!
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
186.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
So far after 100 plus hours of gameplay of Beyond Earth I'd give this Civilization game five stars. I like the whole space concept and the different ways to victory. Plenty of fun achievements to keep you busy for days even weeks.

I wish you could choose allies during war to help you destroy the enemy and choose your terms during peace talks, other than that top notch game.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
323.7 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 should be clear to you so you don't get lost in it, 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 them 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
Not a great game at all. A waste of money.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
654.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Has its flaws, but still good overall
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35.9 hrs
Posted: September 29
More than 3 dozen hours in this game and now I can safely say:

The price of this scenario (on the add-on is not drawn) for 5 Civ maximum of 4$

It is really just repainting units (they are the same for all factions!) and cut out functions (minus religion, diplomacy, tourism, etc.)

The glory of capitalism! :(

больше 3х десяткой часов отыгранно и теперь я могу смело сказать:

цена этого СЦЕНАРИЯ (на аддон не тянет) для 5 Цивы максимум рублей 200

это реально просто перерисовка юнитов (при чем они для вех фракции одинаковые!) и покоцанные фунции (минус религя, дипломатия, туризм и пр.)

слава капитализму! :(
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44.6 hrs
Posted: September 28
Haven't really played Civilisation before except for Civ V a little. Beyond Earth is a great game that reminds me of Alpha Centauri.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: September 28
Really dissappointing with depressing colors, slow loading on 2250 Mb/s SSD, resolution in 1920x1080 like 640x480, etc. Deleting it a wekk after the purchase, shame on the creators.
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103.3 hrs
Posted: September 28
suuuuuuuucks! Biggger Maps a;ready!!!
more interaction! How could you design such a great DLC as brave new world and somehow take a ♥♥♥♥ on this? I will not be playing this particular game again.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: September 28
Game didn't cost 25 dollar. srsly)
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Wreked 'em
65.8 hrs
Posted: September 28
So let me start by acknowledging that this game is generally unpopular among the Civ community.

Frankly this game is professionally done 'total overhaul' mod for Civ 5. Mechanics are almost exactly the same, albeit renamed. The affinity system is the only truly new mechanic. This would have made a phenomenal final add-on for Civ 5. After building your spaceshis your empire is the first to settle another planet. Ghandi would be so jelly.

That being said, I still have tons of fun with this game, especially after installing Rising Tide, which lets you spread your empire to the oceans. The early-game is mostly fighting the planet, and feeling out other colonies, mid-game is choosing an affinity, and making alliances, late game is eitherdominating the planet, or building your affinity's victory tech, or contacting aliens.

Overall 9/10 Wouldn't mind more DLC.
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3.1 hrs
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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8.9 hrs
Posted: September 27
To be honest I dont care that it is basicly Civ V in space
A Civ game is a Civ game to me
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17.2 hrs
Posted: September 27
So beyond the confusing tech tree (which you will eventually learn your way around) and maybe the lack of leaders (which in turn means you get more familiar with those there are),

I feel this game gets a lot more right than Civ 5, in comparison. The story elements are more - well they are there to begin with.
More customization to your faction beyond your faction's effects adds more depth than previous games.

I very often hear "all the units look the same"... ... ... So did they in Civ 5? Actually they are more diverse here, due to the alignment effect on appearance. Literally all units that weren't special units in Civ 5 looked the same.

The game is less of a wonder-rush. Which in turn is more welcoming to new-comers and diversifies the game. Which is good. I mean honestly there are only 2-3 strategies to win in Civ 5, all which evolves around rushing either Great Library or something else - don't pretend Civ 5 is diverse when it comes to that.

It's also sci-fi. So if you're into that...
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