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Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

2K and Firaxis Games have announced that Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth, a new science fiction-themed entry in the award-winning Civilization franchise, is currently in development by Firaxis Games for Windows-based PCs. The game will also be coming to Mac and Linux via Aspyr Media. Scheduled for release this fall, Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth will send players on an expedition from Earth to lead their people into a new frontier to explore and colonize an alien planet, and create a new civilization.

Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth will propel the development of human civilization beyond the traditional timeline of a Civilization game, by exploring humanity’s future on an alien world. For the first time, players will lead factions divided by contrasting cultures and evolve their new civilizations to reflect their chosen destiny. Players will experience an array of new gameplay possibilities, including nonlinear technological progression, deeper customization of chosen factions, and an entire alien world that will change the very identity of each faction based on their choices.

“Having celebrated its 23rd anniversary last year, Civilization has cemented its reputation as one of the greatest and longest running franchises in video game history,” said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. “Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth builds upon that success by pushing the series in new directions with players exploring an unknown future on an alien planet.”

“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 of creative development at Firaxis Games. “We’ve always let our fans create the history of mankind, and Civilization: Beyond Earth will now let them create the future.”

Key features of Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth include:

  • Seed the Adventure: Players will establish a cultural identity, select a leader and sponsor an expedition by assembling the spacecraft, cargo and colonists through a series of choices that directly impact starting conditions when arriving on the new alien planet.
  • Alien World: Exploring the benefits and dangers of a new planet filled with dangerous terrain, mystical resources and hostile lifeforms unlike those of Earth, players will build outposts, unearth ancient alien relics, tame new forms of life, develop flourishing cities and establish trade routes to create prosperity for their people.
  • New Technology Web: Reflecting forward progress in an uncertain future, technology advancement will occur through a series of nonlinear choices that affect the development of mankind. The tech web is organized around three broad themes, each with a distinct victory condition.
  • New Quest System: Quests are infused with fiction about the planet, and will help guide players through a series of side missions that will aid in the collection of resources, upgrading units, and advancing through the game.
  • New Orbital Layer: Players will build and deploy advanced military, economic and scientific satellites that provide strategic offensive, defensive and support capabilities from orbit.
Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth is not yet rated by the ESRB, and will be available for Mac, Windows, and Linux PCs in North America this fall for $49.99.

For more information visit the site below and check out the announcement trailer on YouTube.

Civilization: Beyond Earth Announcement Trailer
Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth

Save A Bundle In The LEGO Easter Sale At MGS
6:00 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Mac Game Store and Feral Interactive have teamed up to offer Easter savings of up to 75% on LEGO titles. Games like LEGO Batman, LEGO Indiana Jones 2, and LEGO The Lord Of The Rings are on sale now.

Titles in the MGS Easter LEGO sale:

LEGO Batman
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues
LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
LEGO The Lord of the Rings
Check out the links below for more information.

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Buy The Aspyr Fantastic 3 Bundle And Get A $5 Coupon
6:00 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

A new bundle of games, The Aspyr Fantastic 3 Bundle, is now available for a limited time at the Mac Game Store for $19.95. The compilation includes BioShock Infinite, Sid Meier's Civilization V, and Borderlands 2, as well as a $5 coupon toward the purchase of any Aspyr game.

Learn more at the links below.

Aspyr Fantastic 3 Bundle
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The Countdown Begins For Baldur's Gate
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 11 comments

Overhaul Games and Beamdog recently updated their Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition website with a countdown timer set to end in a couple of days. Representatives of the company have previously suggested downloadable content for BGEE and BG2EE was part of the plan, but fans can only speculate on what will be revealed at the end of the countdown.

Click over to the site below to check out the timer.

Baldur's Gate Countdown
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Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition
Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition

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