I can't stand writing about preorder bonuses, but I love me some release dates. Thus, here we are writing about Civilization: Beyond Earth, Firaxis' next big release and while not a sequel, a direct follow-up to the core gameplay behind Civilization V. Everyone will be taking their settlements into space starting October 24, sticking Beyond Earth right into the mix of huge October release. They ain't got what, Beyond Earth does, though. Mmm, strategy.
Like mentioned before, Beyond Earth also has something else: preorder bonuses. Somewhere in between the fine print of which retailers will have the content and which won't, we learn that preordering the latest Civilization will net the Exoplanet map pack. It's a bundle of six maps that are, you know, more fun to play than just random maps... I guess. It's just a dumb preorder bonus, okay!?
- Kepler 186f: This lush forest planet is one of the oldest known Earth-like planets
- Rigil Khantoris Bb: Orbiting the closest star to our solar system, the historical records of this arid continental planet's settlement are well-preserved
- Tau Ceti d: This planet of seas and archipelagos features a booming biodiversity and a wealth of resources
- Mu Arae f: Tidally locked in orbit around a weak star, the southern hemisphere of this planet is a blistering desert where the sun never sets, while the northern hemisphere is perpetually in frozen darkness
- 82 Eridani e: An alien world of scarce water and wracked by tectonic forces
- Eta Vulpeculae b: A mysterious new discovery with unknown terrain
Oh, damn it all Firaxis. You had to name each map like they're some epic sci-fi setting in an Isaac Asimov novel. Now I have to get the damn preorder bonus.
Really though, just make sure to erase one of the other dozen games in October from your calendar and make room for Civilization: Beyond Earth. Better yet, erase all of them, because this is a Civilization game we're talking about. It doesn't like you playing other games while there are turns to be finished.
Civilization: Beyond Earth will be available starting October 24 exclusively on the PC, retailing for $50. Check out an all new gameplay walkthrough, as well as an "Inside Look" video.