Legendary world-building developer Sid Meier, responsible for the Civilization series, announced the next project that will take players back into space with Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth. While this may be the first named Civilization game to take place off earth it looks to make up for the commercial flop that was 1996's Alpha Centauri.

Beyond Earth is currently in development by Sid Meier's studio, Firaxis Games, for Windows PC. Set to drop this fall the game will send players on a expedition from a dying Earth to explore and colonize a new alien planet. Players will need to evolve and terraform their new planet by leading one of eight drastically different factions.

So why is this new space game that sounds almost exactly like Alpha Centauri not a sequel? Turns out that the name is still owned by Electronic Arts, so while this may be a spiritual successor/remake it won't be named as such.

Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth is set to drop this fall on Windows PC. Can't wait? Want to get your feet wet in some psychic worms? Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri is available at gog.com and although it was a commercial failure, it received some of the highest review scores of the Civilization series. Check out the intro to Alpha Centauri below. Looks pretty similar eh?

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