While PC Gamers will get Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth, Linux and Mac users still have to wait a while before they will be able to play it. The exact release date for these platforms still isn’t known, but 2K Games confirmed that Beyond Earth will be available on Steam (for Linux and Mac) and on Apple’s Mac App Store this holiday season.
The developer also confirmed that Civilization: Beyond Earth on Linux and Mac will have the same features and gameplay as the Windows PC one. Additionally, the game will benefit of cross-platform multiplayer through Steam.
Civilization: Beyond Earth on Linux and Mac is published by Aspyr Media. The company’s VP of Publishing, Elizabeth Howard, praises Firaxis’ game. “The teams from Firaxis and 2K have done an astounding job of expanding on the core Civ experience in Beyond Earth”, she said, adding that Aspyr is proud to bring the same experience to Mac and Linux users. Aspyr Media also brought other titles on the before mentioned platforms. These include Sid Meier’s Civilization III, Sid Meier’s Civilization IV on Mac and Civilization V on Mac and Linux.
Civilization: Beyond Earth is an upcoming Real Time Strategy game, set in the near future, when humans have made Earth inhabitable and have to leave the planet. When they start their session, players have to establish a cultural identity, select a leader and sponsor an expedition by making choices regarding the spacecraft, cargo and colonists. These choices have a direct impact over the starting conditions once the ship arrives on the alien planet.
Among the new features present in Civilization: Beyond Earth, there is a technology web, meaning that technological advancement comes after a series of non-linear choices. Another feature is a brand new quest system, as each quest contains fiction about the respective planet, helping players collect resources, upgrade units and advance through the game. For more information regarding the game, you can visit the official Civilization website.