Civilization: Beyond Earth gets its first official patch

The very first major patch for Civilization: Beyond Earth is now readily available to download from Steam. Developer 2K Games says that this update is a “collaborative effort” between them and all the players who provided valuable feedback. Thanks to these players various problems have been identified and subsequently fixed with this patch. Some of the most common problems that were addressed include the 144hz monitor issue and other problems related to screen resolution on certain displays, a bug that prevented certain achievements from unlocking, and various issues with quests, to name just a few. In addition to all the bug fixes, the first patch to Civilization: Beyond Earth also brings a host of gameplay balance changes to the game.

There are a plethora of changes here, so I’ll only mention a few of the highlights here. For example, once the AI fulfills one of the default win conditions and manages to claim victory, you will see an explanation for why you lost on the defeat screen. This might seem pretty intuitive at first glance but Civilization: Beyond Earth actually launched without this feature, which lead to plenty of confusion. It’s not exactly useful when the defeat screen says that you’ve lost but fails to also mention why. Luckily the patch fixed that. Another interesting and useful change comes in the form of the warning button that lets you know whenever you have a city with high intrigue. Also, the tech web was improved with color underlays for building and wonder types. For the full list of changes implemented to Civilization: Beyond Earth check out the full patch notes here

The update should normally start downloading automatically when you fire up Steam. However, if it doesn’t, you might wanna try restarting the client and see if it starts downloading then. Civilization: Beyond Earth is available for Windows, Linux, and OS X.