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Looks like Civilization is getting a reboot and it's called "Civilization: Beyond Earth". The great news is that multiple sources are stating Linux is a platform of choice now for Firaxis.

The scope of the game just sounds massive and it's not set on Earth, it's set on an alien planet.

Sadly we aren't yet big enough to get press-releases for AAA games (Firaxis or 2K if you are watching, sort that out will you!). So, you will have to bear with me on this as it is pieced from other sites.

I have reached out to both 2K and Firaxis for proper confirmation.

It sounds like a true next-gen Civilisation with inspiration from Alpha Centauri too, along with new features like these:
  • 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.

Due for this "fall", time to get excited folks.

Sauce: Kotaku.

UPDATE - Luckily 2K games emailed back rather quickly on this one.
QuoteHi Liam,

To answer your question, yes, Civilization: Beyond Earth will release on Linux, as well as Windows PC.


2K PR Manager

So, there you have it. It really is coming to Linux and I have now been added to their press list, so I won't miss things and will be able to confirm right away in future.
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jordicoma commented on 12 April 2014 at 3:52 pm UTC

As a civilization and linux fan this is a great news. Will it be a sequel of alpha sentaury? A sequel of civ V, a mix of the two? Or a completely different game? Something from pandora? I wonder how implement this "quests". It seems the orbital layer only is from support. Hope in a future can be space wars, and space stations.

It's a great time to be on linux.

ps:I remember the old rumors about the civV on linux it was close to reality.

PCMasterRace commented on 12 April 2014 at 3:55 pm UTC

The PCMasterRace has prevailed and now all the dirty console peasants will see the awesomeness of the PCMasterRace

Sslaxx commented on 12 April 2014 at 3:56 pm UTC

Wonder if they're speculating on there being a Linux version due to the Civ V rumours.

Sabun commented on 12 April 2014 at 4:30 pm UTC

I thought Civ 5 was the one coming to Linux. If that's not, then I have my doubts on this. Until Firaxis says it themselves, I will restrain myself from getting happy and hyped up on it

Teodosio commented on 12 April 2014 at 5:06 pm UTC

Oh, yes

BillNyeTheBlackGuy commented on 12 April 2014 at 5:45 pm UTC

Until we see some actual proof, then this is wishful thinking. Look how long it's taking them to port Enemy Unknown to linux.

liamdawe commented on 12 April 2014 at 5:57 pm UTC


Read the updated at the bottom, you heard it here folks!

crackhash commented on 12 April 2014 at 6:03 pm UTC

great news

Sslaxx commented on 12 April 2014 at 6:04 pm UTC

Very nice indeed! A pleasure to see AAA publishers like T2 supporting Linux.

crackhash commented on 12 April 2014 at 6:05 pm UTC

great news

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