Sid Meier’s Starships is a new game set in the same universe as Civilization: Beyond Earth. Firaxis Games is developing the title, while 2K games is the publisher. In the initial announcement yesterday, 2K explained that the game would release early 2015. Starships is a turn-based strategy game that lets players expand their federation while advancing their technology and doing various missions.
In the announcement, 2K teased that the game would feature unique maps on missions. These maps feature, “dynamically generated tactical combat.” This means that each mission will be different from the others in some way. Another big feature hinted at by 2K is cross-connectivity for people who purchase Sid Meier’s Starships and own Civilization: Beyond Earth. The ships used in the game are customizable and players take on the role of the starship commander as they try and spread their power and influence to the farthest reaches of the galaxy. In the game you will protect the inhabitants of various planets, complete missions for materials and money, destroy your enemies in turn-based space combat, and expand the influence of your federation.
Director of creative development at Firaxis Sid Meier explained the ideas behind the game in a press release, “When designing Starships, I was intrigued by the idea of exploring the next chapter in the story of Civilization: Beyond Earth. What happens after we colonize our new home and eventually build starships to take to the stars? What has become of our long-lost brothers and sisters from the planet Earth? My goal was to create an experience that focuses on starship design and combat within a universe filled with interstellar adventure, diplomacy, and exploration.”
Sid Meier’s Starships does not yet have a specific release date announced. However, it will be coming as download only to Mac, PC, and iPad. There was no hint of whether or not the game will ever reach Android and there was no mention of the price.