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Civilisation Beyond Earth Beginners Guide

Civilisation Beyond Earth Beginners Guide

Sid Meier's Civilization Beyond Earth - Official Gameplay Video – 'Master Control'

Sid Meier's Civilization Beyond Earth - Official Gameplay Video – 'Master Control'

Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth is a turn-based strategy game created by Sid Meier and Firaxis Games and released on October 24, 2014. Beyond Earth is not an expansion pack for Civilization V; it was released as a standalone game. It is said to be the spiritual successor to Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri. Lead designer David McDonogh has even said "For all the fans out there of Alpha Centauri, this is the game we have made for you."[1]

An expansion pack called Rising Tide was announced in May 2015, and was released on October 9, 2015.


The story of the game takes place approximately 600 years from the present, when humans must leave Earth as a result of an event called "the Great Mistake". In the game, humanity travels through space to start a new life by colonising extraterrestrial planets.


Beyond Earth is unique to the Civilization series: in contrast to the other Civilization games, apart from certain modes of Civilization II: Test of Time, which take place across the historical periods of human history, it takes place in the distant future. Beyond Earth uses the Civ V engine (which means no stacking units, with the exception of civilian/military and orbital units and hexes).

The game also features a number of significant departures from the Civilization series. In the previous Civilization games, players assumed control of historical empires led by historical figures, each with preset personalities and unique features. In Beyond Earth, players can choose from anything they want at the game startup, from the one who sponsored their expedition to anything they brought to the new world, allowing players to create a customized civilization of their own. Unlike previous games which featured linear tech trees, Beyond Earth has a tech "web" which branches off in several directions. 

Beyond Earth also has several affinities, similar to the Ideology feature in Brave New World. Affinities, as stated in the game, are overarching philosophies on human advancement that shape players' technological advancements. In addition, some of the in-game units are only available to a certain affinity. There are three available affinities to choose from in the game: Harmony, Supremacy, and Purity.

The Harmony affinity tries to co-exist with the planet, utilizes genetic modification, and is able to domesticate the native species. The Supremacy affinity puts its trust in advanced technology, and utilizes highly specialized units that aid each other in the field. The Purity affinity is attempting to make the planet into a new Earth by conquering and "Terra-forming" it.[2][3]

Fryda Wolff serves as the game's narrator.


Sponsor Special Ability Capital
American Reclamation Corporation (CivBE) American Reclamation Corporation (ARC)

Covert operations are 25% faster and cause 25% more intrigue.

Pan-Asian Cooperative (CivBE) Pan-Asian Cooperative (PAC)

+10% 20xProductionBE Production towards Wonders
+25% Worker speed

People's African Union (CivBE) People's African Union (PAU)

+10% 20xFoodBE Food in growing cities when 20xHealthBE Healthy
All cities start with an Old Earth Relic

Kavithan Protectorate (CivBE) Kavithan Protectorate

Cities and Outposts acquire new tiles twice as fast

Brasilia (CivBE) Brasilia

Units have a +10% 20xStrengthBE Strength in melee combat
Units have a +5 Heal when fortified

Franco-Iberia (CivBE) Franco-Iberia

Gain a free Virtue for every 10 Virtues earned normally through 20xCultureBE Culture

Le Coeur
Polystralia (CivBE) Polystralia

Plus two trade routes in the capital

Slavic Federation (CivBE) Slavic Federation

Orbital units stay in orbit 50% longer
+50% 20xPetroleumBE Petroleum resources



  • There are seven different wild alien species.
  • Aliens start out relatively docile.
  • You might not see some of the more advanced Alien units until later in the game.

Updates and PatchesEdit

  • The Beyond Earth winter 2015 update was released on March 11, 2015 and included a number of changes to the game. A comprehensive list of changes is located here.
  • New updates have been done since then.


The Exoplanets Map Pack was originally a preorder bonus DLC for Beyond Earth. It is available to purchase on Steam. It provides six additional maps.

Sid Meier's Starships connectivityEdit

Main article: Unlockables (CivBE and Starships)

Beyond Earth can connect with Starships via a player's My 2K account, allowing for a transfer of assets and bonuses.



Concept ArtEdit


Let's Play Civilization: Beyond EarthEdit


External linksEdit

Civilization: Beyond Earth [Edit]
Games: Base Beyond EarthRising TideStarships

Aliens • Artifacts (Alien, Old Earth, Progenitor)RT onlyBiomesBuildingsCargoColonistsOrbital UnitsPersonality TraitsRT onlyPlanetsQuestsResourcesSponsorsSpacecraftTechnologiesTerrainTile ImprovementsTrade AgreementsRT onlyUnitsVirtuesWondersYields


Harmony (CivBE) HarmonyPurity (CivBE) PuritySupremacy (CivBE) Supremacy

Alien gameplayAquatic gameplayRT onlyArtifacts SystemRT onlyBuildingsCitiesCovert Operations • Diplomacy (Base BE, Rising TideRT only) • ExpeditionsMarvel SystemRT onlyMiasmaOrbital LayerStationsTech WebTradeUnitsVictory

20xCultureBE Culture20xDiplomaticCapitalBE Diplomatic CapitalRT only20xEnergyBE Energy20xFoodBE Food20xHealthBE Health20xProductionBE Production20xScienceBE Science

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RT only Introduced in the Rising Tide expansion pack.† Spin off game based in the same fictional universe
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