Living legend Sid Meier is at it again. His team just announced Sid Meier's Starships, coming to PC, Mac, and iPad early this year. It's a turn-based adventure-driven interstellar strategy game.
Last year's Civilization: Beyond Earth wasn't a sequel to 1999's Alpha Centauri, and Sid Meier's Starships won't be Alpha Centauri 2 either. But Beyond Earth and Starships will tie-in together, if you own both games.
"My goal," said Sid Meier in a press statement, "was to create an experience that focuses on starship design and combat within a universe filled with interstellar adventure, diplomacy, and exploration."
The "adventure-driven" portion of the game has to do with a "lost tribe" from Earth that's now sent a distress signal from outer space back to Earth. Old Earth is now gearing up and taking to the stars in order to save their long-lost brethren. The video is terribly generic, but that's typical of Sid Meier's games. He's known more for crafting award-winning games, not Oscar-worthy cinematics -- so who cares?
Sid Meier will spill more details during PAX South (Jan 23 - 25) in San Antonio, TX.
2K and Firaxis Games Announce Sid Meier's Starships
Legendary designer Sid Meier leads development on turn-based, adventure-driven strategy game set in the Civilization: Beyond Earth' universe
New York, NY: January 19, 2015: 2K and Firaxis Games today announced Sid Meier's Starships, a new turn-based, adventure-driven interstellar strategy game from Sid Meier, creator of the award-winning Sid Meier's Civilization series. Scheduled for release in early 2015 as a digital download for Windows-based PC, Mac and iPad, Sid Meier's Starships lets players command a fleet of starships as they embark on a series of missions to explore the galaxy, protect planets and their civilizations, and build a federation to ultimately usher in a new age of peace throughout the galaxy.
"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?" said Sid Meier, director of creative development at Firaxis Games. "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 challenges players to build a planetary federation by exploring the galaxy, expanding its influence and domain, researching futuristic technologies and engaging in deep, turn-based tactical space combat with an armada of uniquely customizable starships. Each new campaign will feature its own distinctive galactic strategy map of worlds with dynamically generated tactical combat missions that will enhance the game's replay value. In addition, Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth fans who purchase Sid Meier's Starships will uncover cross-connectivity with the two games that will enhance and expand the depth of both game experiences.
Sid has been a leader in the strategy and PC gaming market for more than 30 years,' said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. After successfully launching an experience touching upon mankind's history on Earth, fans will now see how Sid has used the Civilization: Beyond Earth universe to deliver his own unique style of strategic gaming."
Sid Meier's Starships is rated E10+ by the ESRB and will be available on Steam for Windows-based PC and Mac, the Mac App Store for Mac, and the App Store for iPad devices in early 2015. For more information on Sid Meier's Starships, please visit www.2k.com.
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