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Publisher 2K Games and developer Firaxis Games are gearing up to launch a new interstellar strategy game for Mac and Windows PCs and the iPad, Polygon said Monday.

Coming in early 2015, legendary game designer Sid Meier had a direct hand in designing Sid Meier’s Starships, a turn-based, adventure-driven interstellar strategy game in which you’ll take the role of a fleet commander after the age of the Seeding.

The player is tasked with building a planetary federation and leading their starships across the universe to defend planets against various enemies. You’re expected to grow your empire along the way and “usher in a new age of peace in the galaxy,” Firaxis said in a media release today.

The cinematic intro sequence looks exciting!

Starships will tie in with the Civilization: Beyond Earth universe as Firaxis is building cross-connectivity between the two titles to enhance the experience for those who own Beyond Earth and also buy Starships.

In addition to turn-based 4X combat, the game sports customizable starships, dynamically generated combat missions, future technologies to research and explore, a universe filled with interstellar adventure, diplomacy and exploration and much more.

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Starships has been designed as a spiritual successor to Civilization: Beyond Earth, which released on Mac and Windows PCs in October 2014.

“When designing Starships, I was intrigued by the idea of exploring the next chapter in the story of Civilization: Beyond Earth,” said Meier.

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“What happens after we colonize our new home and eventually build starships to take to the stars?” he continued. “What has become of our long-lost brothers and sisters from the planet Earth?”

Starships will release in Spring 2015, 2K said.

Keep your eyes peeled as we post more details as soon as they’re released.

Source: Polygon