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Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth will be hitting the Mac and Linux platforms this holiday season, with pre-orders now available through with a fifteen percent discount for GameAgent members and the Exoplanets Map Pack thrown in as a free bonus, developer Firaxis announced Tuesday on the official Civilization website.

The Mac edition is being handled by Aspyr Media, a Texas-based company which specializes in porting Windows games to the Mac. The Mac and Linux editions of Beyond Earth include all of the features found in the Windows counterpart. The PC edition is set to launch this Friday, October 24.

All versions of Beyond Earth support cross-platform multiplayer through Steam, Firaxis said. As a bonus, if you buy the game through Steam you’ll enjoy access to each specific platform version through Steamplay.

The science-fi-themed game, as the title suggests, is set in the distant future in which a series of unfortunate global events have destabilized the world “leading to a collapse of modern society, a new world order and an uncertain future for humanity”.

Amid the turmoil, the world’s nations embark on deep space travel to chart a new beginning for mankind.

Check out the launch trailer.

The player is tasked with leading his or her nation to create a new civilization in space. All of the hallmarks of a Civilization game are present in Beyond Earth. Once again, you’ll be researching new technologies, colonizing other worlds (planets), building Wonders of the World and amassing armies to take on the other nations.

“As you embark on your journey you must make critical decisions,” reads the blurb. “From your choice of sponsor and the make-up of your colony, to the ultimate path you choose for your civilization, every decision opens up new possibilities”.

The in-game graphics and the interface look promising.

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Each of the game’s factions can be customized to your liking. Other features include nonlinear technological progression and an entire alien world that will “change the very identity of each faction based on their choices”.

Check out these renderings.

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Key highlights include:

  • Seed the Adventure: Establish your cultural identity by choosing one of eight different expedition sponsors, each with its own leader and unique gameplay benefits. Assemble your spacecraft, cargo & colonists through a series of choices that directly seed the starting conditions when arriving at the new planet.
  • Colonize an Alien World: Explore the dangers and benefits of a new planet filled with dangerous terrain, mystical resources, and hostile life forms unlike those of Earth. Build outposts, unearth ancient alien relics, tame new forms of life, develop flourishing cities and establish trade routes to create prosperity for your people.
  • Technology Web: To reflect progress forward into an uncertain future, technology advancement occurs through a series of nonlinear choices that affect the development of mankind. The technology web is organized around three broad themes, each with a distinct victory condition.
  • Orbital Layer: Build and deploy advanced military, economic and scientific satellites that provide strategic offensive, defensive and support capabilities from orbit.
  • Unit Customization: Unlock different upgrades through the tech web and customize your units to reflect your play style.
  • Multiplayer: Up to 8 players can compete for dominance of a new alien world.
  • Mod support: Robust mod support allows you to customize and extend your game experience.

True Civilization fans could be interested in the Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth Classics bundle which includes Sid Meier’s Civilization III Complete (Civilization III, Civilization III: Conquests and Civilization III: Play the World), Sid Meier’s Civilization IV, Sid Meier’s Civilization V and the latest Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth with a bonus Exoplanets Map Pack.

This mega-bundle will be available through participating digital partners and via traditional retailers, Firaxis said.

[Civilization website]