By Alec Meer on June 11th, 2014 at 2:00 pm.
By which I mean, eight minutes. Yes. I’m not entirely sure of the provenance of this video, and how much of it has or hasn’t been seen before because, y’know, YouTube but in any case I am more than down for a decent stretch of footage’n'chat from Firaxis’ upcoming alterna-Alpha Centauri, Civilization: Beyond Earth.
It’s looking more and more like a different species to Alpha Centauri. I know that’s going to disappoint a few people, but to be honest AC holds up rather well to this day – getting something new from a similar theme seems like the better deal to me.
I’m particularly curious about the quest system, and how it’ll be “both large and small, quick and lengthy.” Fnnar. My dirty mind aside, it rather sounds as though this will be a full-blooded new game despite sharing so much tech with Civ V – I was mildly concerned it would be like the underwhelming Civ IV Colonization effort.
Basically, I want this an awful lot. Civ V wasn’t entirely to my tastes until it was two expansion packs down the line, but so far I’m getting the distinct impression that Beyond Earth is informed by what happened to that game as it went along.
Of course I’d rather have XCOM 2 (or an XCOM expansion focused on the still deflating endgame), but this’ll do, pig. This’ll do. Hopefully Nathan will return from E3′s blood-soaked shores with some hands-on reports on CBE soon.