Today at PAX East, Firaxis announced that their current project is the next iteration of Civilization, and they plan to go boldly where no man has gone before with it.
Titled Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth, will indeed take the strategic gameplay the series is famous for and put it in a space setting. Why space? Firaxis designer and programmer Anton Strenger mentioned to Joystiq that it allowed the development team to be freed from a historical context and thus branch out in a new direction.
Strenger brings out a new tactical element called the orbital layer as a new addition, which allows the player to send satellites to influence the events happening on the planet below. He also brings out that the game will have some sense of scientific plausibility despite it's science fiction setting, which is set some 200-250 years in the future. Alien species, of course, will also factor in as well.
Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth is slated for release this Fall. In the meantime, you can check out the announcement trailer below.
Are you excited for Civilization: Beyond Earth?