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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. Source: Joystiq Are you excited for Civilization: Beyond Earth?
Perhaps it was because the previous Humble Bundle wasn't a hit with gamers (Humble Audiobook Bundle), the newest one contains some seriously awesome games. That's because the theme for the new bundle is the Sid Meier games. Meier is known for a great many titles although his most famous is undoubtedly the Civilization series. All the games are granted via Steam keys. Here is the set you get for a buck: Sid Meier's Ace Patrol Sid Meier's Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies Sid Meier's Civilization III Complete Sid Meier's Civilization IV: The Complete Edition Sid Meier's Railroads! Beating the average adds one more game: Sid Meier's Civilization V Sid Meier's Civilization V: Gods and Kings DLC Finally, there is a third their which costs $15. If you pay that much you receive a steam code for Civilization V's Brave New World DLC. All in all, this bundle is best for people who have never sampled a Civilization game before. If only it had some other classics, such as Sid Meier's SimGolf!
Jordan Haygood posted a article in Industry NewsIf you're familiar with Sid Meier's Civilization V, you may also be familiar with the game's lead designer Jon Shafer. Well, it appears that this same man has just announced the creation of his own Michigan-based independent game studio Conifer Games. The company's first title is known as "Jon Shafer's At the Gates," and is currently trying to gain $40,000 on Kickstarter by March 8. Much like the game he worked on before, At the Gates is a turn-based strategy game. The game is set during the final days of the Roman Empire, and players will play the role of a barbarian leader as they lead their tribe in an attempt to seize power. But not only will players be fighting whole nations, but the environment itself is also an obstacle to overcome. Shafer said in his Kickstarter video, "I really believe that At the Gates is pretty important for the future of strategy gaming. Not because it's going to be a humongous title that sells millions of copies, but because it shows that smaller titles can still have the same amount of depth as much bigger and more expensive games." Conifer Games will release At the Gates on PC sometime next year, given that the Kickstarter can raise its $40,000 milestone by March 8. Does this game sound interesting? Why not help out? Did you play Civilization V? Are you interested in playing At the Gates? Source: GameSpot