Sid Meier's Starships Announced: Space Adventure Game Lets You Play As A Fleet Commander, Ties Into Civilization Beyond Earth

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated Jan 19, 2015 10:11 AM EST

Civilization developer Firaxis Games and publisher 2K have announced Sid Meier's Starships, an "adventure-driven" interstellar strategy title that expands the setting of Civilization: Beyond Earth.

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Players are put in the role of fleet commander, and must make their way across the galaxy defending planets and growing the empire. Starships features turn-based tactical combat with customizable ships, a "galactic strategy map" of worlds for each new campaign, and dynamically generated missions.

Starships will launch on PC, Mac, and iPad, and boasts cross-play features with Beyond Earth for those who own both titles.

"When designing Starships, I was intrigued by the idea of exploring the next chapter in the story of Civilization: Beyond Earth. What happens after we colonize our new home and eventually build starships to take to the stars? What has become of our long-lost brothers and sisters from the planet Earth?" said Sid Meier, director of creative development at Firaxis Games. "My goal was to create an experience that focuses on starship design and combat within a universe filled with interstellar adventure, diplomacy, and exploration."

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The title sounds intriguing, and although it ties into the Civilization world, it's worth noting it does not bear the long-running series' name. Sid Meier of course has other adventure-based titles such as Pirates, and this seems a mixture of the two with its turn-based tactical combat. You can watch the debut trailer below, which does not feature gameplay footage, but introduces the universe and setting.

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