Civilization: Beyond Earth Linux Release Date Announced: Port Will Come With Latest Patch Already Installed
Civilization: Beyond Earth will finally be hitting the last of its planned platforms this week as the game's Linux port is now set for a December 18 launch.
Mac and Linux developer Aspyr announced this week that Beyond Earth will go live for Linux users starting at 1 p.m. Eastern (10 a.m. Pacific) on Thursday, December 18. After that, Linux users should be able to download the game off Steam.
As Aspyr mentioned previously, this Linux port is being released with Beyond Earth's latest update intact, so Linux users won't have to wait as long as PC and Mac users did to get the benefits of the newly retooled game mechanics. The large content patch largely focused on rebalancing many of the game's elements and included substantive changes to the game's Health system.
In Civilization: Beyond Earth, players serve as the leader of a futuristic faction from Earth that has decided to lead a group of humans to an alien planet and establish a new colony. Over the course of the game, the player can choose to invest in one or more of the game's three Affinities, schools of though for how humanity should proceed in this new age. Purity players do what they can to preserve humanity the way it is while terraforming the new planet to suit human biology. Harmony players take the opposite approach and try to adapt their own biology as much as possible to fit the alien environment. Supremacy players shed their humanity altogether to embrace technology and dominate the landscape around them.
The game can be won five different ways, three of which are intricately tied to the Affinity system. The game shares a lot of elements with its predecessor, Civ V, while throwing in new mechanics like a radial Tech Web and orbital units that freshen up the formula for series fans.
Civilization: Beyond Earth is available for PC, Man and, soon, Linux.