2K Games and Firaxis have added to your difficult decisions this October. Civilization: Beyond Earth will be joining the crowded month, but will land on a Friday to avoid some of the traffic.

The spiritual successor to Alpha Centauri will arrive on October 24 on PC. Those that pre-order will have access to six additional maps based on real exoplanets. These are:

Kepler 186f: This lush forest planet is one of the oldest known Earth-like planets

  • Rigil Khantoris Bb: Orbiting the closest star to our solar system, the historical records of this arid continental planet’s settlement are well-preserved 
  • Tau Ceti d: This planet of seas and archipelagos features a booming biodiversity and a wealth of resources
  • Mu Arae f: Tidally locked in orbit around a weak star, the southern hemisphere of this planet is a blistering desert where the sun never sets, while the northern hemisphere is perpetually in frozen darkness
  • 82 Eridani e: An alien world of scarce water and wracked by tectonic forces
  • Eta Vulpeculae b: A mysterious new discovery with unknown terrain 

For more on Civilization: Beyond Earth, check out our preview from E3.


Our Take
Another major release in October means my wallet is screaming for mercy. This one sits very high on the list, though. I’m very much looking forward to taking one more turn in space.