Settle the oceans in Rising Tide
Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth came out last year, and although I loved it, a lot of the series’ hardcore fans picked it apart as being less complex than past entries. Though it doesn’t nearly address every complaint, the newly announced expansion Rising Tide does aim to up the complexity a bit.
Included in the expansion are four new factions to play as and two new biomes to explore. The diplomacy system is getting an upgrade and alien relics are given more importance. There will be more reason to mix and match Affinities now, with units only available to those with hybrid Affinity. What looks like the biggest change to gameplay is the ability to create oceanbound settlements, able to collect resources from the middle of the seas. To balance this out a bit, it looks like there are some new aquatic xenos to fend against.
Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth – Rising Tide Expansion Pack is slated for release on PC this fall for $29.99. Developer Firaxis is doing a live stream today at 11 am Pacific time to show off some of the new stuff in it.