If you’re the pre-ordering strategy type, you’ve probably already put some money aside for Civilization: Beyond Earth. If you haven’t, maybe you should: Pre-ordering the upcoming RTS from Firaxis and 2K Games will net you not one, but six bonus planets!
Specifically, you’ll get the Exoplanets Map Pack, which features six new environments. Each one is inspired by existing interstellar objects… but not the planets we might be familiar with.
For those of us who’ve never ventured beyond our solar system, 2K has prepared some details about the six new exoplanets:
- Kepler 186f: This lush forest planet is one of the oldest known Earth-like planets.
- Rigil Khantoris Bb: Orbiting the closest star to the 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.
Sound like somewhere you want to visit? Civilization: Beyond Earth hits our planet from October 24, for PC, Mac and Linux.
If you’ve never played a Civ game before, and you don’t understand the lure of the hexagonal cell, 2K has also unveiled the Classics Bundle. That is, of course, Civilization: Beyond Earth bundled with Civilization III Complete, Civilization IV and Civilization V. Of course, there’s not exactly much in the way of story carried between the games, so you don’t need to play the earlier ones in order (if at all), but if you’re the type who’s got to have everything, it’s a good place to start.