It’s update time for Civilization: Beyond Earth. While there are a range of thing in this update, the most interesting is, of course, the connectivity with upcoming game, Starships. It includes some elements that should be all too familiar for gamers by now.
How will Civilization link with Starships? Why, with your my2K account, of course! Despite being developed by two teams, it’s time for some cross-game connectivity. According to the extensive update notes, this update will start laying the groundwork for integration between Civilization: Beyond Earth and Sid Meier’s Starships. We don’t know much more than that and the fact that you’ll need a my2K account to link them – as for actual linking gameplay, we have no clue how that will work.
Of course that’s not all. Wonders are getting an overhaul to make them more worthwhile and add some longer term effects. Also, there are changes to trade:
First of all, trade routes are still one of the primary resource generators for a given city. Now, trade routes will be unlocked primarily through city population. Constructing a Trade Depot allows trade routes to be built and gives the city one trade route slot. Other trade routes now unlock at population thresholds. This prevents players from using small cities as massive trade hubs during the middle- and late-game. Secondly, there is now an “auto-renew route” option, as requested by many players.
There are even changes to alien interactions. Friendly aliens are no longer a problem for those on the Harmony path; citizens will be able to work plots even if they’re occupied by aliens.
I haven’t played Civilization: Beyond Earth in about a month or so, but I was amazed at how much was already tweaked when I played it last. It’s a much more refined and intriguing strategy game now, and I think the changes to trade routes will be excellent – I just hope that my massive cities will get a ton of extra trade slots as a result. I love to trade in Civilization: Beyond Earth.
Are you looking forward to linking up Beyond Earth and Starships, or does a my2K account just mean yet another batch of login details to remember? I finally made a my2K account for Evolve, so I suppose that ship has already sailed for me.
Last Updated: February 23, 2015