Firaxis Announces New 'Sid Meier's Starships' Interstellar Strategy Game

Civilization designer Sid Meier along with 2K and Firaxis Games have announced a new game, Sid Meier's Starships, reports Gamespot. The interstellar strategy game was developed by a small team at Firaxis who worked closely with Meier on the game's design.

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Sid Meier's Starships builds upon the success of last year's Civilization: Earth Beyond, moving beyond the initial colonization of planets to the world of space exploration.
"What happens after we colonize our new home and eventually build starships to take to the stars?" he said. "What has become of our long-lost brothers and sisters from the planet Earth? My goal was to create an experience that focuses on starship design and combat within a universe filled with interstellar adventure, diplomacy, and exploration."
The latest chapter in Sid Meier's game lineup allows users to control a fleet of starships as they journey through the universe completing a variety of missions that expand the influence of their federation. Though specific details were not revealed, Beyond Earth and Starships may share some cross-connectivity that will benefit gamers who own both games.


Sid Meier's Starships is slated to debut in early 2015 and will be available on the PC, Mac, and iPad. Pricing and an exact release date will be announced soon.

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63 months ago

I really wish I had time to play games like this. Between work, kids, and waiting on Halo: MCC matchmaking I don't think I can fit this in.


Are we the same person?
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63 months ago
I really wish I had time to play games like this. Between work, kids, and waiting on Halo: MCC matchmaking I don't think I can fit this in.
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63 months ago

I really wish I had time to play games like this. Between work, kids, and waiting on Halo: MCC matchmaking I don't think I can fit this in.


Well, you have 2 options: quit your job, or put your kids up for adoption.

/jk
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63 months ago
So it's like a cross between FTL and Homeworld, with a little 4x thrown in for flavor? That's like nerd crack!

DAY ONE!
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63 months ago

Hopefully without all the tediousness and theft of EVE Online! :p


I remember reading a little starter guide for EVE way back when I was considering playing it. One of the first things it recommended was to spend at least a couple of weeks mining asteroids to accumulate isk.

...that sounded too much like a chore to me. I don't want to have to slog through a tedious task list to get to the fun parts. It needs to be entertaining and interesting from the get-go, or...bleh.

This is actually one of the major reasons why I don't play MMOs anymore. A friend of mine was in a hardcore raiding guild in WoW, and he had to spend at least a couple hours a night going through a bunch of repetitive "dailies" to earn money for better gear. That sounded about as fun as a kick to the teeth. I don't want to pay $10 a month for that.
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63 months ago

...that sounded too much like a chore to me. I don't want to have to slog through a tedious task list to get to the fun parts. It needs to be entertaining and interesting from the get-go, or...bleh.

The fine line between simulation games and simulations.

We love games that have a lot of realism but we don't want it to feel like life.
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63 months ago

I guess they didn't really have you at all since it's "Sid Meier" that is mentioned above :)

Oh! Never mind, not interested...
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63 months ago
You had me at "Sid Meier".
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63 months ago

What type of games are these? Are they RTSs like StarCraft or... RPGs or something?


At its most basic, I think it's going to be turn based with a relatively static set of units to control. Instead of getting new ships, you constantly upgrade your current ones, and try to survive.

Also, I bet it's gonna have asteroid mining in it.
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63 months ago

The fine line between simulation games and simulations.

We love games that have a lot of realism but we don't want it to feel like life.


If I wanted realism, I would have 2 kids I can't afford, a job that I hate, an ex-wife who takes all my money, and a faithful dog dying of cancer.

I don't have any of those at this time. So I play unrealistic fantasy/fiction games.
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