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Civilization: Beyond Earth's Rising Tide expansion focuses on alien seas, diplomacy

Hayden Dingman | May 19, 2015
It's time to get the Civilization: Beyond Earth expansion train rolling. You knew it was coming. Maybe you didn't know when, but I'm sure when Beyond Earth released last fall you heard the first distant toots as it rounded tracks in the distance.

Rising Tide allows you to mix and match affinity technologies, with even more unique hybrid units and modifiers. McDonough also promises the new affinities take the science fiction aspect even further, calling them "a lot stranger" than the three in the base game. He also says they're rebalancing the entire tech tree to make sure hybrid players are not at a disadvantage to those who drill down the tree towards a specific affinity.

Bottom line

If history's anything to go by, Rising Tide will be a worthwhile investment for those who felt something was missing with Beyond Earth. I'll hold off making any sweeping judgments until we've had hands-on time with the game — something I'd expect to happen during E3 at the latest — but I'm at least interested in checking out what the expansion has on offer.

Rising Tide is coming this fall for a price of $30. We'll have more for you soon.


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