Next Civ game to be set in space

Firaxis have made an appearance at PAX East to announce their latest free-time black hole, Civilization: Beyond Earth.

As the title suggests, this latest entrant in the popular series lets players build a civilization in the stars, much like 1999's Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri. The similarity doesn't seem to have been lost on the team, but when talking to IGN, co-lead designer David McDonough seems keen to point out that this is no half-baked attempt at a sequel or reboot.

This game is not an Alpha Centauri sequel or prequel. Itís its own idea, its own experience.

The game is currently pegged for release this autumn.