Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth
is now up for preordering on Steam, and as you might expect that means preorder bonuses. And the Exoplanets Map pack is actually kind of cool: It's a collection of six custom maps inspired by real-world exoplanets.
Obviously some liberties have been taken, but a quick trip to
(a couple of others,
) confirms that the six planets in the pack do have a real-world basis. But we're not here to talk about the scientific accuracy of videogame DLC, we're here to talk about a preorder bonus. So here's what you get:
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.
"Specialized scripts produce randomized geographic layouts each time a new game begins, allowing for even more replayability on new alien worlds," according to the content pack description on
Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth launches on October 24.