Sid Meier's Starships
|Sid Meier's Starships|
|Release||March 12, 2015|
Sid Meier's Starships is a turn-based strategy video game developed by Firaxis Games and published by 2K Games. It was released on March 12, 2015 for Microsoft Windows, OS X, and iOS. The game is a stand-alone title but shares the same universe as Civilization: Beyond Earth, putting the player in control of a fleet of space-faring craft. The player will use the fleet to explore the galaxy, meeting other human and alien forces, and dealing with problems through a combination of military, diplomatic, and other strategic options. Spacecraft in the fleet can be highly customized for meeting certain goals. The game features cross-connectivity features with Beyond Earth for those that own both titles.
Starships was based on Sid Meier's idea of extending the Beyond Earth setting, in which the player guides the development of one of several human colonies on an alien world, and he considers it a further narrative of that game, exploring the universe and encountering other human colonies and threats it may hold. In his concept, Meier wanted to focus on starship creation, including highly configurable ships, and space combat, while providing the player with "a universe filled with interstellar adventure, diplomacy, and exploration". The game was developed by Meier and a small team at Firaxis, and was released on March 12.
Sid Meier's Starships received mixed reviews. It received an aggregated score of 62.34% on GameRankings based on 35 reviews and 64/100 on Metacritic based on 57 reviews. IGN awarded it 6.5 out of 10, saying "Sid Meier's Starships produces a few good tactical battles before its AI loses steam and its strategy gets frustrating."
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- Sid Meier's video interview with French newspaper Le Point, about Starships and other games, in English after the 20-seconds intro (February 25, 2015). (in French)