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It is from their foes, not with friends, that cities learn the lesson of building high walls.

To celebrate the impending release of Civilization: Beyond Earth – Rising Tide 2K and Firaxis Games are making Civilization: Beyond Earth free-to-play this weekend on Steam.

The Civilization: Beyond Earth free-to-play window begins at 1PM EDT today – that’s in just over an hour – and closes again at 1pm EDT on Monday August 17, 2015. That gives you three straight days, or seventy-two hours, of classic strategy action in a futuristic setting.

What’s more, if you decide you rather like Sid Meier’s off-world adventures during the Civilization: Beyond Earth free-to-play period, you’ll get an option to purchase Rising Tide or Civilization: Beyond Earth – The Collection (which includes Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth, the Exoplanets Map Pack and the upcoming expansion pack, Rising Tide) at a discounted rate, expected to be around 10% depending on the retailer.

You’ll also get to retain your saved progress from during the Civilization: Beyond Earth free-to-play weekend, which is jolly nice of them. Clock’s ticking, tick-tock.

About Civilization: Beyond Earth – Rising Tide

Rising Tide will expand Beyond Earth to new frontiers on the planet’s surface and across its seas, adding more choices and diplomatic options as players build “one more turn” toward a new vision for humanity’s future. New aquatic gameplay will explore the oceans for colonization by dramatically extending the play space, while an overhauled diplomacy system will provide players with additional layers of dynamic choices and options to shape the diplomatic landscape while engaging with the AI and one another.

About Civilization: Beyond Earth – ExoPlanets Map Pack

The Exoplanets Map Pack features six custom maps inspired by real exoplanets, including:

  • Kepler 186f: This lush forest planet is one of the oldest known Earth-like planets.
  • Rigil Khantoris Bb: Orbiting the closest star to our 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 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.

Already have Civilization: Beyond Earth? Pre-order Rising Tide (released on October 9, 2015) now from Amazon.

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