Beyond the Sword is the second expansion for Civilization IV, and will be released this July. The expansion focuses on builder options and the second half of the game (post-Gunpowder), although there are also military additions, such as new units.
Content includes 12 scenarios, 10 new civs and 16 new leaders. Random events, corporations and revamped espionage are among the epic game features.
Civilizations and Leaders
4 of 10 new civilizations have been revealed:
- Babylon - led by Hammurabi (ca. 1810 BC - ca. 1750 BC), first king of the Babylonian Empire, creator of Hammurabi's Code of Laws in ca. 1760 BC., which is usually considered the first example of written, basic, unchangeable law.
- Portugal - no further info available.
- Netherlands - no further info available.
- Native Americans - led by Sitting Bull (1831 - 1890), a Lakota chief, leader of the Sioux tribes during the Battle of Little Bighorn, later exiled to Canada.
2 new leaders for existing civilizations have been revealed:
- America - Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865), 16th President of the United States, leading the country during the defeat of the Confederacy and issuing the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862, freeing all slaves, and encouraging the Thirteenth Amendment that outlawed slavery.
- Celtia - Boudica (? - 61 AD), Queen of the Iceni people, who rebelled against the Romans, causing a serious crisis in Roman-ruled Britain. In the Battle of Watling Street, Boudica's forces were slaughtered and she died, without managing to drive the Romans out of Britain. In-game, Boudica is Aggressive/Charistmatic.
Beyond the Sword includes an uncertain amount of new units. Among them are the Privateer and the Paratrooper. Both have been featured previously in Civ3, where the Privateer was a ship with hidden nationality, that could attack foreign units even when at peace, and the Paratrooper was a land unit with the ability to cross several tiles of land by parachuting.
No information is currently available, although the presence of new buildings in BtS has been revealed.
No information is currently available, although the presence of new technologies in BtS has been revealed.
BtS features six new Wonders, including the Apostolic Palace (see below):
- The Statue of Zeus - a statue of the god Zeus in a temple housing it, built ca. 432BC in Olympia, Greece. No in-game information available.
- Cristo Redentor - a statue of Jesus Christ wth open arms, built in 1931, stands over Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. No in-game information available.
- Shwedagon Paya - a Buddhist stupa, building time unknown, believed to be between the 6th century and the 10th century AD, although Buddhist monk records put it as being over 2500 years old. Located in Yangon, Myanmar. No in-game information available.
- Mausoleum of Mausollos - a tomb built for Mausolos, a Persian governor, built in 353-350 BC. Located in Bodrum, Turkey. No in-game information available.
- Moai Statues - monolithic carved statues of heads and truncated torsos. Presumably built in the 11th century AD. Located on Easter Island. No in-game information available.
- Apostolic Palace - residence of the Pope in Vatican City since 1871. In BtS, it acts somewhat similarly to the United Nations (see below).
The Apostolic Palace
Apostolic Palace is a Wonder that allows elections once it's built, with civilizations that share the builder's religion participating. Everything that is currently known about the Palace is from this quote by Alex Mantzaris, the lead programmer & lead designer of BtS:
Corporations are an all-new feature in Beyond the Sword. Corporations are similar to religions in a way, can be founded and spread throughout the world. Each corporations provides certain benefits in exchange for resources.
The exact corporations or the number of corporations in the game is currently unknown.
Beyond the Sword also adds random events to the game. There are different types of events. Some merely require your decision on how to deal with a situation, while others will assign you quests that can be completed for a reward. The amount of different events in the game is said to be high to provide maximum replayability.
Espionage has been changed in Beyond the Sword. It is now available earlier than before, and players can actively "fund" espionage development. That provides various intelligence, the ability to sabotage your enemy, poison water supply, and perform other actions.
BtS will ship with 12 scenarios. These cover a wide spectrum, from World War II on a historical map to future and fantasy scenarios. Some scenarios are set in as early as Renaissance. More is known about one scenario:
Afterworld - designed by Tim McCracken (who also designed Omens in Warlords), it's a sci-fi scenario where a team of five "Gravebingers" is sent to a planet occupied by human robots who've turned into horrible beasts. The scenario is unlike regular Civ, as it doesn't heave any leaders, cities or technologies.
In this mode, players "buy" components of a civilization, and so can start the game in a later era, with a partially-developed civilization. The exact details of how this works are currently unavailable.
- The game's AI is improved considerably to present a better challenge.
- A new option is to select any leader with any civilization. For example, Boudica of the Romans or Elizabeth of the Chinese.
- The spaceship can be customized visually before launching.