AusGamers has gone hands-on with the first 55 turns of Civilization: Beyond Earth and writes:
"What I can say is that the game is familiar in its core systems, but enticing for all the things I don’t know about or fully understand. Ideas like being able to not only control the native inhabitants, but genetically create a hybrid of them, or discover ancient alien ruins of civilisations who’ve been here before you are just the sort of thing I’ve been wanting in this series for a while. And while it’s certainly in similar company to Alpha Centauri, it looks like it’ll blast its own unique path through the stars, and beyond. More please."