Civilization: Beyond Earth

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Civilization: Beyond Earth
Civilization: Beyond Earth cover
Firaxis Games
macOS (OS X) Aspyr Media
Linux Aspyr Media
2K Games
OS X, Linux Aspyr Media
Release dates
Windows October 24, 2014
OS X November 26, 2014
Linux December 18, 2014
Civilization 1991
Civilization II 1996
Civilization III 2001
Civilization IV 2005
CivCity: Rome 2006
Civilization IV: Colonization 2008
Civilization V 2010
Civilization: Beyond Earth 2014
Civilization VI 2016

Key points

AMD Crossfire uses can enable Split-Frame Rendering (SFR) for more consistent frame rates (see Essential Improvements)

General information

PC Report - Civilization: Beyond Earth on Linux
Official game series site
Civilization Wiki - A detailed wiki for all Civilization games and their spin offs
Apolyton Civilization Site's Civilization: Beyond Earth section - A huge forum dedicated to all Civilization games and their spin offs
CivFanatics very large Civilization community
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Green Man Gaming
Mac App Store Currently single player only. Multiplayer support will be added in a future update.
All Windows and Linux versions require Steam DRM.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Exoplanets Map Pack Pre-order bonus
Rising Tide

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

The cinematic intro video can be disabled from the in-game options screen in the "Interface Options" tab.
Delete/rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>.
  2. Delete or rename CivBE_Logos.bk2.
  3. OS X and Linux: delete or rename Aspyr.bik.

Speed up main menu options[edit]

Modify MainMenu.xml[citation needed]
  1. Open <path-to-game>/assets/UI/FrontEnd/MainMenu.xml.
  2. Find and replace all mentions of AlphaStart="0" with AlphaStart="1".

Enable Split-Frame Rendering (SFR)[edit]

Enabling SFR results in better multi-GPU performance with more consistent overall frame rates.
Edit graphics settings[1][2]
  1. Go to the configuration files folder.
  2. Open GraphicsSettings.ini
  3. Find Enable mGPU = 0 and change it to Enable mGPU = 1.
  4. Save and close the file.


Only works on Mantle-compatible AMD Crossfire setups.

Game data[edit]

Configuration files location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Sid Meier's Civilization Beyond Earth\
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Sid Meier's Civilization Beyond Earth/
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/aspyr-media/Sid Meier's Civilization Beyond Earth/
This game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.
The configuration can be found in config.ini.
User preferences can be found in UserSettings.ini.
Advanced graphics settings can be found in GraphicsSettings.ini.
Cache\ and Logs\ folders are highly compressible

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Sid Meier's Civilization Beyond Earth\Saves\
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Sid Meier's Civilization Beyond Earth/Saves/
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/aspyr-media/Sid Meier's Civilization Beyond Earth/Saves/
Steam <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/65980/remote/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Only 10 saves can be synced. Select "Steam Cloud" in the Save menu to access.
Though save files are compatible between systems, you will need to rename them manually when moving. This is because patches to non-Windows releases are sometimes delayed, which might cause compatibility issues.

Video settings[edit]

Video Options.
Video Options.

Input settings[edit]

Interface Options.
Interface Options.


Edit CIVBEControls.xml[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>/assets/Gameplay/XML/Units/
  2. Open CIVBEControls.xml.
  3. Change the controls to match your preference.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio Options.
Audio Options.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, sound effects, ambiance, and speech
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio CC Notes
Traditional Chinese


Multiplayer Options.
Multiplayer Options.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
8 Seems to have issues with more than 4 players.[citation needed]
Online play
Asynchronous multiplayer

Issues unresolved[edit]

AMD - Actual mouse cursor position becomes offset[edit]

AMD has reported an issue where the actual mouse position becomes offset from the cursor position. They are working with Firaxis to correct this issue.
Go to Windows Settings and adjust Text Scaling[3]
  1. Right-click the desktop.
  2. Select Screen Resolution from the menu which appears.
  3. From the window which appears, select Make text and other items larger or smaller.
  4. Set DPI scaling to 100%.
  5. Click the OK button.

Unable to use resolutions beyond 1280x720 on 144Hz monitors[edit]

Run game in windowed mode[4]
  1. From the main menu, go to the Options menu, then to the Video tab.
  2. Deselect Fullscreen.
  3. Click on the Accept button.
  4. Exit the game, then restart it.


Changing the refresh rate of the monitor to 60Hz in-game or otherwise does not fix this issue.[5]

Leaders scenes are visible only with minimum settings[edit]


Issues fixed[edit]

Game crashes on "Configuring Game Data"[edit]

Configuring Game Data[citation needed]
  1. Go into the Options menu, then the Video tab.
  2. Uncheck Fullscreen
  3. Click the Accept button.
  4. Exit the game, then restart it.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
OpenGL 4 OS X and Linux only.
Mantle support
Shader Model support 5
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer Steamworks

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista SP2, 7 Vista SP2, 7
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon X2 64 2.0 GHz
Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz
1.8 GHz Quad core
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB 8 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI HD3650 or better
nVidia 8800 GT or better
Intel HD 3000 or better integrated graphics
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
AMD HD5000 series or better (or ATI R9 series for Mantle support)
nVidia GT400 series or better
Intel IvyBridge or better integrated graphics
DirectX 11 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9.0c‐compatible DirectX 9.0c‐compatible
Operating system (OS) 10.9.5 (Mavericks), 10.10 (Yosemite)
Processor (CPU) 2.2 GHz Intel Core i3
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon 4850
nVidia 640M
Intel HD 4000
Operating system (OS) SteamOS, Ubuntu 14.04
Processor (CPU) AMD A10
Intel Core i3
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) NVIDIA GeForce 260


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  2. Anandtech - Civilization: Beyond Earth CrossFire with Mantle SFR: Not Actually Broken! - last accessed on 2014-10-27
  3. AMD Catalyst™ 14.9.2 Beta Windows® Driver - last accessed on 2014-10-27
  4. Problem Running Civilization: Beyond Earth in Full-Screen – 2K Support - last accessed on 2014-10-27
  5. SegmentNext - Civilization: Beyond Earth Crashes, Errors, Resolution, Refresh Rate, Graphics, Performance Fixes - last accessed on 2014-10-27
  6. Metal Gear Solid: Outer Heaven :: Steam Workshop - last accessed on 2015-01-30
  7. The Japanese Empire :: Steam Workshop - last accessed on 2015-01-30