Civilization, the first video game I was introduced to, somewhere in the bushbush of Zimbabwe, long before internet was a thing (for me at least). It was Civ 2. I played all the civilizations series since then, with civilization 3 and 4 being my favs. Throughout the years, I don't think there ever were 2 months in which I didn't start up the game.
That changed with Civ beyond earth. I never was a fan of the idea of civilization in the future. I always played it for its swords and realistic history. However, I did buy it because I always liked the game so I expected I'd be able to adapt and like this one as well. However, I didn't. Not at all. I played it for maybe maximum 10 hours at launch and I haven't touched the game since then. The problem is I moved to a place where my internet is too shit to play online games. Normally I would turn to civ but since I don't like this version I end up being bored.
My question is, how is the new civilization received by its playerbase? And if you're a civplayer; do you like it? Wasn't the fact that civ was realistic and "true" history an important reason for you to like it?