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Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth - Rising Tide is the first announced upcoming expansion to Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth.
The expansion aims to overhaul many parts of the game, as well as introducing new playable sponsors.
This expansion will feature four new playable sponsors. These new sponsors were 'late' to the seeding process, and offer a different perspective to the existing sponsors. Only one has been confirmed, a middle-eastern faction called Al Falah, with three others to be revealed at a later date.
In changes similar to those introduced by Sid Meier's Alien Crossfire to Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, Rising Tide will allow players to build and defend cities built on Ocean tiles. New naval units will also complement this expansion to gameplay.
The diplomacy system will be going through a major overhaul, to make the system match the unit nature of sponsors, rather than treat them as civilizations you, as a player, know about.
The Affinity system will be expanded so that players can "mix" two affinities to create a hybrid of the two, allowing access to new units, and giving players greater freedom while playing.