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Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword
Box artwork for Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword.
Developer(s)Firaxis Games
Publisher(s)Take Two Interactive
Distributor(s)2K Games, Steam, GameTap
Latest version3.19 (June 10, 2009)
Release date(s)
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Genre(s)Turn-based strategy
System(s)Windows, Mac OS
Mode(s)Single player, multiplayer
ESRB: ESRB E10.png Everyone 10+
OFLC: OFLC PG.svg Parental Guidance
Preceded byCivilization IV
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Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword is the second official expansion pack of the critically-acclaimed turn-based strategy video game Civilization IV. The expansion focuses on adding content to the in-game time periods following the invention of gunpowder, and includes more general content such as 11 new scenarios, 10 new civilizations, and 16 new leaders.


  • Corporations: A new gameplay feature, similar to religion allows players to create corporations and spread them throughout the world. Each corporation provides benefits in exchange for certain resources.
  • Espionage: Now available much earlier in the game, this expanded feature offers players many new ways to spy on opponents, stir citizen unrest and defend their government’s secrets.
  • Random Events: New random events such as natural disasters, pleas for help, or demands from their citizens will challenge players to overcome obstacles in order for their civilizations to prosper.
  • Advanced Starts: When starting the game in any era, this new option allows the player to purchase components for an already-developed nation.
  • Expanded Space Victory: Obtaining a space victory is now more difficult and requires more strategy and decision-making than before.
  • Expanded Diplomatic Victory: It is now possible to achieve diplomatic victories much earlier in the game, and to defy resolutions.
  • New Game Options: Beyond the Sword offers various new game options, like new world-types and the option to play any leader-civilization combination.

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