PC.IGN heeft een interview gepost met Brian Reynolds van Firaxis, het nieuwe bedrijf van Sid Meier waar ze nu aan het knutselen zijn met Alpha Centauri. Hier een vraag uit het interview (met een vet lang antwoord):
IGN-PC: So how did you go about creating the future in Alpha Centauri? What did you guys do? Describe the process. Where was it done ...?
Brian Reynolds: First of all, up until now every game we’ve ever done before now has been about history or some kind of historical topic, so we were the history game guys. We feel like we know a lot about history and we’re good at doing history games, but we thought it would be fun to try a different kind of game, a science fiction game.
But rather than just kind of doing Star Trek or Star Wars science fiction, let’s try to do a future history, where we take things we’ve learned about doing history games and things that are cool about history and try to project them into the future. So that’s the core idea.
Another important idea was that we wanted to do it in kind of a broad based way, we don’t want to just get stuck on physics and lasers and you know, the biggest weapon, but we wanted to have a kind of broad picture of future society, future economics, future values and future philosophy. Pretty much all areas of the spectrum. We’ve got our technology tree and it's true to the style we’ve been known for. It’s kind of an interwoven holistic ... You can’t just study one area and get all the way up to the biggest gun without learning about anything else. So you can kind of push harder in one area and in another area, you can kind of choose your priorities.
Our motto for the game, I guess, is “explore, discover, build and conquer,” and the governments in the game, the automation in the game and the tutorials in the game kind of emphasized those choices. The exploring aspect revolves around finding new territory and expanding into it and learning about the planet and learning about the alien biology of the planet. We don’t have like little green men walking around, but we do have not only an alien ecology but a little bit of mystery to the planet and some things to learn about it as you learn about the neural network and so forth.