A complete scifi / space colonization remake of Civ4Col : replacing ocean terrain with Deep Space, New World continents with faraway planets, Caravels with Starships, and native tribes with alien species, this mod aims to recreate the classic gameplay of Colonization in a scifi setting.
Similar to their compatriots of 579 years earlier, the colonists of 2071 are setting forth from a repressive and dystopian Earth in search of freedom and opportunity in strange new lands. Arriving on a variety of distant planets, the colonists encounter rare plant and mineral resources instantly in great demand by Earth's dying industry, and uncover a series of ancient ruins left by an advanced and mysterious alien race known as the Progenitors.
The natives (alien species) are also enabled as playable civilizations that can interact with Earth; see the Alien Civilizations section under Game Concepts in Civilopedia for a complete review. Changes with this 0.05 update include a variety of graphical enhancements, several rare but powerful Progenitor Improvements guarded by security forces you'll have to defeat before claiming them, and an all-new new human colonial civilization, the cybernetic Empire of Japan.
If you want to try the original gameplay of classic Colonization with a scifi atmosphere, I'm leaving up a link to the 0.02 version which is largely a cosmetic reskin of the original game with few dramatic gameplay changes.
Install Instructions: Click link in upper right to download. Unzip to the Mods subdirectory of your Sid Meier's Civilization IV Colonization folder. After starting Colonization, select Advanced, Load a Mod, 2071.
More background info and screenshots on the WePlayCiv forum thread