Although Firaxis was clear from the beginning that Beyond Earth was "not Alpha Centauri 2", they indicated on many occasions that it was an inspiration for Beyond Earth and was "in our DNA" at Firaxis. They most definitely positioned Beyond Earth as a spiritual successor to Alpha Centauri. Just a few examples: http://www.pcgamer.com/civilization...w-factions-aliens-technology-and-more/#page-2 David McDonough: "Like you, I played Alpha Centauri until my eyes bled. When we very first got the option to make the game, to us it was making a game about the idea of Alpha Centauri, the idea of the future of humanity. That as expressed by a Civ game, we sort of figured out. Part of that was inspired by Alpha Centauri, part of it was inspired by the Civ legacy, and part of it just invented." Will Miller: "Yeah, the influence of Alpha Centauri will be apparent, but it's in winks and nods—it's an homage to that game—this game really is meant to be our version of the place that game sat when it came out." I'm not one of the SMAC fanatics who expected Alpha Centauri 2, and the lack of being SMAC is not what I think is wrong with Beyond Earth. But to say that they didn't trade on Firaxis' heritage with SMAC when promoting BE is simply false.