Want a better sense of how Civilization: Beyond Earth works? Check out this trailer

Firaxis Games pushes into new frontiers with Civilization: Beyond Earth. The game takes the long-lived series’ basic elements and shifts them to an alien planet that’s been targeted for colonization. If you’re thinking that sounds a lot like Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri, well… you’re not far off! It was a big influence on this one.

Related: Mapping the road from Alpha Centauri to Civilization: Beyond Earth

This new, 10-minute trailer runs through all the fine points of how the game works, complete with handy, folder-style tabs at the bottom of the video window that keep you informed of the topic being discussed. All in all, it’s a very thorough look at the latest game in a series known for being incredibly complex and involved.

Civilization: Beyond Earth comes to Windows on October 24, 2014.