Mantle Takes to the Stars with Sid Meier's Civilization®: Beyond Earth™

Mantle graphics API to accelerate performance for gamers in exciting new entry to the Civilization® franchise

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Today, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced a new technology partnership with 2K Games that will enable support for the Mantle graphics API in Sid Meier's Civilization®: Beyond Earth™, to accelerate performance and improve image quality for customers of AMD Radeon™ graphics .

Mantle is a "low-overhead" graphics API that can help improve performance for gamers by: making better use of multi-core CPUs, streamlining game code execution, virtually eliminating software bottlenecks and utilizing GPU resources with incredible efficiency.

"The Mantle graphics API is the first and currently the only proven low-overhead API available to developers and gamers," said Ritche Corpus, director of ISV gaming and alliances, AMD. "The performance of such an API can be tremendous, particularly in games with a large number of on-screen units. We are tremendously proud to collaborate with 2K Games on Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth to bring these benefits to life in such a beloved franchise."

Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth is a new sci-fi instalment in the award-winning Civilization franchise that sends players on an expedition from Earth, leading their people to a new frontier to explore and colonize an alien planet, and chart a new course for humanity.

For the first time, players will lead factions divided by contrasting cultures and evolve their new civilizations to reflect their chosen destiny. Players will experience an array of new gameplay possibilities, including non-linear technological progression, deeper customization of their chosen faction, and an entire alien world that will change the very identity of each faction based on their choices.

"The Sid Meier's Civilization franchise has long been recognized for both its addictive gameplay and its technical prowess," said Steve Meyer, director of software development, Firaxis Games. "Our collaboration with AMD to augment Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth with the Mantle graphics API secures that reputation for a new chapter in the Civilization franchise."

In addition to support for the Mantle graphics API, Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth will also support AMD CrossFire™ technology to deliver the performance necessary for UltraHD resolutions, as well as AMD Eyefinity technology for panoramic gameplay on up to six simultaneous displays connected to a single AMD Radeon™ graphics card.

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