Thanks to GameSessions and Humble Bundle, Civilization Beyond Earth is Free to Play This Weekend

Civilization: Beyond Earth is having a free weekend, which is nothing remarkable. Those happen all the time – but it’s usually on Steam. This time around, however, Beyond Earth is being offered up to play from now until Monday by Humble Bundle with the help of a service by the name GameSessions.

So yeah, to try out Beyond Earth, you’ll need to sign up for a GameSessions account, and then download it through their launcher. That’s a few more hoops to go through than simply downloading something through Steam, but at the very least, GameSessions claims fast downloads thanks to their “unique compression technology.” No word on whether this compression technology uses a middle-out algorithm or something else entirely.

I hadn’t even heard of GameSessions till they and Humble Bundle offered this free weekend, but offering something for free is always a good way to make people aware of what you’re selling. What GameSessions is selling is – in essence – game demos, or at least the ability to try a game before you decide to buy it. Well, I suppose it’s better than a demo. GameSessions lets you play the full game for a specific amount of time, and then if you buy it, the game is added to your Steam library and you can keep going from there.

For instance, Action Henk allows for a 30 minute trial whereas Alan Wake only allows for 20 minutes.  Warhammer 40k: Space Marine gives you an hour. Notice I started with the As and then scrolled down quite a bit. Right now their game selection is, to say the least, limited, but trialing a game through GameSessions (assuming you find they have anything worth trialing) is significantly less troublesome than buying something through Steam, playing it up to 2 hours, and then refunding it if you don’t like it. But I don’t see them finding much in the way of success until they can fill out their library a bit more.

As for Civilization: Beyond Earth: it’s certainly not a bad game, but I didn’t feel like it did enough to differentiate itself from Civilization V, but since it’s free to play this weekend, with only the minor hurdle of creating a Gamesessions account to go through, you can check out the game for yourself and come to your own conclusions. The free trial, however, doesn’t include the Rising Tide expansion from last year. If you like it though, Humble Bundle has the game on sale.


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  1. I’ve been trying to play this game for two hours now and all it does is crash! It crashes if you have any other launcher or monitoring service (such as Amd gaming evolved or the Bethesda launcher) running in the background it seems. They didnt make sure this crap launcher was stable enough for the public before they sent it out so I think Ill just delete and move on.

    • Hi Ken,

      Sorry you’ve had some problems getting into the game, I hope you get there and enjoy it. We genuinely appreciate feedback so please do raise a support ticket at gamesessions if you want any specific help, but I wanted to explain a little of the background and to ask for patience whilst we sort out the kinks- this is our first Free Weekend with Humble Bundle.

      Whilst GameSessions works fine with Steam and most software you might have on your PC, some of the power of the PC comes from it being so open, but that does mean that there’s a bit more of a chance that there will be conflicts from time to time.

      AMD Gaming Evolved gets involved in working to optimise your game settings, monitoring performance and allowing streaming out video, that means it has to be involved in various bits of your PC’s workings and therefore can easily cause conflicts. We are working hard to make the two systems work side by side, but for the moment we just ask that you switch it off during the trial.

      The Bethesda Launcher is different and quite new- I think it only came out with the new Fallout Shelter game, so we haven’t had time to understand what that’s doing that conflicts with our stuff. It’s not obvious to me yet quite why it would have anything to do with your play of the Free Weekend. We are looking in to this so hopefully we’ll have a fix soon, but it wont be for this weekend, sorry!

      Civilization Beyond Earth does take a little time to get into, as its setting is quite unlike classic Civ games, but it’s worth it, and the Rising Tide expansion is good too, so I hope you persist and enjoy the experience!


      Ed @ GameSessions