The planned demo for Civilization V will not be released before the game hits retail, according to Firaxis.
The news was posted on the game's official website, and states the demo will instead be released on September 21, which is the same day the game hits store shelves and digital outlets in the US.
"The question many of you are probably asking now is 'didn’t you say it would be available before the release date?' The answer to that question is yes," wrote the developer.
"At the time of that announcement, we expected to be able to get the demo out before the 21st, but unfortunately we weren’t able to finalize it in the timeframe we had initially planned, and for that we’re very sorry."
Details on what will be included in the demo have yet to be released.