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Civilization 6 in development for PC, releases in October

Firaxis Games is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Civilization series by announcing Sid Meier’s Civilization 6.

Civilization 6 in development for PC, releases in October

According to the studio, cities in Civ 6 will physically expand across the map and the various leaders in the game "will pursue their own agendas," based on their historical character traits.

“Civilization 6 builds on the firm foundation of the Civilization franchise, and we’ve added many exciting new elements,” said Ed Beach, lead designer.

“The visual presentation of the game is inspired by the maps and tools of the Age of Exploration, and we’ve made several key gameplay changes such as expansive cities and active research which makes it an entirely unique experience while remaining true to what makes the Civilization series so special.”

The next entry in the turn-based strategy franchise is in development for PC and will contain the following features.

  • Expansive Empires: See the marvels of your empire spread across the map like never before. Each city spans multiple tiles so you can custom build your cities to take full advantage of the local terrain;
  • Active Research: Unlock boosts that speed your civilization’s progress through history. To advance more quickly, use your units to actively explore, develop your environment, and discover new cultures;
  • Dynamic Diplomacy: Interactions with other civilizations change over the course of the game, from primitive first interactions where conflict is a fact of life, to late game alliances and negotiations;
  • Combined Arms: Expanding on the “one unit per tile” design, support units can now be embedded with other units, like anti-tank support with infantry, or a warrior with settlers. Similar units can also be combined to form powerful “Corps” units;
  • Enhanced Multiplayer: In addition to traditional multiplayer modes, cooperate and compete with your friends in a wide variety of situations all designed to be easily completed in a single session;
  • A Civ for all Players: Civilization 6 provides veteran players new ways to build and tune their civilization for the greatest chance of success. New tutorial systems are designed to introduce new players to the underlying concepts of Civilization so they can easily get started on a path to victory.

Civilization 6 is available for pre-order now and will be released worldwide on October 21 for $59.99/£49.99/€59.99.

Check out the announcement trailer above narrated by Sean Bean, who replaces the illustrious Leonard Nimoy, who we sadly lost last year.





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