2K and Firaxis Games just announced that in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Civilization series, Sid Meier’s Civilization® VI will be released worldwide on October 21, 2016.
“…Civilization VI…will provide the most detailed, beautiful and complete experience ever featured in a Civilization game”
At first glance, there appear to some interesting new features that will be added to the newest installment in the series:
- 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 VI 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.
It will be interesting to see how the Combined Arms will play out; more specifically how they will implement the stacking of similar units. One can only hope that they have learned from the mistakes of Civilization IV (infinite stacking of doom) and will limit the maximum stack size for each tile.
With the failure of Civilization: Beyond Earth to maintain the momentum gained from the success of Civilization V, it is fair to say that this series has accumulated a lot of jaded fans that will require much more than just updated graphics and smoother gameplay to win them back. Here’s to hoping that Sid Meier’s Civilization® VI will right the wrongs of the previous installment and return the series to its glory days of just one more turn.
Sid Meier’s Civilization® VI is available for pre-order now on Windows PC, and will be released worldwide on October 21, 2016 for $59.99USD. A deluxe edition is also available which includes the 25th Anniversary Digital Soundtrack and access to four post-launch DLC packs.
For more information check out the official website: