Who’s keen for a spot of empire-building?! 2K has announced the release date for Sid Meier’s Civilization VI – the 21st of October 2016. It’s the 25th anniversary of the Civilization series and 2K and Firaxis Games have decided to celebrate by announcing the next entry in the award-winning turn-based strategy franchise.
The game is currently in development for PC and will offer players new ways to interact with the world, expand their empires, advance their cultures and compete against history’s greatest leaders to build a powerful, long-standing civilisation.
The silver anniversary of the series and impending release of Civilization VI is another milestone for the franchise, which has sold over 34 million units worldwide and brought the strategy genre into the mainstream. In the new entry, cities will physically expand across the map to create new, deep strategic layers. In addition, active research in technology and culture will unlock new potential ways to play. Based on their historical character traits, the large variety of leaders will pursue their own motives as players race to achieve victory, regardless of how they choose to play.
The visual representation of the game has been inspired by the maps and tools of the Age of Exploration and several key gameplay changes have been made to reflect this, such as expansive cities and active research. The new game is promised to be an entirely unique experience while keeping true to the features that make Civilization so special.
Here’s an overview of the features players can expect from the new title in October:
Watch your empire spread over the map as each city now spans multiple tiles so you can custom build cities to take full advantage of the local terrain.
You can now unlock boosts which speed up your civilization’s progress through history. You can also use your units to actively explore, develop your environment and discover new cultures in order to advance even quicker.
Interactions with other civilizations change over the course of the game, all the way from primitive first interactions where conflict is an expected fact of life to late game alliances and negotiations
Expanding on the “one unit per tile” design, your 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.
Should you grow tired of beating the resources out of your friends, very slowly, in traditional multiplayer modes, you can now cooperate and compete with your friends in a wide variety of situations which are designed to be easily completed in single sessions.
A Civ for All Players
Civilization VI offers veteran players new ways to build and tune their civilization for the greatest chance of success while new tutorial systems have been designed to introduce new players to the underlying concepts of Civilization so they can easily get started on a path to victory.
Civilization VI is now available for pre-order on Windows PC and will be released worldwide on October 21st 2016 for $59.99/£49.99/€59.99. Players can also buy the Digital Deluxe Edition, which includes the full base game, the 25th Anniversary Digital Soundtrack, and access to four post-launch DLC packs that will add new maps, scenarios, civilizations and leaders for a bundled discount.