Firaxis announces Civilization VI

11 May 2016 5

I know I'm not alone when I say that Sid Meier's Civilization series has produced some of the greatest moments on my PC. No other series of games has gotten as many logged hours as Civilization, and now my kids are even jumping in, setting up epic multiplayer matches against each other. While I greatly enjoy Civ 5, my heart belongs to Civ 2 and my brain belongs to Civ 4. Still, I love them all (well, maybe not Civ 3 so much) and was excited to hear this morning that Firaxis has announced Civilization VI, and it's coming to PC this October.

Civilization VI will continue the hex-grid map started in the current edition, but from there things seem a bit different. Cities will actually grow and spread across the continents and they've dumped the one-hex/one-unit rule (kind of):

  • 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 introduce new players to the underlying concepts so they can easily get started.

Civilization VI won't be released until October 21 for PC, but you can go ahead and pre-order the game right now for $60.

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