It was announced today that Sid Meier’s Civilization franchise will be growing once more, returning to the popular PC franchise after their diversion into console territory with Civilization Revolution. Firaxis and 2K Games will be releasing Civilization V this fall. The franchise is back and seemingly better than ever. It was created from the ground up with an entirely new game engine, which will improve the visual appeal of the landscapes. The game engine isn’t the only thing that is new or updated, however.
Civilization V will come with a new combat system and a new way of displaying the tiles – in a hexagon. Firaxis has promised that, with this system, there will be a plethora of additional strategic options in battle, as well as new additions to your arsenal that will make combat much more exciting than in past games. This is a big point for me, since I considered battling in past Civilization games to be quite boring, to be honest. I was much more into the details of growing a civilization and playing around with diplomacy.
Speaking of diplomacy, there will be more varied and deeper diplomatic options this time around, including fully animated leaders that apparently all speak in their native tongue. Along with that, there will be some intense-sounding new community features for player interaction and mod development.
Civilization V isn’t the only thing Firaxis has up its sleeve. More casual gamers should note that they’re working on Sid Meier’s Civilization Network, as well. This is a Civilization game for Facebook, which combines social networking and the universe’s best world domination game (after Risk, the board game, sorry Firaxis).
Take a look at a few of the first screens from Civilization V below, noting, of course, the new hexagonal tiles which are sure to amp up the strategy level. Again, look for this title to be out for the PC this fall.