2K Games has announced that the fifth entry in Sid Meier’s epic Civilization franchise is now in development at Firaxis Games for the PC (sadly no news yet on possible console or Mac versions).
Promising players an “an astonishing new engine built from the ground-up” 2K Games say players will be “introduced to an entirely new combat system, deeper diplomatic interactions and a cavalcade of expanded features”.
Amongst the new features are fully animated leaders interacting with players from a screen-filling diplomatic scene and speaking in their native language, “more exciting and intense” combat and the addition of ranged bombardment allowing players to fire weapons from behind the front lines.
“Sid Meier’s Civilization franchise has been recognized as one of the greatest PC game franchises of all time with millions of units sold worldwide,” said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. “Civilization V takes the franchise further by offering players a more immersive experience with deeper strategies; heightened tactical combat; vast, realistic landscapes to explore, battle over and claim as their own; and an in-game community hub where Civ fans can share content and compete against each other without leaving the game. This marks a new era that will forever change the franchise responsible for sleep deprivation and reduced productivity for nearly two decades.”
“Each new version of Civilization presents exciting challenges for our team,” said Sid Meier, director of creative development at Firaxis Games. “Thankfully, ideas on how to bring new and fun experiences to Civ players never seem to stop flowing. From fully animated leaders and realistic landscapes, new combat tactics, expanded diplomacy and shared mods, we’re excited for players to see the new vision our team at Firaxis has brought to the series.”
It’s also been confirmed that Meier is leading the design of Civilization Network, a Civ game for Facebook.