It’s been nearly six years since there was a new, proper Civilization game. That’s changing later this year, with the newly announced Civilization VI.
Here’s the official trailer for the game, due to arrive on October 21 on PC:
In the new game, cities now physically expand on the map, units can be combined into a single tile, and there are new multiplayer modes designed for players to finish a game in a single session. (That last one is smart!)
It seems like Civilization VI will make a big emphasis on expanding diplomacy , with the developers promising changes that play out over the course of the game, “from primitive first interactions where conflict is a fact of life, to late game alliances and negotiations.”
If you’ve never played a Civilization game before—like, say, me—you might be daunted by the series, but Firaxis Games is promising Civilization VI will include a new slate of tutorials designed to ramp in new players. That said, they also made a point that veterans will have ample opportunity to tweak the game to their liking, hopefully removing any worries it’s being nerfed.
There’s also a “digital deluxe” edition that offers a discount on “four DLC packs” that will “add new maps, scenarios, civilizations and leaders.”