Today publisher 2K Games announced that the next iteration of the critically acclaimed Civilization series will land on North American PCs September 21. The rest of the world will have to wait until the 24 to get in on the turn-based action.
Developed by Firaxis Games, Sid Meier’s Civilization V features numerous changes that significantly alter gameplay. These changes include, a newly created hex-based grid system, “a heightened tactical combat system; vast, realistic landscapes to explore; deeper diplomatic interactions; and an array of expanded features.”
Civilization V will utilize Valve’s Steamworks DRM system, meaning gamers are going to have to install Steam in order to play Civ V. On the bright side, that also means you get access to “auto-updating, Steam Achievements, downloadable content, multiplayer matchmaking and more.”
Am I the only one surprised by this news? Maybe I’m just going crazy, but I could have sworn that Civ V was just announced a few months ago. This seems like an awfully fast turn around, especially considering that the Civilization series is one of the most widely respected games series ever made.
What do you guys think? Does this seem quick to you? Are you excited about Civ V? Does the inclusion of Steamworks make you more likely or less likely to pick this game up?