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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?

Source: Shacknews.com

  1. I’m excited for Civ 5, but I’m not so keen on having to use Steam. I love Civ games so I guess I’ll have to make the sacrifice.

  2. Assuming it demonstrates the same quality and fun of previous titles, I haven’t got an issue with adding it to my Steam account. As far as the turnaround time, maybe Firaxis is just better at keeping under-development projects quiet than most publishers.

  3. They did a hands-off demo of it at PAX East, and it looked hawt. Obviously need to play it to know for sure, but the removing of stackable units and the conversion to the hex grid are both exciting developments to me.

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  4. Yeah, but they’ve been working on this for over 3 years. The guy they brought in that did the mods on civ4 has basically been working on this since then. It was just under wraps. The game is practically playable now, they’re just doing testing and tweaking.

    • avatar Dick

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  5. avatar Bobby

    Disappointed..1. RAM Is that realistic ?2. If you enter a car who has no1 inisde and you go into another car then the empty car you drove will begin driving without anyone inisde.3.Steering and holding Horn and Shifting gears at the same time ?.. 3rd hand ( sure why not)4.Mirrors.. 2011 and still very bad quality.and alot more..waited for it for a long time and at this point im not attracted to the game that much anymore.

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