Publisher 2K games has lifted the official lid on Firaxis Games’ Sid Meier’s Civilization V, a brand new entry in the popular PC strategy series.
Civ V boasts a brand new game engine that brings with it a new combat system, deeper diplomatic relations and a redesigned hexagon tile mechanic producing “stunning organic landscapes”.
Fully animated national leaders make for tense diplomatic exchanges, with races all speaking in their native language. Ranged combat will also play a bigger part, as will an increased focus on the modding community and multiplayer elements of the title.
“Each new version of Civilization presents exciting challenges for our team,” Firaxis’ creative development director Sid Meier stated.
“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.”
2K Games president Christoph Hartmann added: “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.
“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.”
Fans of the series will also no doubt be aware that development on Facebook game Civilization Network continues.