2K Games Announces Sid Meier’s Civilization V in Development at World Renowned Firaxis Games Studio

February 18, 2010

2K Games Announces Sid Meier’s
Civilization V in Development at World Renowned Firaxis Games Studio

Gaming’s most prolific strategy
franchise takes the PC experience to new heights this fall

2K Games today announced that Sid
Meier’s Civilization V, the newest entry from the genre-defining strategy-based
franchise, is currently in development at Firaxis Games for PC. Civilization V
reinvigorates the classic turn-based strategy genre with an astonishing new
engine built from the ground-up for this flagship edition of the Civilization
franchise. Players are introduced to an entirely new combat system, deeper
diplomatic interactions and a cavalcade of expanded features that deliver a
fully immersive experience providing hours of entertainment as players build and
defend their empire on their quest to become the greatest ruler the world has
ever known.

Civilization V takes this definitive
strategy game series in new directions with the introduction of hexagon tiles
allowing for deeper strategy, more realistic gameplay and stunning organic
landscapes for players to explore as they expand their empire. The brand new
engine orchestrates a spectacular visual experience that brings players closer
to the Civ experience than ever, featuring fully animated leaders interacting
with players from a screen-filling diplomatic scene and speaking in their native
language for the first time. Wars between empires feel massive as armies
dominate the landscape, and combat is more exciting and intense than ever
before. The addition of ranged bombardment allows players to fire weapons from
behind the front lines, challenging players to develop clever new strategies to
guarantee victory on the battlefield. In addition to the new gameplay features
debuting in Civilization V, an extensive suite of community, modding and
multiplayer elements will also make an appearance.

"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."

In addition to Civilization V,
Firaxis Games is also currently developing Sid Meier’s Civilization Network, a
Civ game for Facebook. With Sid Meier leading design, Civilization Network will
offer yet another option for world domination to both the casual gamer and the
biggest fans of the series. It’s another way to access the famously addictive
world of Civilization.

For more information on Sid Meier’s
Civilization V, please visit
www.civilization.com
To find out more about Sid Meier’s Civilization Network visit

www.facebook.com/civnetwork
.