Sid Meier, the strategy game genius that single-handedly sapped away hundreds of hours of my late teen years with his Civ franchise, has announced that Civilization will soon be getting a free-to-play Facebook app.
Called Civilization Network, the persistent nature of the community will allow the devious, political machinations requisite in a good game of Civilization to flourish, making the social networking site perhaps the ultimate way to enjoy the concept.
Well, we’re not so sure if that last statement rings true, but we’re ready to get away from Mafia Wars! The game’s set to launch in 2010. Below you’ll find the official word from Sid himself (PR Team) as posted on fansite CivFanatics.com.
Hello Civ Fans!
I wanted to let you know we’ll soon be looking for beta testers to help us develop a unique new way to play Civilization. Ever since we finished Civilization® Revolution™ last year, I’ve been looking at ways of expanding the Civ gameplay experience to include solo, competitive and cooperative play to take advantage of the uniqueness of social networks. We’re calling this project Civilization® Network™ and the full game will be available next year on Facebook. Civilization Network will allow you to join together with your friends to create the world’s most powerful, richest, smartest, or just plain coolest civilization. You can coordinate your strategy to win great battles, share your technology to jump ahead of your rivals, lobby your family and friends to form your own government and win vital elections, manage and grow your cities to maximize production and happiness, spy on your enemies, and work with your friends to create the great Wonders of the World. The game will offer everything you enjoy in Civ in a fully persistent environment – you can play as much as you like, whenever you like, and it’ll be free to play.
We’ll offer a closed beta of the game soon, so stay tuned for details on how you can sign-up to participate. The full game will launch in 2010. For more information about Civilization Network, including development updates and behind-the-scenes posts from me and the Firaxis team, join our Facebook fanpage here: www.facebook.com/civnetwork.
Thanks and Stay Civilized!
Director of Creative Development