Civilization coming to Facebook in 2010

Sid Meier announces that his time-consuming strategy sim will soon conquer the time-consuming social network with a new multiplayer app.

The Civilization series was so time-consuming, its creators set up a parody addiction support group, Civilization Anonymous. Another particularly effective computer-based time killer is the social network Facebook, whose myriad applications and games have consumed countless numbers of potential work hours.

Sid Meier is thinking up new ways to destroy your free time.

Now, it appears the aforementioned two black holes of free time may soon join forces. In a Facebook post, Civilization creator and Firiaxis director of creative development Sid Meier announced that his studio and 2K Games are bringing a free-to-play version of the series to the social network.

"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," said Meier. "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."

According to Meier, Civilization Network will heavily feature multiplayer participation, with Facebook friends sharing technology and coordinating strategy in battles. Players' friends will be able to participate in elections and help decide resource management, as well as assist in espionage or the construction of Wonders of the World.

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80 comments
burn6
burn6

Is it out yet?!

akhauskinz
akhauskinz

I am pretty sure this apps existence is to try and promote sales for civ V. so no, I doubt it will hurt the quality of anything, except maybe the app itself.

timeck
timeck

Well, Realm of Empires had given me hope on what FB apps can be. Let's see what the professionals can do. I am hopeful.

big-boss-91
big-boss-91

bad idea, all facebook games have rubbish graphics and pointless, farmville for example, waste of time

Quinzark
Quinzark

wonder if it'll be playable on 360's facebook connection XD

razorback187
razorback187

This is a big step forward for gaming, and a huge step backward for human productivity.

DELTSTEEZE
DELTSTEEZE

Sid, I love u but this is a baaaaad idea...

iron_zealot7531
iron_zealot7531

boo @ this decision just as long as it doesn't detract from making Civ V, I don't really care

Habast
Habast

As long as it's designed like a civ game and not like most facebook apps, I'm all for it. I laughed when I saw the "Sid Meier is thinking up new ways to destroy your free time." caption. lol

mertcx
mertcx

we love sid meier...

Troika101
Troika101

rofl the picture quote: "Sid Meier is thinking up new ways to destroy your free time." Sooo true...

QSplice
QSplice

hm, They could make the battles like bomberman. That'd be one. Old concepts is always a revolution these days.

xXZak-ataKXx
xXZak-ataKXx

@dortega120 if you dont like mafia wars,check out MOB WARS,its better in my opinion

dortega120
dortega120

Finally a descent app on Facebook, way better than Mafia Wars.

Zazabar11
Zazabar11

Cool, just 1 more thing to block on facebook. I'd much rather just play civ 4.

Wikipedian
Wikipedian

Facebook and Civ are the two most addicting things ever. This can't be good for me...

InsertWittyID
InsertWittyID

I hate the endless spam that comes from Facebook apps, and yet I love Civilization. I'm not sure what to think.

itsTolkien_time
itsTolkien_time

I may actually start going on FB again just to try this out. I'm probably the only 14 year old who thinks social networking is ridiculous. So much worthless info from so many friends...

Mystic-Forest
Mystic-Forest

Oh dear. If its anything like Civ 3 and if it works then oh dear indeed. They will definitely need a FACEBOOK CIVILIZATION ANONYMOUS

darfvader
darfvader

now just gimme a warhammer tabletop app and i can die happy

punkpunker
punkpunker

well there goes the social life in a social network!

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

Oh... my... god :O I spent close to 5 years of my life on Civilization, and it begins again!

HerbalVideogame
HerbalVideogame

@SDBusDriver1979 I think your posts rule as much as your avatar. So does Civilization, in the gaming world and the real world, tho lately...

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

Right when I got over my addiction to Civ Rev, they do this so that Gandhi and Lincoln can continue their war against me while Cleopatra sits in the back building up tech and culture. It never ends.

Neo_Gamer81
Neo_Gamer81

oh no... well there goes my free time.

Sumbelina
Sumbelina

Oh dear lord! Because Civ 3 didn't do enough to eat up my time in college! LOL. Rock on Sid.

Col-Neil
Col-Neil

If this works wow good bye free time lol

koHd
koHd

I reactivated my Facebook account as soon as I read this. Having a long running multiplayer online game of Civilization with people you know = awesome. I just hope it's as good as the full game.

fourthgeartappe
fourthgeartappe

They should do more simplified crossovers to Facebook apps. I can think of no less than a dozen games that might be fun converted to a simple app format. That way, even when I'm not with my consoles, I can still be an addict! It's already going to be bad enough having Facebook on my 360 come November...

thedemon44
thedemon44

O.M.G. lols. I mean... LOLS!!! hahaha. I dont have anything productive to add to this one.

JimmyCos
JimmyCos

I must agree on everything of this article, Civ and Facebook are too addictive, they can destroy your life ahahaha but there's something i don't like about the civilization multiplayer: most people focus on war, you can't try to be a cultural or economic power, the only way to win is by war

lukas1051
lukas1051

Hahaha, really! Cool. I must say, Facebook games are damn addictive, I'm level 28 on FarmTown!

blakeney
blakeney

@ bigd2232 wow your really got your finger on the pulse of modern society! every thought of going into marketing? all this time ad companies and app makers have been under some illusion that most fb users spend most their time on fb using an app/game of some kind, and alot only logg on fb to play/use the app/game.

baystatethrashr
baystatethrashr

as much as i love facebook i try to stay away from the facebook games but i will definitely play this one.

SkidRow18
SkidRow18

i have been playing mafia wars now, civilization will be the most played game on facebook like farmville

skemaal
skemaal

Hmmm...gonna keep an eye on the dev. of this. My wife is going psycho on Farmville and CafeWorld and is trying to get me to play. Nope!!! But CIV if its properly done considering the restraints of FB apps? Perhaps :)

bowlingotter
bowlingotter

Oh no. I wasted enough time on Scrabulous before they outlawed it. Civilization on Facebook? There goes my productivity at work.

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@malverick Well that's too bad. But in the event you can one day get one of the two, I'd recommend a PC ;)

malverick
malverick

@parrot_of_adun - You are correct that entry level PCs would easily play a game of Civilization. However, I have already spent money on purchasing a "gaming device" (Wii) - which Firaxis don't seem to be interested in developing for. Therefore I either choose to buy an Xbox / PC to play the game - or I miss out. I've had to choose to miss out.

deakinj
deakinj

...and there goes "IRL" civilization..

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@malverick Well with Civilization, you really don't need to spend alot to get a pc that can play it. It would definitely be worth it. But I suppose the Wii may the next best thing since the controls could work better for Civ than a traditional controller.

malverick
malverick

The very first game I played on the PC was Civilization - and I've been a fan since. However, I no longer have a PC to play the game on - I do, however, own a Wii ( please - no Wii bashing today... ) and would love to see the franchise on the Wii - not bloody Facebook.

Spectre-123
Spectre-123

This will crush the likes of Farmville ... Civilization has always been so addictive...