Civilization Facebook renamed, alpha test starts Jan. 12

Social network version of Sid Meier's addictive strategy game now called Civilization World; test subjects wanted.

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Both Civilization and Facebook are notorious for being habit forming. So virtual addicts everywhere trembled when, in late 2009, Civilization creator Sid Meier announced that his studio was bringing a free-to-play version of the series to the social network. Called Civilization Network, the project was to launch in 2010. However, the year came and went without a launch, raising some questions about the game's status.

Civilization and Facebook together? The world trembles.

Those questions were answered today when, in an open letter posted on Facebook, Meier revealed that the game--now called Civilization World--will begin its alpha test on January 12. Those wishing to participate can go to www.2kgames.com/civworld/alpha to register. However, before they do, they must form a team with their friends to test out the game's multiplayer-centric gameplay. Teams can range from five to 50 people and must have a single team leader. They will receive their acceptance confirmations starting January 10.

Civilization World will see Facebook friends join other friends to form nations in an effort to--what else--rule the in-game world. The games will have a "well-defined beginning and end," according to Meier, and will feature the same eras of time as the full-fledged Civilization games. The game will also feature short-term missions that, when finished, will unlock trophies in the game.

Discussion

21 comments
gixty7
gixty7

facebook is soon going to die, too much crap on there. Most of my friends have stop using it.

wernerrvos
wernerrvos

oh yeah! really looking forward to this.

Gruug
Gruug

There are very few Facebook games that are really "fun". Actually, I can't think of one. I have tried many and just can't get into them.

daabulls23
daabulls23

Does anything really beat Civ via e-mail?

NeilCardiff
NeilCardiff

Civ-ville erm, Farm-ization, ermmm..... I'm not on Farcebook, so why do I care? Oh that's right, I don't.

nathan83_xp
nathan83_xp

civ v just updated last december, and introduced huge number of features including that thingy when you hover your mouse pointer on top of the relations with another civ, it will actually tell you why they are happy or angry at you. example of the words to hover over are, friendly, guarded neutral and hostile.

Shardz7
Shardz7

I have a better idea...how about forgetting about friggin' Facebook and start working on better diplomacy in Civ V! I guess they pretty much all but abandoned the idea of players actually knowing what's going on in their games.

eyeball2452
eyeball2452

Great ... a fb Civ game ... fix Civ V first before going all Zynga, nickle and dime on us.

RyuRanVII
RyuRanVII

I'll give it a try. Love the series.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Eh, I have Civ V and can play it without my Mom messaging me every 10 minutes. *pass*

tehepicpwnzor
tehepicpwnzor

The world's two most addicting things... put together. This might just be the death of my relationship with everyone I care about.

Grovilis
Grovilis

Interesting concept. I would personally love to play a CIV game with those friends who don't exactly have a great running PC. Just hope that this project doesn't take up too much of their time so that the next CIV is delayed. :/

Slyfox_EPIC
Slyfox_EPIC

oh god. . . . here we go again. . . X(

params7
params7

They can battle it out with AoE Online

Evenios
Evenios

hope they make an ipad app too!

okassar
okassar

I hope it's at least nearly as good as Civ 4, otherwise it's just another garbage facebook app time waster.