Civilization IV expands

Add-on for the popular Sid Meier game series coming in July, will include 12 new scenarios and five new wonders.

Sid Meier's Civilization series of PC strategy games has featured plenty of diplomacy at the tip of spears and swords, but now the developer wants to pay a bit more attention to diplomacy at the end of a barrel. 2K today announced that it is readying Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword, the second expansion pack to 2005's Civilization IV.

The expansion focuses on adding content to the in-game time periods following the invention of gunpowder, and will add 12 new scenarios, some of which have been designed by members of Civilization IV's fan community.

There will also be 10 new factions to choose from, including Portugal, Babylon, and the Netherlands, as well as 16 new leaders. Other new content includes five new wonders of the world to discover--for example, the Statue of Zeus, Mausoleum of Maussollos, and the Maoi Statues.

Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword will be released worldwide in July. It is published by 2K and developed by Firaxis Games.

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76 comments
dhiti
dhiti

The game is not officially released here in Thailand yet, only the pirated one available. But I don't buy pirates. I wish that 2K will release this expansion pack soon in Thailand. I just can't wait to play the game !!!

thebubbleprince
thebubbleprince

Ive recently started playing it again surprisingly i know what to do. But new content means more fun and more time fiddling with the computer AI :D

nowayyousmurf
nowayyousmurf

Vikings were in the first expansion warlords... we will probably see the same civvies from the Civ III expansions, but if they add new ones that will definately be interesting

uberjannie
uberjannie

More diplomacy? I certainly hope they have fixed the friendly border issues by then.. Nothing is worse than to not having a functional city because some stupid nation's border have some world wonders and their culture overtakes mine..

andante79
andante79

Re: Zebkammerer I played the game a bit longer, I admit.... However, it is a game for the mainstream players... children.. In CTPII one of my favorite concepts were "public works". You had to put some of your budget into PW and had to make the roads, irrigation etc yourself. If you had pri on production you would have a slow start but eventually succeed at the end with an invinsible production capasity. You also could upgrade each tile three times. It gave a major strategic element as were to put your effort, besides having workers just running around like today. CIV today focus way to much on zooming close-up to the unit. Whats the strategic point of looking at the unit up-close and with an animation that takes a decade. CIV should rather try to implenment Cossacks II or AoEII unit handling to make it more realistic. Then you may also go into RTS instead of turn-based. CIV is my favorite game troughout times. However, they havent been able to make the game more giant and varied, rather than more pretty. The game has become commercial only, and not with the passion and new-thinking-mode of the earlier versions. The biggest new thing about CIV IV besides the map (which is poor compared to Medieval II, Cossacks II, AoE II or Simcity 4.... imagine CIV on a Simcity map....)... is the voice of Nimoy which gives some nice ring to it. However medieval II also has this in a event better way. Expansions-packs make me furious as they lower the quality of the main release, and threat their players as stupid people who they can take more money from. An expansion should be the exception-rule when one wants to make big improvements to the current version that cannont wait until the new version is finished. Introducing some new factions, units and campaigns is not major changes.

Nuclear_Kernel
Nuclear_Kernel

Espionage and the corporation features sound interesting but nothing groundbreaking that justify an expansion. Considering the patching and improving of the A.I. is more like a patch a la WoW.

zebkammerer
zebkammerer

andante- ?wha? A week? I've been playing it for months! There's no end to the combinations of game modes! Aquatine- Have you tried Galactic Civ 2? Gamespot has a demo. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Aquatine
Aquatine

thunder350, space age is something that was only half touched on many years ago and when it came out, i bought it and played it like crazy, but it got boring... simply because to replay history is easy because you know about the innovations of the past... but not the future... the game would be huge and terrific if it continued into space, and multiple alien races after that, and may be some of the earth races slit off to colonise and for you to fight against... but remember remember that Alpha Centuri contender... the maker needs content! with maybe a semi 3-d interface... but then think of the logistical nightmare for programmers... i don't think it'll ever happen... :(

andante79
andante79

Dissapointing news!!!! Who cares about some new scenarios and some new factions. This is only to exploit the hardcore-players. Civ IV was a uncomplete game due to 2ks buy-up of the brand, and the game is from ancient times - 2005. They should instead introduce Civilization V. I don like expansions packs, especially when they from the start released a ripped original intented for expansions. The point with expansions is to include major new concepts allowing a way different gameexperience... if they are to be justified. I was a hardcorde civ-player with CIV I-III and CTP I-II. My favorite besides legendary CIV I was CTP II. Civ III was i dissapointment. Civ IV is a genre-change away from the original moods of civ. Civ need to retur to basic hardcore fans in order to not becoming just another boring game which one play for a week.

websagar
websagar

good will like to play hope to see somethin new...:D

brecht165
brecht165

Yes! I'm happy - at last a new update - it stays fun this way for me :) not too soon not too late

desolation00
desolation00

Just another delay till the compilation with all the expansions comes out and I buy it. I'm frugal that way. quigonjinn23, I do agree with you on the need for innovation. However, seeing how little the other major franchises innovate while still selling buttloads, you can likely see why they wouldn't innovate much. The Civ franchise is hardly dead, but a nice transfusion wouldn't hurt. Innovation may not occur much in the main game series itself (i.e. V, VI, VII) because of fan expectations, but a spinoff of Civ would be interesting.

akazergling2
akazergling2

"Stalin was in the game, so why not Hitler Because while Hitler was planned to be in the game, Germany along with I believe the EU said they would ban the game if he was. I know Germany said this and I'm pretty sure about the EU that is.

MariusSE
MariusSE

I hope there's Vikings :-/

cbesett
cbesett

you can download better add-ons and mods for free.

munsoned
munsoned

ied like to see a nother console port....

quigonjinn23
quigonjinn23

i got both games civ4 and warlords and i was a big fan of civ but honestly i think its stuck on the same thing it follows the same path its not more innovation..thats why i got bored even the expansion warlords ..i hope when they launch civ5 if they do hope it will be revolutionary..otherwise i think this franchise is dead.

thunder350
thunder350

We need a "Space Age" focus aswell. Wheres all the flying ships and such? :(

Mutated_Nantuko
Mutated_Nantuko

In the immortal words of Peter Griffin: "Freakin' sweet."

Timotht
Timotht

More civilization can only be a good thing

veveqa
veveqa

Yay, I'd say, as the post-gunpowder era could always have done with quite a bit more content. Civ V is unlikely to be far off, anyway, if that's what you're concerned about.

PacoL250
PacoL250

Hmm...I haven't picked up the Civ Chronicles pack since I sold Civ III...wonder if I should wait until this expansion comes out this summer... Suggestions?

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

More expansions.... yay or sigh?

Red_Knight_Alex
Red_Knight_Alex

This is great news! I know a lot of people always complain about the lack of diplomacy in these types of games so perhaps this new expansion will help solve the problem. My personal strategy is be nice to everyone and then when they attack (as most usually do) destroy them!

ThrillhouseLive
ThrillhouseLive

Smart move putting this game out during the summer break, hope it doesn't ruin my work ethic like it ruined my study habits.

Sandro909
Sandro909

Now? It might just be me... but I was done with Civ4 a long time ago. It seems a little weird to release an expansion pack now... :?

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

I should consider getting this game. I just finished Medieval and I need a new game to move on to.

sens_rocks_40
sens_rocks_40

awesome another civ 4 expansion. ill definitley pick this up. civ 4 ftw

Achilles438
Achilles438

excellent. I will definitly give this game a try.

thebubbleprince
thebubbleprince

Awesome! And makeing the game better for me! Man its been at least sadly 2 weeks since i play Civ4 :(

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

Wow another expansion for CIV IV. I need to get the first one still, I will probably end up getting both though. Because CIV games rock.

Archon_basic
Archon_basic

I'm going to need more than "new" leaders and civs to pick this one up. I've already played as Babylon, Portugal, the Dutch, and built the Statue of Zeus. Sitting Bull is at least entirely new, it'll be interesting to see who else is in. The tweaked epic game, the new corporations and the enhanced AI are what interest me most. If the AI is really smarter in Beyond the Sword then I'll pick it up on launch, if not then I'll probably hold off for a while. Firaxis would have an amazing game on their hands if they could create an artificial intelligence that makes smart decisions and doesn't need to be propped up with economic advantages on higher difficulties.

jdhas
jdhas

@daytona_178, What is the point of your comment? Civ IV was a terrific game, the Warlords expansion added some nice strategic nirvana, and I am sure this new expansion will suck many, many hours out of my free time!

Daytona_178
Daytona_178

Never played any of these games before.

FLYmeatwad
FLYmeatwad

Why July? I want more Civ 4 now!

coollizy
coollizy

Hooray! More civs to play! This... This is the happiest day of my life... T_T

HuxleyHobbes
HuxleyHobbes

Maoi, you say? Certainly worth getting then.