Facebook Civilization should debut 'this summer'

Sid Meier tells CNN that Civilization World's debut is just weeks away, offers details about gameplay mechanics, design.

With critical darling Civilization V having been out since last September, Sid Meier has been focusing on his next effort: Civilization for Facebook. Now, nearly four months after the start of the alpha test for the title, called Civilization World, the legendary game designer has offered cable news network CNN some details on both its progress and its game design.

Facebook gamers will be able to enter Civ World this summer.

Of foremost importance to those wanting to play Civilization World, Meier said he expects the game to launch sometime this summer, a year and a half after the project was first announced. He said the long development cycle stemmed from having to combine the turn-based gameplay mechanic of a standard Civilization game with the more gradual pace of a Facebook title.

Having various players contribute to a game at different times "fundamentally changes the mechanics of the game because if you are not there at the same time as other players, there needs to be ways of leaving messages, ways of communicating. Things have to happen at a pace where everybody can be included."

Civilization World's hybrid nature will also require some adjustment from traditional Civ players. Each game's world will consist of 200 people, with individual players trying to win victory in one of the previous game's spheres of influence: military, science, economy, or culture. However, the game will also ask players to cooperate with one another to advance in the game.

"You have your own city to manage and you can do all kinds of stuff [solo]," Meier said. "However, the most successful players will be those that can also work together with other players."

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31 comments
Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

@parrot_of_adun Really? I always assumed it was Caliber on the boxart. Who'da thunk it!

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@Phil-teh-Pirate Actually, spells it "Calibur", as Namco does. I think maybe it's supposed to be a play on the word "Excalibur". @radioactive1wiz Yes, that's true... I do prefer 4 anyway.

Draxargh
Draxargh

@Phil-teh-Pirate Well, I stand corrected. I am aware of the alternate spelling in many words that you British folks use versus American English, but I wasn't aware of civilization vs civilisation. For sake of argument, I'll follow your concession on Civilization being a proper noun when related to the series.

radioactive1wiz
radioactive1wiz

@parrot_of_adun Yes but, and it's a big point, they are still there, months after release. They shouldn't have been there on release, but months after? That's made me lose all faith in them. Civ 4 is better. Mods ftw.

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

@Draxargh Well pardon my English. In England it is indeed spelled as 'Civilisation' but just for you I will concede as its is its title, I'll call it Civilization. Just like Soul Caliber (Calibre) and Medal of Honor (Honour) and whatever other word you care to mention.

hyksiu
hyksiu

Well i use Facebook but i don't feel like playing games on it....

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

@Phil-teh-Pirate - This is exactly my view on it. The further we get from local multiplayer the less social gaming gets.

Joesocwork
Joesocwork

As much as I love the franchise, I still wouldn't want to be nagged by FB friends to contribute to the game. IMO the social media is for updates and there are other, better venues for gaming.

namdar
namdar

I could careless about Civ, however a facebook app may make me change my mind. I dont play other facebook games... but this one... I may :)

Draxargh
Draxargh

@Phil-teh-Pirate Would you spell Civilization right, for Civilization? I really doubt it'd be a 2 week wait per turn. The level of addiction that people have for Facebook, add the level addiction of Civilization, I think each game would last about 2 weeks. And if it can be interacted with through the mobile platforms like iOS and Android, that would really keep it flowing, but that might be a while from now and depending on its success. And this definately isn't Farmville.

Draxargh
Draxargh

@Phil-teh-Pirate Would you spell Civilization right, for Civilization? I really doubt it'd be a 2 week wait per turn. The level of addiction that people have for Facebook, add the level addiction of Civilization, I think each game would last about 2 weeks. And if it can be interacted with through the mobile platforms like iOS and Android, that would really keep it flowing, but that might be a while from now and depending on its success. And this definately isn't Farmville.

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

1 Turn every 2 weeks. Invite friends to level up. Pay $5 for technology. I would do anything for Civilisation. But I won't do that... "Social" gaming needs to end. Real Social gaming is getting your pals together on the weekend and playing Burnout, hitting your friends Rock Band set after a night of drinking, slumping into a bean bag next to your mate and fighting in Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo Edition. Sitting in front of a computer inviting friends of friends of friends you met for 5 minutes to help you pick strawberries or some crap is NOT SOCIAL. Its like saying "I'm being social" whilst staring at the postman from the window to see if he brings mail.

Draxargh
Draxargh

In all honesty, I'm kind of excited for it after reading the slightly more in depth review at EyeGeeEn. If they do it right, could be a lot of fun, and break the mold of traditional Facebook games. Turning Civ into an almost MMO experience makes complete sense, although I'm worried at what will be sacrificed (It was bad enough losing religion in Civ V, now losing actual countries and everyone being a city-state, I'm not so sure of) I hope they don't stream-line it too much. I'm optimistic, especially since Sid Meier is working on the project specifically. Of course, it'll be a gamble given it's a Facebook game, but given the social nature of the "platform" and social nature of civilization, Civilization definately has some potential. I can't wait to genocide the world with the Axis of Freedom.

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@radioactive1wiz They have fixed a number of them though, that's worth at least . But yes, I know there are a good number of problems left. The important part is that they haven't completely abandoned it.

radioactive1wiz
radioactive1wiz

@Parrot_of_Adun Updates? Yes. Friend never said there were no updates. Simply that they should fix the god damned bugs. A rather valid point, truth be told.

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

Sounds unappealing... @FriendBear There have been tons of updates for Civ5.

syam32245340
syam32245340

facebook game? please don't turn out like dragon's age: legends...

FriendBear
FriendBear

If they only spent the time fixing all the bugs, crashes and various problems in Civ 5...before working on other projects.

jakesnakeel
jakesnakeel

Can't imagine how they turn this into a facebook game, but can't wait to see what they came up with..

chaoscougar1
chaoscougar1

Yeah, I would much prefer this over a Civ 5 expansion...

Grovilis
Grovilis

I'm actually a little excited about this. The only thing that gets me worried, though, is that it sounds like we'll be forced to naggingly send game requests to everyone on our friend lists to progress (something that has made me hate Facebook's games).

Rovelius
Rovelius

Proud to be part of the remaining 1% of the population who doesn't use Facebook

Joker_268
Joker_268

Here I was hoping to cut down on Facebook time, this happens. My god...D:

JDCAce55
JDCAce55

While I probably won't play it for an extended period of time, I'm excited to see how it'll work out.

paperfire2000
paperfire2000

Maybe the reason why Civ V was such fail was because they were spending all the effort on this.

EllieStranger
EllieStranger

So Sid Meier will put Civilization on Facebook, but he won't put it on the Wii? Nice.

zhuge_liang_
zhuge_liang_

Make games available to the masses! Amen!

Yokuz1166
Yokuz1166

I can't believe it's come to this. Great game developers making games for fricken Facebook.