Civilization 6 Anniversary Edition Announced, Is Extremely Limited

"Here's to the next 25 years!"

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2K today announced a 25th Anniversary Edition for Civilization VI. The premium version, which celebrates the franchise's 25th birthday, is extremely limited, as only 20,000 copies are being made.

It's priced at $90 and is only coming to PC from select retailers, including Amazon. Featured in the bundle is the game and the content featured in the digital deluxe version, as well as the Aztec civilization preorder bonus. In terms of physical items, it has a 25th anniversary coin set and display case, as well as a 100-page hardcover art book titled Civilization Through the Years. It also comes inside special packaging themed around the anniversary celebration. Here is what the 25th Anniversary Edition looks like:

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The Civilization series, created by Sid Meier, debuted in 1991. Across all entries, the strategy game franchise has racked up 35 million units sold worldwide.

"The vitality of Civilization is in the new ideas that each design team brings to the game as well as the passion and feedback from an incredible community," Meier said in a statement. "We hope players enjoy the vibrant living world and the new features the team has created in this latest offering. I'm proud of the work they've done, and I hope you will enjoy playing Civilization VI as much as they've enjoyed making it. Here's to the next 25 years!"

2K also reiterated today that the Aztec civilization preorder pack will be released for everyone (for free) 90 days after Civilization VI launches on October 21, meaning it'll be out in January 2017.

As for the game's digital deluxe edition, is comes with four expansion packs that add new maps, scenarios, civilizations, and leaders, as well as the game's soundtrack. If you buy the Anniversary Edition or the digital deluxe edition ($80), don't also purchase the standalone packs, as you'll be charged for them. Pricing for the individual packs has not been announced.

Civilization VI makes a major change in unstacking its cities; no longer do you build most everything on a single tile. You can see more of what sets the game apart in our chat with Firaxis, or watch Sean Bean narrate a lovely overview of the game. You can also look forward to the new theme song, which is being written by Christopher Tin, the composer of Civilization IV's theme, "Babu Yetu."

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Woot, custom packaging.

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jyml8582

Pre-ordered on Amazon. For a worldwide 20,000 copies limited edition it was fairly easy to place an order for.

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jimmybjimmy

I am wanting to buy this. My only concern is if this hard copy version would make it difficult/unable to utilize steam workshop mods. I was planning on simply pre ordering the game on stream but this anniversary edition seems worth it. Wont be worth if cant have mods

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Gloryfinder

@jimmybjimmy: Civilization 5 and the rest of the games they've sold physically the past few years require steam (for better or worse), so 6 should also. The disc can be used for installation, but you have to actually activate the product on steam to play it. So no worries about mods. You'll be able to use them regardless of if you get a physical or digital version.

Edit: They confirmed it on twitter. It comes with both a steam code and a physical disc.

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Pyrosa

Ordered! Been playing since the original Civ, and it remains my #1 favorite game series of all time, on any platform.

Now, this whole notion of a physical disc... Hrm... I don't even have a physical/mechanical drive of any kind in my current PC system -- nor do I plan to play/install from plastic discs anymore. Thus this becomes a literal collector's item, and I'll get my digital version from Steam. :)

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Pyrosa

@Pyrosa: Addendum: For Amazon Prime members, there's a hefty discount on preorders, and it applies to this too. Final price is $71.99 + tax.

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jyml8582

@Pyrosa: Yeah, I preordered all my collector's/limited editions from Amazon, quite a huge saving!

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decebal

"Here is everything included in the $90 package" says the link to the article. Except that the article doesn't mention anything included in the package.

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LongFlopper

@decebal: "Featured in the bundle is the game and the content featured in the digital deluxe version, as well as the Aztec civilization preorder bonus. In terms of physical items, it has a 25th anniversary coin set and display case, as well as a 100-page hardcover art book titled Civilization Through the Years. It also comes inside special packaging themed around the anniversary celebration."

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decebal

@longflopper: I swear I did not see that.

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jessie82

"2K also reiterated today that the Aztec civilization preorder pack will be released for everyone (for free) 90 days after Civilization VI launches"

so if you just want the civ its a waste of money..

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Gloryfinder

@jessie82: You can pre-order any edition to play the civ early. Or simply not pre-order and still get it later. That's one of the most user-friendly pre-order bonuses I've seen in a while. Plus: you don't buy the collector's edition for something all the other editions get anyway. You buy it for the physical stuff. If you only care about digital content, then just get the digital deluxe or normal version.

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suicidesn0wman

Had to put my pre-order in on Amazon, though I'd rather get it from Best Buy(yay GCU discount). Too bad it's so limited tho, sucks for the fans.

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Pyrosa

@suicidesn0wman: Substantial discount for Amazon Prime members on all preordered games. They basically take a loss for each one -- or close to it.

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ashe_27

@Pyrosa: It's the same discount which is nice. GCU doesn't only apply to pre-orders and new releases is a nice advantage. Discount without having to buy before an embargo. I was going to use Best Buy points to buy mine but for this I may go to Amazon instead.

I had a friend who worked at Best Buy that got games at 20% over cost and paid about $43. So they are still making profit, just not nearly as much. Also shows how ludicrous it is that a digital copy still costs the same as the physical where there is no printing or material costs, no shipping, and no middle man taking a cut.

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Fartman7998

Why would they make this so limited? Clearly a lot of people will want one, but maybe that's the reason why. I kinda want one. Lol

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neowarrior793

if i wasn't poor, i would so buy this