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Beware of the Red Death, a new official mode in Civilization VI. No this is not a joke, Civ just got a Battle Royale mode. A free mode for everyone too, you don't need any expansions for it.

In this brand new mode, there's a scary radioactive mass that's covering the planet. There's a zone that's safe—for now. Every so often, it will shrink and you need to stay inside it to avoid the Red Death. The world is a dangerous place here too, with corrosive oceans and lakes too so you need to get across quickly. This mode entirely does away with actually building up a civilization. Instead, you scout across the map for City Ruins, Raider Camps and Supply Drops to build up a little army.

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The goal is of course to be the last one left, so a ship can come down and rescue you. You start off with practically nothing, a civilian unit and some weak soldiers but you do need to ensure you protect your civilians. Lose them and you're out, as I found out quite quickly. I sent my soldiers on ahead after spotting another player, thinking to keep the battle away from them but some sneakily devils went up behind me and…pop—game over.

We've not had long to play it due to no advanced access but it's quite interesting, certainly a very different way to play and not at all much like Civilization. You could say, this is the ultimate end-game for Civilization! I wouldn't though, how silly would that be. Really, this could have been spun into its own game or a DLC so I'm pretty pleased to see it in a free update for everyone.

The maps have some fun little Easter Eggs thrown across too, like the statue of liberty (hello Planet of the Apes) and plenty of other ruined structures. A few nice little touches to appreciate like sunken warships, mech units half buried in sand and so on.

With thanks to the game porter Aspyr Media, we've been treated to a same-day update for the Linux version this time around too. Not only that, cross-platform multiplayer appears to be working fine. Really great to see! This is exactly how it should be.

There's plenty more that came with the September Update, see all the changes here.

Something to note, is that Civilization VI doesn't seem to run on Arch/Manjaro directly from Steam. At least it didn't for me, it needed this as a launch option:

LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libfreetype.so.6 %command%

Hopefully that will help some of you if it trips you up too.

You can pick up a copy of Civilization VI from Humble Store and Steam.

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9 comments

Ehvis 10 Sep, 2019
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I felt the need to check the calendar. No, it's not April yet.
Patola 10 Sep, 2019
Not sure if I should laugh or cry. That's Poe's Law at its finest.
Joeyboots80 10 Sep, 2019
Thanks for the fix Liam. ^_^ Civ VI wouldn't launch for me either.
Phlebiac 11 Sep, 2019
Good job Aspyr, for the same day update!
TheSHEEEP 11 Sep, 2019
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My feelings on this:



Last edited by TheSHEEEP on 11 September 2019 at 5:11 am UTC
pb 11 Sep, 2019
It seems quite fun. ;-) Anyhow, wasn't Civilization always a kind of battle royale anyway? ;-)
Liam Dawe 11 Sep, 2019
Quoting: pbIt seems quite fun. ;-) Anyhow, wasn't Civilization always a kind of battle royale anyway? ;-)
In a way, yes. Depending on how you played it. This is obviously very different though.
Nanobang 11 Sep, 2019



Also, good to see Aspyr porting that update out the same day as it was released. Yup, suuuurrrrre is good to see Aspyr updating their port so folks can play with their Windows friends online. Imagine if Aspyr---and this is really nuts---didn't update a port quickly like this. What would people---GAAAAAAA REALLY ASPYR??? GAAAWWWWDDAMMIT!!! The next GOD DAMN THING you say better be "Here's that Borderlands 2 update we promised."
razing32 14 Sep, 2019
Seems reactions are mixed going by the comments.
They are jumping on the Battle Royale trend a bit late. A bit very late.
But hey , it's free , not paid DLC so at worst not many people will play it and that's all.
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