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A new Civilization game is in development and XCOM designer leaves Firaxis

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2K sent out a press release today confirming a number of things including a new Civilization game is on the way.

In the press release they noted that Jake Solomon, Creative Director on XCOM and Marvel's Midnight Suns, is leaving after two decades at the company after being a big part of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, XCOM 2, and Marvel's Midnight Suns. Not only that, industry veteran Heather Hazen has been bumped up from Firaxis Games Chief Operating Officer to Studio Head. Hazen previously worked as Executive Producer on Fortnite at Epic Games, as well as Plants vs. Zombies and Bejeweled while at PopCap Games.

Not much was said about the new Civilization apart from Hazen's own statement in the press release:

"I'm thrilled to have this opportunity to carry on the studio's storied legacy, beginning with the announcement that Firaxis is in development on the next iteration of the legendary Civilization franchise," said Hazen. "I'm lucky to be working with some of the best developers in our industry, and we have plans to take the Civilization franchise to exciting new heights for our millions of players around the world.  In addition, we will continue to support Marvel's Midnight Suns with post-launch content, and explore new creative projects for our teams."

It's probably quite unlikely that the new Civilization will have Native Linux support, given that Aspyr Media aren't really doing any more porting like it. With Steam Play Proton as good as it is now, no doubt by the time it releases it would work quite well anyway on Linux.

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pageround Feb 17, 2023
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Interesting! I hope they produce a Alpha Centari 2. Keep the gameplay, update some graphics, print money. I will be watching to see what Solomon does.
Purple Library Guy Feb 18, 2023
Quoting: pageroundInteresting! I hope they produce a Alpha Centari 2. Keep the gameplay, update some graphics, print money. I will be watching to see what Solomon does.
I'd be happy if they updated the controls a bit too. Like, zoom the map with mousewheel and stuff.
eldaking Feb 18, 2023
Exciting news, even though Civ 6 is still pretty fresh (I mean, they are still dropping new content right now). For all that 2K is a typical AAA studio, Firaxis has managed to avoid the worst and make some pretty damn good games (when the 2K launcher lets you play them). Wonder what they will come up with - lots of space for cool changes.

And then I wonder about Linux support. Civ 6 released not just for Mac and Linux but Switch and Android, so it seems their strategy does involve ports... but are they still going to partner with Aspyr? And if so, will Aspyr still do Linux - they seem to be moving away from it (probably with reason)? Or maybe this new focus on multiple platforms was enough for them to move in-house development to multi-platform going forward (unlikely, but we can hope...)? It's not a huge worry as proton/wine is getting better and better, and in particular can be more convenient/stable/timely than a 3rd party port... I definitely see they at least getting it steam deck certified, but then for games developed after the deck launched could this be enough to convince studios to put a little effort into native?

Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: pageroundInteresting! I hope they produce a Alpha Centari 2. Keep the gameplay, update some graphics, print money. I will be watching to see what Solomon does.
I'd be happy if they updated the controls a bit too. Like, zoom the map with mousewheel and stuff.

Yeah with old strategy games the UI is often the big issue. Going back often has me thinking "how the fuck did I bear this back then", and for people that never played those games the learning curve can be too much.
Mountain Man Feb 18, 2023
Civ 6 runs substantially better under Proton anyway, so a native port of the next Civ game really won't be missed.
kaiman Feb 18, 2023
Having played nearly every Civilization (I only skipped V), I start to get a bit tired of the formula. I had high hopes for Civilization: Beyond Earth, with its non-linear tech-web, but it turned out you couldn't really research into drastically different directions. You had to pick all the techs at the center first, at which point the game was practically over.

The main game by now is really held back by the 4000 years of history it has to adhere to. It doesn't allow for a lot of change. Maybe if it would start in the present and extend into the far future, that would be fresh. Civilization: Call to Power (which wasn't even part of the franchise) at least expanded the late-game into the future with features like orbital cities, etc., and I think that could be taken much further. Pair it with diverging tech routes for a bit more asymmetry between the nations and you'd have one happy customer :-).


Last edited by kaiman on 18 February 2023 at 9:43 am UTC
slaapliedje Feb 18, 2023
Quoting: pageroundInteresting! I hope they produce a Alpha Centari 2. Keep the gameplay, update some graphics, print money. I will be watching to see what Solomon does.
I always figured this was Beyond Earth... at least the premise is similar. I should actually play the two and compare.
Kimyrielle Feb 18, 2023
To be honest, I am not even sure what kind of changes to the game would warrant a new game at this time. Civ VI isn't perfect, and a handful of things were done better by previous editions, but other than that, I'd have considered Civ VI the "finished" Civ. With the only exception that I am not a fan of Civ VI overly cartoonish looks. Maybe they will change that, there is always hope.
Purple Library Guy Feb 18, 2023
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: pageroundInteresting! I hope they produce a Alpha Centari 2. Keep the gameplay, update some graphics, print money. I will be watching to see what Solomon does.
I always figured this was Beyond Earth... at least the premise is similar. I should actually play the two and compare.
I mean yeah, in theory.

And BE has some things that ought to be interesting, about the tech setup with the web shape, and like event-ish quest-ish things and stuff happening, and like the three sociopolitical tendencies of, what was it, it was like Purity which is about staying all old-Earth and there's one where you're all master-of-tech and go cyborg and stuff and there's the environmental one where you master biotech and mess with genetics and hybridize with the planet's life.

But somehow it all doesn't resonate much. One thing that doesn't help is you can actually master all three tendencies at once, and aside from a few extras you mostly do that just by acquiring tech, so if you get advanced enough (which why wouldn't you?) you'll just maximize them all. So you never really choose a social direction or pick a set of benefits or anything, you're just grabbing it all so it just turns into a side benefit of research. And the tech web turns out not to be interesting. I guess because the technologies are drastically graded in cost it mostly works out to being a wide-ish tech tree that's been splayed around to look like a circle; you start at the cheap ones and work your way up to the expensive ones, it's just early cheap tech is at the middle not the bottom, and late expensive stuff is at the outside not the top. It's not a bad tech tree, and there's nothing wrong with the web shape, but it doesn't really add anything. I also don't really like the factions and their specials all that much in Civ:BE. And personally, I miss the less science-fictiony but more real political/economic choices for your society that you get in Alpha Centauri. I guess I also miss vehicle design; in Civ: BE you get a few generic types which get better as your tendency-thingies advance, and a fair number of weird advanced units linked to specific technologies that require strategic resources so you can only have a few of them. The weird advanced units can be pretty cool, but I do kind of miss being able to say "I'm putting this kind of weapon on this kind of chassis and giving it this and this special abilities". Civ: BE does have something like the Civ 5 style civics thing, which is kind of nice.

Civ: BE isn't a bad game. I've played it through a few times. But somehow it feels like it's less than the sum of its parts, and for me doesn't really make a worthy successor to Alpha C. They got too cute and lost the heart, or something. And I've seen a lot of people express roughly this opinion.


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Purple Library Guy Feb 18, 2023
Quoting: KimyrielleTo be honest, I am not even sure what kind of changes to the game would warrant a new game at this time. Civ VI isn't perfect, and a handful of things were done better by previous editions, but other than that, I'd have considered Civ VI the "finished" Civ. With the only exception that I am not a fan of Civ VI overly cartoonish looks. Maybe they will change that, there is always hope.
I find myself going back and playing Civ V as much as Civ VI. There's something about the district schtick I'm not always in the mood for. But between the two of them, yeah, I'm not sure where I'd take it after that.


Last edited by Purple Library Guy on 18 February 2023 at 6:43 pm UTC
Tchey Feb 18, 2023
I’ve lost interest in Civ games long ago. Civ4 i think ? I play a huge amount of Civ1+2 back in time too... I’d much prefer a new IP, based on no licencing at all, a fully new universe.

As for the Firaxis XCOM games, i don’t care, i consider OpenXCOM (+mods like XFiles) and Xenonauts (+ mods like XDivision) vastely superior, complex and entertaining. Just the "Time Units" vs "move and shot" kills me in so many "modern games".
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