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Cross-play should once again be back online for Civilization VI

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The ongoing saga of Civilization VI seeing online cross-play broken between updates continues, with it now once again back online as of the update today, September 10.

A repeating issue: the game updates like most recently with the August 2020 release, cross-play has issues and gets disabled, then eventually it's sorted again. Hopefully at some point they will find the real cause of the constant breakage and actually sort it. Firaxis Games, the original developer, sent word yesterday that Aspyr Media were on it and today it's back online.

If you missed it, here's the overview of the last big update:

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Going by their timeline roadmap for continuing to update Civilization VI with the New Frontier Pass, we should be seeing a new DLC released later this month with 2 civilizations, 2 leaders, a new game mode and other new content to be announced. After that another free update will come following their DLC - Update - DLC pattern with the following DLC to arrive in November.

Sid Meier's Civilization VI is for Linux PC is available on the Humble Store and Steam.

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Anza Sep 10, 2020
There's actually excerpt from Sid Meiers book Sid Meier's Memoir: A Life in Computer Games over at Ars Technica: https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2020/09/from-pong-to-civilization-how-i-made-one-more-turn-work-on-consoles/

Around half way of the article there's bit where Sid Meier explains how the multiplayer worked and lag and synchronization problems were problem already then. Not being able to copy whole game state over and having random number here and there didn't help.

Doom was able to function with pregenerated list of random numbers, but I'm not sure if something like Civilization would have been fun with solution like that.
ElectroDD Sep 10, 2020
The example of bloodbowl is relevant here.
Bloodbowl use dices and it uses a pregenerated lost of dice results. Online games quickly saw the use of software to watch those dice lists.
If you add encryption to those lists, it will hit performances... Not critical on turn based games, but that still is some overhead on the CPU so it will slowdown AI turns...
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