Civilization 6 Release Date Update, Rumors and News: Game Releases YouTube New Trailer and Launch Date in October

By Jenn Loro - 12 May '16 11:19AM

Firaxis and 2K Games have recently revealed in a surprise media announcement that the sixth installment of the hugely successful strategy franchise, Civilization, will be rolled out on October 16, 2016. In a new YouTube trailer, Civilization VI features a multi-tile city expansion while retaining major attributes found in the preceding title. However, some significant changes can be observed in other parts of the strategy-oriented game.

As quoted in an interview of Civilization VI's Ed Beach by Game Informer, the lead designer described the game's overall outlook about the changes made and the things gamers are already acquainted with:

"One of the first principles with Civilization VI was to keep most of the subsystems from the finished (with expansions) Civ V around in some form. Civ VI builds off a lot of the design that Civ V finished with, but the code and the A.I. and everything like that is all implemented from scratch to fit Civ VI."

One of the main changes highlighted in the game is the expanded role of cities. According to The Verge, cities are no longer limited to a single tile, which means giving them more opportunities to expand and grow across multiple tiles. City planning is of great importance by considering how and where the districts are being laid out on the tiles.

Historical figures will also spell a major difference from the previously released titles. 'Dynamic diplomacy' is a feature embedded in AI characters which allow them to evolve over the course of the gameplay depending on how player interact with them. For example, competing with a character who have a penchant for building massive public infrastructures and other architectural wonders by building more or less of the same thing will likely lead to a very strained relationship.

Here is a summarized list of the changes observed in the forthcoming Civilization VI on top of the core elements found in the previous title as per Game Rant:

MULTI-TILE EXPANSION: Each city can now expand across multiple tiles allowing gamers to take full advantage of the local terrain.

ACTIVE RESEARCH: Using the research units, players can actively explore, discover, and develop their environment and unlock the boosts that speeds up the progress of civilization through history.

DYNAMIC DIPLOMACY: Inter-civilization interactions are a staple part of the game throughout history characterized by alliances and negotiations.

COMBINED ARMS: Support units can now be consolidated with other units to form a more powerful combined 'Corps' units.

ENHANCED MULTIPLAYER: Allows gamers to either cooperate or compete with other players according to varying situations in a single session.

A CIV FOR ALL PLAYERS: Offers veteran players refreshers on building and tuning civilizations to optimize progress over time. In addition, new tutorial systems help new players understand the foundational concepts of the game as well as navigate the intricacies of the game.

As mentioned earlier, Civilization VI is slated for October release this year with PC the only announced platform for the said roll out.

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