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October 22, 2009

Civilization game is coming to Facebook

Posted: 10:26 AM ET

The ultimate time-consuming game is joining forces with the ultimate online time-wasting tool. "Civilization" and Facebook will combine to make a new game for the social-networking site.

Creator Sid Meier announced on Facebook that Firaxis Games is working on a new game called "Civilization Network." Meier said he expects the full game to be available in 2010, but he is seeking beta testers to help work out the bugs.

"Civilization" is well known for its turn-based strategy as the player guides a civilization from infancy to world domination. Created in 1991, the PC-based game has undergone 13 different transformations (including expansion packs and spin-offs) with the latest, "Civilization Revolution," launched in 2008 for gaming consoles.

Meier said the game will offer everything you enjoy in Civ in a fully persistent environment – you can play as much as you like, whenever you like, and it’ll be free.

Reactions among gamers range from excitement - and promises of joining Facebook just to play the game - to frustration that Firaxis isn’t developing the next version of "Civilization" for consoles.

Players who want to get involved in the closed beta will need to join Sid Meier’s Civilization Network on Facebook for more details.

- Larry Frum

Filed under: Facebook • video games


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Justin   October 22nd, 2009 11:06 am ET

This is pretty neat. I wonder if it will have accelerated graphics and whatnot like previous iterations of the game or if it will be some cheesy, watered-down, text-based application.


Live   October 22nd, 2009 11:42 am ET

This seems rather interesting. I'm actually going to happily await the arrival of this application.


Mike   October 22nd, 2009 1:25 pm ET

Uh oh, this sounds dangerous as the game is soooooo addictive. People will be able to play this at work. There goes the economy.


Michael   October 22nd, 2009 1:56 pm ET

"- to frustration that Firaxis isn’t developing the next version of "Civilization" for consoles."

Civ is first and foremost a PC game. A lot of the PC gamers became upset when we started seeing civ titles on the console. The fact that the next version of Civ is being developed for PC and not consoles is a good thing. PC to console games are usually watered down and no where near the same game, as what happened with Rainbow Six. Civ revolutions was just another watered down console game. If the new Civ had come out for console and not PC there may have been a revolt among the loyal civ players.


Ben G   October 22nd, 2009 1:58 pm ET

FAntastic....love the series ,
It will be a very good addition.


Ron Howerton   October 22nd, 2009 2:12 pm ET

I love Civ and am still playing it on my PC at home. I look forward to playing it on Facebook. I am currently playing Evony and Torpia, two on-line games that are very similar to Civ.


Su4v3   October 22nd, 2009 2:56 pm ET

A very good "addiction" indeed! hehehe


S. Hudson   October 23rd, 2009 1:57 pm ET

I just hope that they don't end up making it look like 95% of all the other games already on Facebook.


Terry P   October 24th, 2009 12:46 pm ET

Sounds great, but with all the internet throttling going on, wonder how that will work with the game. Good thing I have it for my X-Box 360! No throttling of my speed with my own system and it is an awesome game by the way!


Jeff   October 24th, 2009 4:45 pm ET

I hate facebooks apps and all those requests for gang members or posts that someone found a lost cow!

But this might acctually make me play one of those games.


Ethan Brockman   October 26th, 2009 2:48 pm ET

It's great that people, and companies are finally waking up to the fact that videogames are a very strong force for entertainment in the everyday lives of more, and more people. Besides that I LOVE videogames, but I don't have a deticated system. I don't need one. I have a computer, cellphone, facebook, and of course the internet. I think this is the begining of the end for dedicated video game consoles. I don't see Nintendo making pokemon games for cell phones totally out of the question.


Carlos Salazar   October 26th, 2009 9:06 pm ET

Wow I can't wait for this to happen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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I need a highly inteleligent guy to help me out on some software problems. Any takers? Geeks welcome, please?


Jason Putman   October 27th, 2009 10:07 am ET

hey i will be a beta tester if you need them ask facebook


Anthony   October 29th, 2009 11:33 am ET

This is a great idea. I've never played this game but would certainly give it a shot if it came to facebook and was free!! amoor124 itis.


Joe Knaeble   November 5th, 2009 6:39 pm ET

Great! One more facebook app i will choose to hide so as not to have to see my friends' status updates about it.


peter   November 5th, 2009 7:27 pm ET

OMG! now i am going to be on FB forever! i already waste a lot of time on FB. regardless this will be AWESOOOOOOOME!!!!!!


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