Let’s just get this out of the way right now. I have a little bit of a platonic man crush on Sid Meier. His Civilization strategy games pretty much single-handedly started the whole concept of the “God Game” and, man, don’t even get me started on my unhealthy obsession with Pirates! (the classic PC game, not the filthy pillagers).
It comes as no surprise then that I was overjoyed to see a press release this morning from 2K announcing that they will be publishing Sid Meier’s very first game on the “next” generation of consoles and handhelds (when will people finally stop using the term “next” generation – it confuses me).
The new game, dramatically entitled Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution, is pegged for a spring 2008 release and sounds like it will continue the tried and true gameplay of past Civilization games by offering a robust (and assumed ridiculously addictive) single-player campaign giving the players the opportunity to create a world-encompassing empire, one time period at a time. This new addition to the series also promises extensive multiplayer modes, video and voice chat, and that much sought after “next” (argh!) generation shine!
No word yet on what specific systems this will be released for, but I would bet money on an Xbox360, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo DS version as obvious candidates.
While I am always a little dubious of how RTS games will control on a home console, the fact that dreamboat Sid Meier is taking the reigns as lead designer gives me all the confidence in the world. It also helps that he seems to be extra excited about this new iteration in the successful series, saying that “Civilization Revolution is the game I have always wanted to make.” To put it mildly, yay!
Check out the gallery below for some very early artwork and hit the jump for the full, action-packed press release.
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