Facebook gaming got a bit more sophisticated today with the much-anticipated launch of Sid Meier’s Civilization World (see screenshot above). It’s the latest incarnation of the famously addictive and extremely popular strategy game, and it figures to shake up the social media platform, which has been dominated by Zynga.
Local gaming company Firaxis developed Civ World for Facebook, and you can read more about the company, its legendary founder (Meier), and how the video game industry is changing in our current issue.
Here’s the skinny from Firaxis and its parent company 2K Games on the new venture…
New York, NY - July 7, 2011 - 2K Games today announced that Sid Meier's
Civilization World(tm) for Facebook, the newest entry from the
genre-defining strategy-based franchise, is now available. Civilization
World takes the series' famously addictive style of gameplay and makes
it easier than ever to play with friends on the world's largest social
platform. Developed at Firaxis Games by legendary game designer and
creator of the Civilization series, Sid Meier, Civilization World offers
a deep, robust gameplay experience, and an end goal for all players to
strive towards. Players can now take charge of their civilizations and
jump into Civilization World by logging into their Facebook account and
accessing this app page: apps.facebook.com/civworld.
"With over ten million units sold worldwide, Sid Meier's Civilization is
world renowned as one of the greatest strategy game franchises," said
Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. "We're excited to bring this fun
and social game to people on Facebook, enabling fans of the series to
play Civilization World from almost anywhere in the world; while
offering newcomers a chance to enjoy this addictive strategy gameplay
that has fascinated gamers for two decades."
Civilization World is set in a persistent online world where players
collaborate with friends to become the strongest nation to accomplish an
end goal of becoming the world's most powerful civilization. Players
manage and grow their own city to maximize its production and happiness,
and later team up with friends to win great battles, forge powerful
alliances, grant clever treaties, and create sinister schemes to outwit
and overpower adversaries. Citizens can share technology to jump ahead
of rivals, pass important civics and vote on vital policies, spy on
enemies, and create the great wonders of the world. From the Dark Ages
to the Space Age, collaborative efforts with real community leaders and
ideas allow for intellect and cunning to win loyalties, battles and eras
to create the most powerful nation in the world.
"Our team set out to create an exciting Civilization game for Facebook
where for the first time, players can join with their friends to build a
powerful empire and rule the world," said Sid Meier, Director of
Creative Development at Firaxis Games. "Civilization World is a fun and
engaging game that both fans of the series and fans of Facebook games
will find immediately addictive, and we look forward to adding to the
experience as the game continues to evolve in this dynamic new gaming
Civilization World is now available for free, and accessible to everyone
with a Flash-enabled browser and a Facebook account to play anywhere at
any time. To log into the game, please visit:
apps.facebook.com/civworld. For more information on Civilization World,
please visit www.facebook.com/civworld.