Sid Meier’s Civilization IV Now Available

2K Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, announced yesterday they were shipping a new installment in Sid Meier’s widely popular Civilization series. Called Sid Meier’s Civilization IV, it is available for the PC at a price of $49.99 and rated E10+ for ages 10 and older.

Sid Meier’s Civilization IV, developed by Firaxis Games, brings many features to players which the developer feels will provide hours of empire building entertainment. These features include streamlined gameplay, an easier to use interface, a flexible tech tree for growing a civilization, bigger empires, multiple ways to play multiplayer, team play via single or multiplayer which provides locked alliances for sharing in a variety of options, a 3D world, a map editor with XML and Python support, the ability to choose a civilization’s leader from one of two, civic options for government, seven religions which can be unlocked through research, “great people” points which can be used to create specialists such as tycoons and engineers, unit promotions and over 40 in-game cinematics.

“With more than six million units sold, the Sid Meier’s Civilization franchise is recognized as one of the greatest PC game franchises of all-time,” said Christoph Hartmann, Managing Director of 2K Games. “Sid Meier’s Civilization IV expands on the popular gameplay in the Civilization series with new features including religion, some of history’s most influential people and for the first time in the Civilization series, a full 3D engine.”

“Each new Civilization is a major undertaking,” added Sid Meier, Director of Creative Development at FIRAXIS Games. “Creating Civilization IV was a monumental task, but everyone at FIRAXIS was determined to create the best Civ experience yet, and I think we succeeded. Fans will absolutely love this game and folks new to the series won’t be able to resist.”

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