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Civ Gets Smaller as Civilization VI Launches on iPhone

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Late last year 2K, Firaxis, and Aspyr Media launched Sid Meier’s Civilization VI on the iPad. Today Civ gets even more mobile as it officially launches on iPhone. It’s currently available at a special promo price of $23.99 (60% off). The sale ends October 16.

Civilization VI is a universal app, which means anyone who purchased it for iPad can download it to their iPhone for free (and vice-versa). The app is available for free with a 60-turn limit, with the in-app purchase to unlock the full game. The 60-turn demo only allows you to play as a single civ, and doesn’t feature more maps or game saving.

The mobile version of Civ 6 is the exact same as the PC game (hence the full game price) with a more mobile-friendly interface. It features the classic turn-based, empire-building, eon-spanning gameplay that makes it one of the most popular strategy game series of all time. Engage in tactical warfare on the hex grid world, plan out multiple districts in expanding cities, research centuries of technology and improvements, adopt social policies, and engage in diplomacy with world leaders.

Civ 6 on iOS features local multiplayer only. Quick scenarios are designed to be played and completed in a single session.

Civilization VI requires iOS 11.4.1 on iPhone 7 and above. The iPad version requires at least an iPad Air 2 or iPad Pro. The mobile version includes only the base PC game, though DLC packs have begun appearing on the app store as add-ons. The large expansion that released last year, Rise and Fall, has not yet been ported to mobile yet.

Civilization VI is available now on iPad and iPhone. The mobile version is developed by Aspyr Media. The 60% off sale runs until October 16. Civ 6 is rated E10+.

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Civilization VI Fall 2017 Update Will Expand Religion

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Civilization VI is getting a large Fall 2017 Update soon. In a blog-style news post Firaxis developer Sarah Darney explains what’s being worked on, including a large focus on religion.

“We heard your requests for a deeper overall experience – and took that to heart with revamped religious combat,” writes Darney. “Religious units can now exert Zone of Control and receive Flank and Support bonuses in religious combat. Meanwhile, the Guru religious support unit can heal nearby religious units. Finally, the Religion Lens has been overhauled to improve overall usability and readability. You’ll also find UI touches, such as religion indicators on unit flags, to remove all guesswork on where a unit’s allegiance lies.”

New content is also being added to the religion side of Civ 6, including two new Pantheons, and new Founder, Follower, Enhancer, and Worship Beliefs. These new beliefs will unlock two new religious buildings as well as a new religious unit, the warrior monk.

In addition to religion, the Fall 2017 Update will also improve the much-maligned AI as well as the interface. In particular the AI’s use of oceans and navies is being improved, which will hopefully make water-covered maps as challenging as land maps – a frequent balance issue in Civ games.

For UI changes, menus have been made more moddable and the Diplomacy screen more intuitive.

There’s more coming to the Fall 2017 Update, but for now Firaxis isn’t even providing a release date yet. The previous big update, the Summer 2017 Update, also worked on AI improvements.

Civilization VI released almost exactly one year ago for PC (read our review). It was well-received by critics and fans, though notably feels like a step down compared to Civilization V’s several years worth of updates, patches, and expansions. Civ 5 still maintains more active players, though both games are within the top 30 games played on Steam.