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    Expansion pack announced - Civilization V: Gods & Kings



    Okay guys, you can now stop asking if there will be an expansion pack for Civilization V

    Here's the blog article with the details of the announcement with screenshots

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    Fans of Civilization V have been begging me for an answer to this question for quite some time: will Civilization V get an expansion pack?

    Today I am extremely excited to tell you all that yes, it will! Sid Meier's Civilization V: Gods & Kings is currently slated for a late Spring 2012 release.

    It will come as no surprise to those of you who are familar with expansion packs for previous Civilization games that Gods & Kings will add more techs, units, buildings, Wonders, and playable Civilizations. But what about the big brand new game elements that will change the way you conquer the world? Let me lay it out for you:

    • Tons of New Stuff. I know I just mentioned it, but I want to draw attention to just how many new things we've got here: 27 new units, 13 new buildings, 9 new wonders, and 9 new playable civilizations. Among the new civilizations are the Netherlands (William I, Prince of Orange), the Celts (Boudicca), and the Mayans (Pacal the Great).
    • Religion. That's right; quite possibly the most requested major addition to the game is coming in the Gods & Kings expansion. Using the new "Faith" resource, you'll be able to found your own religion and grow it from a simple Pantheon of the Gods to a world-spanning fully-customized religion.
    • Reworked Combat System. The expansion has a reworked combat system along with an AI that places more emphasis on balanced army composition. Among the changes to the combat system is the addition of melee naval units, which will force you to really rethink the way you execute your naval assaults.
    • Enhanced Diplomacy, with Espionage. In addition to being able to establish embassies with your rival civilizations, spies will now be an important part of how you conduct your foreign affairs. Surveilling foreign cities, stealing advanced techs, and garnering influence with city-states are some of the things you'll be able to do with this new powerful mechanic.
    • New City-States. With religion being added to the game, it only made sense to introduce Religious city-states which will interact with your religion in special ways. In addition, Mercantile city-states will be attractive for those of you who love to grow your civilization's treasury. All city-states will use the greatly expanded quest system, making city-states more dynamic and diplomatic victories more challenging, while decreasing the importance of gold when dealing with city-states.
    • New Scenarios. Three new scenarios will be coming in Civilization V: Gods & Kings. Experience the fall of Rome, explore the medieval era, and my personal favorite: a unique scenario in a Victorian science-fiction setting.
    So let me know what you think!

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    I think I died and went to heaven.

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    Thumbs up Cheers

    WOW! Just what I have been waiting for!

    Great news! Can't hardly wait...

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    If you can't fix the issues with multiplayer (mainly LAG) and the really stupid AI problems then all these cool new things won't count for much.

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    Yeah great news!!

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    Excellent news!
    And Late Spring is quite soon too! Is there a chance to pre-order already?

    And another question:
    Does it include already released DLC?
    Because I thnk some people have held off DLC in the hope it'd be released with the expansion pack.

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    That is feckin mexcellent

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    This is SO amazing! I had a chat with a friend just yesterday that it seemed you abandoned the game.

    These features are everything I wished for. I am SO happy!

    Now the only tiny little thing I can ask for, and I will be happier than you can possibly imagine, is for the borders to be able to go back and forth (using culture) as in Civ 4. And being able to take over cities by that way, using culture. It really was a great diversion to be able to expand without using military.

    Thank you so much

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    Darn it! That means my ideas for new civ's came too late.

    Oh well....Hooray! Expansion pack!

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    @2K Greg, is there anywhere we can look at better resolution screenshots? I want to see that Machine Gun unit close up.

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    Religion, Reworked Combat System, Enhanced Diplomacy with Espionage, New City-States; Religious & Mercantile, New Scenarios; Fall of Rome, Age of Exploration and Victiorian Sci-fi theme(sounds fun!)


    Pacal looks awesome!


    Love the look of Boudica


    William I is really nicely done as well.



    Love to hear about the new nine Civilizations; Netherlands (William I, Prince of Orange), the Celts (Boudica), and the Mayans (Pacal the Great). Any word about the other six?

    Are there any new Social Policies?

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    omgomgomgomg

    Soon I can forsake all other games again! (well, almost all of 'em.)

    Thank you very much, Greg!!
    Last edited by jpbar81; 02-16-2012 at 06:00 AM.

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    Great news. I hope that the late game will.be much more diverse and dynamic

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    Looking at the screenshots, there's the Terracotta Army and Petra, two new wonders, I presume.
    Does anybody know what the third picture is? The Great Mosque of Djenné or something?

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    Very interresting!!!

    I suppose around June I will restart playing this game.

    Regards,

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    Bout freaking time. Please let this make Civ 5 more enjoyable to play. Especially that reworked combat system. I will go out on a limb and buy it when releases and not wait for judgement from other people.

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    Thanks for the non-cropped screenshots, jpbar81!

    Quote Originally Posted by MARDUK View Post
    Love to hear about the new nine Civilizations; Netherlands (William I, Prince of Orange), the Celts (Boudica), and the Mayans (Pacal the Great). Any word about the other six?
    Well, let's round up the usual suspects
    Who's missing? The Zulu of course. And Byzantium. Maybe Cathage as well (I do hope so). Maybe another American 'indian' civ? The Holy Roman Empire (although that's debatable as a civ). Maybe a (south-east) Asian civ? Any other ideas?
    Are there any new Social Policies?
    Well, by the looks of it there'll be religious 'social' policies

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    Awesome news but how much will it cost? I hope it will be $15 or $20.

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    This actually is "Awesome" News thanks Greg

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    I'm not buying this until Multiplayer gets fixed. I don't even play the game anymore due to that part of it being broken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anandus View Post
    Thanks for the non-cropped screenshots, jpbar81!

    Well, let's round up the usual suspects
    Who's missing? The Zulu of course. And Byzantium. Maybe Cathage as well (I do hope so). Maybe another American 'indian' civ? The Holy Roman Empire (although that's debatable as a civ). Maybe a (south-east) Asian civ? Any other ideas?
    Well, by the looks of it there'll be religious 'social' policies
    Religion screenshot reveals also that Byzantines will be in! (Bonus Belief "Available to Byzantines only")

    Quote Originally Posted by anandus View Post
    And another question: Does it include already released DLC?
    Because I thnk some people have held off DLC in the hope it'd be released with the expansion pack.
    I am guessing it doesn't. 9 new Civs (we know now four of them) and there is 7 DLC Civs...

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    Oh, among those three, I assume the Byzantines are also another playable civ. Within that one screenshot there is a special category called "Bonus Belief" and it says "Available to Byzantines only." So I guess that is or is part of their unique ability.

    EDIT: Marduk beat me to it!

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    I am so happy right now. Can't wait!

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    Quote Originally Posted by acare84 View Post
    Awesome news but how much will it cost? I hope it will be $15 or $20.
    $15 or $20??? Not likely.

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    Pictish Warrior... looked it up real quick and it looks that that'll be a unique unit for the Celts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acare84 View Post
    Awesome news but how much will it cost? I hope it will be $15 or $20.
    Expansions are normally 29.99, but it might get as high as 39.99.

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    The only thing i'm interested in is:
    * if we also get the same trade with AI in multiplayer as we have in singleplayer.
    * we finally can play with mods in multiplayer like promised in the original advertising 1,5 YEAR ago
    * DLC usable in multiplayer

    PLEASE ADD THESE THINGS IF NOT INCLUDED

    But to be honest, i should get it for free because above things we're promised when i bought the original game and you left this part of your community out in the dark since the beginning. Loads of promises we're made but not even an official excuse or statement after you couldnt deliver.
    I'm still very dissapointed in this franchise since the launch of CIV V.

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    Strength 60 on that machine gun. Geez. Is that Cardiff that Machine Gun is going for? Are the Welsh gonna be a civ?

    I wonder how religion will be distinguished form culture? I suppose that Faith will be its own resource, with temples and monuments cutting over to religion, and we'll get some new culture buildings to fill the gap.

    I like the way the prompt says "please select a follower belief". I'm glad good manners in video games aren't a completely lost art.

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    Just saw this though facebook....made by day. Eagerly waiting for it.

    Some official confirmation about the remaining civs would be good as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveg700 View Post
    Strength 60 on that machine gun. Geez. Is that Cardiff that Machine Gun is going for? Are the Welsh gonna be a civ?
    The Celts will be.

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    Great news! I can hardly wait. Thanks 2K!

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    Found some interesting info here:

    http://asia.gamespot.com/sid-meiers-...ion-v-6350514/

    Cost is around 29.99 USD and would be available via steam.

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    Here is a little bit of information about the Netherlands unique components:

    Netherlands

    The latest addition is that of nine new civilizations. And yes, William of Orange and the Netherlands are finally our own party. Better yet, the Dutch will be a few interesting units and buildings, including a ship that steals gold from port cities and even ships of the enemy to overrun your side. They can also convert wetlands to profitable fields, making these areas much less attractive.
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    Celts and Byzantines
    Beach noted that the Celts have the ability to gain additional faith when their cities are settled against a forest, while the Byzantines can purchase a bonus, sixth belief.

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    I'd be willing to pay a full price for this; $29.99 sounds like a good value.

    I'm very excited, but at the same time I have to agree with a common naysayer comment: this expansion, or the patch that goes with it (since 2K will very likely release a patch for the base game at the same time, as they always do) had better include the complete polishing of multiplayer. Enable mods, clean up the interface, put in animated leader heads (or even static leader heads; just put in leader heads at all, really), movement and combat animations, match the multiplayer AI and AI trading to single player...

    If, after this expansion, Civilization V was 100% complete and ready for public release (that's the state I consider multiplayer still in: not even at an appropriate level of polish for launch day), I would finally be satisfied with this product and company. Until then, consider me hesitant about donating my hard-earned cash to 2K or Firaxis in return for future incomplete products.

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    ...it's always the same civs (netherlands, mayans, celts, ...)

    I can suppose that Kongo, Majapahit or Inuits will stay a nice novelty dream?

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    Man I hope the "Click to change" next to the religion means we can rename it into anything we want. I get a lot of fun out of renaming my civ into all kinds of nonsense in-game

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    More info at Gamespot: http://www.gamespot.com/sid-meiers-c...ion-v-6350514/

    Price is indeed $29,99

    Quote Originally Posted by Gedemo View Post
    ...it's always the same civs (netherlands, mayans, celts, ...)

    I can suppose that Kongo, Majapahit or Inuits will stay a nice novelty dream?
    Dunno, there have been some new civs already (like Polynesia).

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    HUMINAHUMINAHUMINAHUMINAHUMINAHUMINAHUMINAHUMINA!! !

    Everything about this screams awesome! Tons more cool civilizations (Netherlands FTW!), new units and technologies, more City States with better diplomatic options, and then some? Count me in!

    It looks as though Portugal is out for this one, considering Lisbon is in as a City State (Mercantile, I'd assume). I wonder what City States will make it in as the religious ones? I'm sure Vatican City and Lhasa will be two of them. And to those speculating, there are 5 other Civilizations we don't know about yet, so we could always get one or two new faces in the mix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwallyn View Post
    I wonder what City States will make it in as the religious ones? I'm sure Vatican City and Lhasa will be two of them.
    Jerusalem maybe? (I don't know if that has been claimed by one of the normal civs yet or if it's already an existing CS?)

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