The 25th anniversary of Sid Meier’s Civilization series is upon us! To celebrate it properly, 2K Games and Firaxis Games have announced Civilization VI, the newest entry in this storied series.

Building upon the huge success of Civilization V, Firaxis has stated that players will have brand new ways to interact with the world, whether it’s expanding their empire, developing their culture, or competing against the greatest leaders known to human civilization.

The Civilization series is well known for its deep layers of strategy and numerous ways to achieve victory; Civ 6 will be no different. The cities you build will physically and visually expand on the map to take up more area, and researching new technologies and culture will unlock unique ways for you to achieve your goals. Watch out though, as there are a wide variety of fellow leaders whom will develop their own civilizations according to their own agendas. Their goals will be based on their historical character traits, allowing for a different experience every time.

“Sid Meier’s Civilization VI builds on the firm foundation of the Civilization franchise, and we’ve added many exciting new elements,” said Ed Beach, lead designer at Firaxis Games. “The visual presentation of the game is inspired by the maps and tools of the Age of Exploration, and we’ve made several key gameplay changes such as expansive cities and active research that makes Sid Meier’s Civilization VI an entirely unique experience while remaining true to what makes the Civilization series so special.”

Finally, here’s an overview of the key features of this much anticipated PC title:

  • Expansive Empires: See the marvels of your empire spread across the map like never before. Each city spans multiple tiles so you can custom build your cities to take full advantage of the local terrain;
  • Active Research: Unlock boosts that speed your civilization’s progress through history. To advance more quickly, use your units to actively explore, develop your environment, and discover new cultures;
  • Dynamic Diplomacy: Interactions with other civilizations change over the course of the game, from primitive first interactions where conflict is a fact of life, to late game alliances and negotiations;
  • Combined Arms: Expanding on the “one unit per tile” design, support units can now be embedded with other units, like anti-tank support with infantry, or a warrior with settlers. Similar units can also be combined to form powerful “Corps” units;
  • Enhanced Multiplayer: In addition to traditional multiplayer modes, cooperate and compete with your friends in a wide variety of situations all designed to be easily completed in a single session;
  • A Civ for All players: Civilization VI provides veteran players new ways to build and tune their civilization for the greatest chance of success. New tutorial systems are designed to introduce new players to the underlying concepts of Civilization so they can easily get started on a path to victory.

Civilization VI will bring your dreams of an empire to life on October 21, on PC only. A digital deluxe version will be available, and will include the 25th Anniversary Digital Soundtrack and access to four DLC packs that will add a plethora of additional content such as maps, scenarios, civilizations, and leaders.

We’ll be able to check out the game at 2K’s E3 booth later this year. In the meantime, enjoy the announcement trailer and the few screenshots below.

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