Facebook-based Civilization World gets closer to beta testing

While companies like Zynga are making tons of money creating games for Facebook, one of the most well known game developers of all time has been working for nearly two years on a Facebook game based on one of the biggest PC franchises of all time. The game designer is Sid Meier and the game is Civilization World, the next game in the long running strategy game franchise. First announced way back in October 2009 by publisher 2K Games, the game's development has been under a dome of silence for much of that time.

That changed a few months ago when the Civilization World Facebook page asked for people to sign up for an alpha test. Now it appears that the game is getting closer to completion. According to a VentureBeat story, Civilization World should enter closed beta testing "soon" with open beta testing planned for sometime this summer.

The preview goes into more detail on the gameplay of Civilization World, which Sid Meier himself has been "hand coding". The game itself can have a beginning, middle and end like regular games in the Civilization turn-based strategy franchise. The difference is that players will be competing with friends in a persistent world as they and you build up your civilization. Up to 200 players can participate in a game and you can take on allies to battle against other teams of players. And yes, like in other Facebook games you can purchase item via an in-game store. However the prices of items can change due to normal economic factors like supply and demand. Since most Facebook games take only a few months to develop and release we hope the long wait for Civilization World will be worth it.

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DeMo_BR said,
Is it flash based? If it is, it will probably blow everybody's processor...

12-16? Coz your remark is sooooooo childish! lol

Have to agree with the first poster gfx could be better, i have played two other war games that had better graphics than this.

I think I'll just stick with Civilization V. Aside from anything else, Facebook and Civilization are already time consuming for me individually. If the two were to merge, I'd never leave.

why must people only ever look at graphics, with this sort of game the game play is what makes the game great. That said I am liking the look of this

Are people forgetting just how many assets are animated during a SINGLE TURN in a Civilization game? That's A LOT of flash to load and animate...

That said, I think it looks good. It's simple, but colorful, and more importantly, it's Civilization on Facebook. I'll never need to leave my computer again

wow that looks horrible i mean is it so hard to draw something nicer? You dont need to have the latest gfx to have decent 2D looking graphics.

Ew. I hope that picture above isn't a screenshot of it. Ugly game that looks like it was made in the '90s :-(

k776 said,
Ew. I hope that picture above isn't a screenshot of it. Ugly game that looks like it was made in the '90s :-(

It's on facebook, browser based.
If you want better graphics play better game and don't complain.
By the way, I think it looks nice.

boumboqc said,

It's on facebook, browser based.
If you want better graphics play better game and don't complain.
By the way, I think it looks nice.

Yeah I like the screenie too.

k776 said,
Ew. I hope that picture above isn't a screenshot of it. Ugly game that looks like it was made in the '90s :-(

Civ games aren't about graphics, gameplay is what matters most. What are you expecting in a Facebook game?, Shader Model 5.0??

boumboqc said,

It's on facebook, browser based.
If you want better graphics play better game and don't complain.
By the way, I think it looks nice.

i have played browser based mmos... they look way better than this. so even its browser based. that doesn't mean it will look bad. even barbie girls looks amazing compared with the screenshot. BUT i have seen bad ones as well, so browser based doesn't mean super highres but also there are good ones. it depends on the developer.

Edited by lalalalalalalala, May 13 2011, 1:04am :

boumboqc said,
It's on facebook, browser based.
Runescape is browser based and far better than this in terms of appearance.

What are you expecting in a Facebook game?, Shader Model 5.0??
Something that doesn't look like it was made in the 1990's! Reminds me of graphics from a Nintendo 64.

My point is, for a major games developer like Sid Meier, you'd think they could get something that at least looks modern. I'm NOT asking for 3D or bloom effects.

k776 said,
Ew. I hope that picture above isn't a screenshot of it. Ugly game that looks like it was made in the '90s :-(

What does the 90s have to do with it? There were plenty of good looking games made in the 90s.

k776 said,
Runescape is browser based and far better than this in terms of appearance.

Something that doesn't look like it was made in the 1990's! Reminds me of graphics from a Nintendo 64.

Runescape is java based, and no doubt this will be flash based.
My point is, for a major games developer like Sid Meier, you'd think they could get something that at least looks modern. I'm NOT asking for 3D or bloom effects.

boumboqc said,

It's on facebook, browser based.
If you want better graphics play better game and don't complain.
By the way, I think it looks nice.

Just because its a browser game doesn't mean the graphics cant be better, take a look at onlive cloud gaming.