Beyond the Sword

So, the second expansion for Civ4 came out last week. It has been received very well; in fact, it’s the top-rated “recent” PC game, according to Metacritic. I’d like to heartily congratulate my old mates at Firaxis for a job well done – I am especially looking forward to trying out Jon’s and Alex’s new game concepts as well as seeing the job Sirian did with adding events to the core game. The variety of mods and scenarios included in the expansion (ranging from space to fantasy to WW2 to world history) is truly impressive and demonstrates that our efforts making Civ4 so moddable have paid off. I am especially proud of the mods which were contributed from the fan community; I am always surprised how much enjoyment I get watching people become game designers within the Civ universe.

I have to admit, it’s a little odd being on the outside looking in on a major Civilization release. It’s a game that has gone through many different shepherds over the years and will probably continue to do so as long as people want to rule the world. Well, it was a fun ride while it lasted. Good luck to the new generation!

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