'Civilization V: Gods & Kings' expansion announced!

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2K Greg has announced an expansion pack for Sid Meier's Civilization V, entitled 'Gods & Kings', in a blog post on the 2K forums.

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.


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Higher resolution screenshots can be viewed in the following thread.

And 2K Greg has also kindly posted the announcement in our Civ5 General Discussion forum, where you can discuss this upcoming release!
 

Lachlan

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Nice stuff :king:
 

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Damn religion, the only thing i did not want back.
I will get it for the better combat sys.
 

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Amen. At last. Seems that is going to be the BtS of Civ 5 :)


Shame we don't know if Byzantine Empire will be in.

Speculatively probably will be. Since one campaign is the fall of Rome, and also Byzantine Empire is the epitome of Christianity (religion) for more than 1400 years. Crossing fingers.
 

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Squeeeeeee!!!!!!!

I'm technically in class, so I shouldn't be following this right now. I'll just point out that two wonder suggestions I've made over and over again appear to be in - Terra Cotta Statues and Petra.

I'll comment in actual comment threads when I get the chance.
 

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How MANY expansions did it take to get religion back in the game?
 

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Looks interesting. I may get it if Civ5 works on my laptop.
 

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Purple on black isn't great but at least it is readable unlike blue.

Good to hear Firaxis is making an expansion, depending on what it changes I might actually pick this up during the holiday Steam sale in December.

How MANY expansions did it take to get religion back in the game?

1, and honestly it probably would have sucked as much as it did in Civ4 if they had tried to rush it into the game like they did with everything else at Civ5's initial release.
 

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I have largely given up on Civ5, but if this XP improves the game significantly I may be willing to go back to it. I won't buy the XP until at least 6 month from now though, giving it sufficient time to generate accurate user feedback before spending any money on it. I have been burnt on Civ5 and will not let them rob me blind against.
 

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Very good news!

Damn religion, the only thing i did not want back.

I'm fine with religion. It's espionage that I don't care for. I don't think it's ever been implimented worth a crap in any version of civ (unless there was an option to disable it).
 

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Glad to hear it. that being said this is the first Civ product I wont buy on release. Will definitely wait to see if they fix the diplo system. For me the current system is a deal breaker. Here's to hoping they can pull a long time player back.

Demo or bust!
 

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Wow! Figure they'll fix all the outstanding problems? Nah...

Still, I'll probably get it to make sure I'm not missing anything important.

It does seem really cool, but I probably shouldn't get my hopes up. Oh, whatever, I give in...

WOW!! It looks so AWESOME! I can't wait!
 

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I really hope that the '9 new civs' isn't 3 new civs and 6 repacked DLC civs.
 
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