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Civilization V Gods & Kings DLC This Spring

The 2K Games Blog unveils plans for Gods & Kings, a new expansion pack for Sid Meier's Civilization V coming to the turn-based strategy sequel this spring.

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 there you have it. What do you think? I'm sure you guys have tons of questions, so come on over to our forums and let us know! Or if you'd prefer, you can also reach us on Twitter or Facebook. We'll be reading all of your questions!

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18. Re: Civilization V Gods & Kings DLC This Spring Feb 17, 2012, 04:01 Kobalt
 
theyarecomingforyou wrote:
Anything with Steamworks tends to get slated. It goes with the territory, especially when most people consider it a primarily single-player experience.

Actually it has more to do with the fact that civ 5 fucking sucked at release. After a ton of patches its finally decent though, though nowhere near as good as earlier games. I have a hard time ever seeing me playing this seriously when 1 random scout for a neutral civ can hold up my entire army because of the retarded strict 1 unit per hex rule.
 
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17. Re: Civilization V Gods & Kings DLC This Spring Feb 16, 2012, 22:57 Turglar
 
Sounds good, but where's the pitboss multiplayer mode they promised when Civ 5 launched?  
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16. Re: Civilization V Gods & Kings DLC This Spring Feb 16, 2012, 20:41 Mashiki Amiketo
 
Well going by what people say, I'll pick it up next christmas once everything is all pattered out. By then it should be decent.  
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15. Re: Civilization V Gods & Kings DLC This Spring Feb 16, 2012, 15:58 theyarecomingforyou
 
avianflu wrote on Feb 16, 2012, 13:36:
Amazon reviewers werent at all keen on V.
Anything with Steamworks tends to get slated. It goes with the territory, especially when most people consider it a primarily single-player experience.
 
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14. Re: Civilization V Gods & Kings DLC This Spring Feb 16, 2012, 14:03 WarpCrow
 
Granted I'm a single player guy, but I've really enjoyed Civ V so far despite its shortcomings. I was afraid that after releasing the GOTY edition they would abandon it and leave us with that half-assed collection of DLC though. Glad to see they're working on substantial additions to gameplay instead.  
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13. Re: Civilization V Gods & Kings DLC This Spring Feb 16, 2012, 13:49 Bhruic
 
as much as I was looking forward to this game and then was initially against what I thought were big steps backwards, it has come into it's own.

Yup, once the obligatory patches come out for this DLC, it should be a quite good Civ game.
 
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12. Re: Civilization V Gods & Kings DLC This Spring Feb 16, 2012, 13:36 avianflu
 
Amazon reviewers werent at all keen on V.  
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11. Re: Civilization V Gods & Kings DLC This Spring Feb 16, 2012, 13:34 tony
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Feb 16, 2012, 13:25:
I really wasn't impressed with Civ5. Civ3 and 4 are still my favorites, speaking of which I think I'll go play some.

I was a vocally really against Civ V during it's first few months. The last few patches brought about some good balances, though. It's ultimately going to have trade off's with Civ IV - no research manipulation, no individual city management, and a hard limit of 1upt being the biggest drawbacks - but honestly, as much as I was looking forward to this game and then was initially against what I thought were big steps backwards, it has come into it's own.

I hope the expansion puts it on the same level as Civ 4:BTS
 
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10. Re: Civilization V Gods & Kings DLC This Spring Feb 16, 2012, 13:25 Mashiki Amiketo
 
I really wasn't impressed with Civ5. Civ3 and 4 are still my favorites, speaking of which I think I'll go play some.  
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9. Re: Civilization V Gods & Kings DLC This Spring Feb 16, 2012, 12:34 Verno
 
Oh man I missed the espionage bit at the end there. Can't wait. While this sounds like the game Civ 5 should have shipped as I'm still happy we're at least getting it.  
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8. Re: Civilization V Gods & Kings DLC This Spring Feb 16, 2012, 12:31 justice7
 
Keilun wrote on Feb 16, 2012, 11:06:
justice7 wrote on Feb 16, 2012, 10:43:
Multiplayer Combat Animations need to make an appearance.

They confirmed in the forums that this is on the way. No ETA, but presumably next patch.

They also need to add diplomacy AI in MP the same way it is in SP as well. MP vs AI is my only game mode, so right now the game's just collecting dust.

This makes me giddy, thank you for posting
 
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7. Re: Civilization V Gods & Kings DLC This Spring Feb 16, 2012, 11:59 Paketep
 
Finally!. A proper expansion instead of those shitty DLCs.

Still waiting for Pitboss & PBEM, though. It's been only, oh, two years or so since they said they would be added ONE MONTH after release!.
 
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6. Re: Civilization V Gods & Kings DLC This Spring Feb 16, 2012, 11:41 theyarecomingforyou
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 16, 2012, 10:36:
I'd like a new Colonization myself.
It wasn't long since the last version, plus it had a fair few issues. I'd much rather they focus on expansions for Civ5, as they are doing. I know people moan and groan about changes from each version but Civ5 was an excellent game and this expansion sounds like a step in the right direction.

I'll certainly be picking this up.
 
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5. Re: Civilization V Gods & Kings DLC This Spring Feb 16, 2012, 11:06 Keilun
 
justice7 wrote on Feb 16, 2012, 10:43:
Multiplayer Combat Animations need to make an appearance.

They confirmed in the forums that this is on the way. No ETA, but presumably next patch.

They also need to add diplomacy AI in MP the same way it is in SP as well. MP vs AI is my only game mode, so right now the game's just collecting dust.
 
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4. Re: Civilization V Gods & Kings DLC This Spring Feb 16, 2012, 11:05 Verno
 
Quboid wrote on Feb 16, 2012, 10:46:
Oh yeah, this looks good. Civ 5 is good, but there are plenty of things that need fixing, combat and diplomacy AI for example. It's got the potential to be better than Civ 4 + expansions.

I'm loving CK2 at the moment, so no hurry.

Agreed, I liked a lot of things in Civ 5 but it had a fair amount of issues they never fixed. Most of the features sound nice even if many were in Civ 4 and/or mods.
 
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3. Re: Civilization V Gods & Kings DLC This Spring Feb 16, 2012, 10:46 Quboid
 
Oh yeah, this looks good. Civ 5 is good, but there are plenty of things that need fixing, combat and diplomacy AI for example. It's got the potential to be better than Civ 4 + expansions.

I'm loving CK2 at the moment, so no hurry.
 
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2. Re: Civilization V Gods & Kings DLC This Spring Feb 16, 2012, 10:43 justice7
 
Multiplayer Combat Animations need to make an appearance.

Especially for nukes and ranged attacks, or at the very least some kind of indicator that shows you who attacked you from where.

The multiplayer needs to be brought up to par with the single player.

Not sure if it will tear me from the amazing Crusader Kings II (the AI in that game is incredible).
 
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1. Re: Civilization V Gods & Kings DLC This Spring Feb 16, 2012, 10:36 Cutter
 
I'd like a new Colonization myself.
 
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