'Civilization 6' Update: Release Date Revealed; Arrives In Major Overhaul

The "Civilization" franchise showed history's greatest cities where inventions and discoveries were forged. And now, fans will be happy knowing that "Civilization 6" is on its way as the latest installment in the popular turn-based strategy video game series. Although no further details have been made available, one thing is for sure: PC owners will be able to play the game come Oct. 21 this year.

According to Ars Technica, 2K Games along with Firaxis is releasing the sixth entry to the highly celebrated 4X strategy franchise. "Civilization 6" is arriving with various changes, one of which includes the art style -- which is said to be a lot "cartoony" compared to the fifth installment.

From buildings drawn using primary colors to terrain textures looking as if they were brush-painted, "Civilization 6" is without a doubt a total game changer in the franchise. But despite the seemingly total overhaul, the game is believed to keep the elements and depth that the entire series have been known for.

The gameplay, on the other hand, will still have players battling over different territories. There will be some changes, though. The so-called "one unit per tile" rule is changed, allowing support units to be entrenched with other units (warriors to settles, while anti-tank support to infantry).

CNet mentions about the drastic departure of "Civilization 6" from its predecessors. In the previous games, placements, expansions and growth are done by simply unstacking cities. In the upcoming game; however, gamers will be stacking their structures and garrison troops, among others, on a single hexagonal tile.

For sure, cities in "Civilization 6" will be a lot specialized than those of the earlier entries in the series. In fact, the metropolis can now be divided, allowing players to make use of several terrains, resources and overall landscape.

For those who want to pre-order "Civilization 6," they can now be pre-ordered on Steam at $59.99 and $79.99 for the regular version and the Digital Deluxe version, respectively. And the forthcoming game will feature the voice of actor Sean Bean -- that Ned Stark guy from "Game of Thrones."

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