Strategies games don’t often get much attention as they are not as popular as certain other genres, but 2023 has been different. Of the different news drops and leaks we have heard this year, it is great news to see that the civilization franchise is getting attention. Specifically, it has been revealed that Fireaxis is working on a new Civilization game, which appears to be their next full project. So let’s go ahead and take a look and see what we know about this new game.
- Fireaxis plans on releasing a new entry in the Civilization series.
- This came out with the announcement of some staff changes at the studio.
- Not much is currently known about the game, but there is a strong chance this release will relate to other factors.
Civilization is and has always been one of the standby games for fire axis games as both a money maker and a recognizable flagship. So it isn’t exactly surprising that the game series gets a new entry every few years just to keep things fresh. In this case, though, there may be more going on than meets the eye. You can check out the original post from Wario64 on Twitter that had the press release.
next Sid Meier’s Civilization is in development. Heather Hazen named as studio head of Firaxis Games. Jake Solomon is departing the studio pic.twitter.com/uDVafqPoSr
— Wario64 (@Wario64) February 17, 2023
First, let’s start with what we know about this game: it has been confirmed to be the next release. It would be fair to assume that there will be an improvement to both gameplay and graphics when this releases. It might also be possible to see new mechanics or playable civilizations. Beyond this, we know very little about the game itself, but we might know more about why it is being released.
You must first remember that the last game the company released was Marvel’s Midnight Suns. While this game has been very popular with critics and those who played it, it missed one key and critical area. Marvel’s Midnight Suns did not become a best-selling game like it was supposed to. Some say it missed the mark so badly that it was close to a flop. I don’t know if that is true, but it seems likely that the game did not meet the expectation, which put the company on the back foot.
At the same time, it is more than likely that the departure of two long-time team members may have also pushed this line. Both former studio head Steve Martin and Former Creative Director Jake Solomon have departed the studio to work elsewhere. While staffs change all the time in the industry, these were both long-term employees who generated a lot of ideas in the company.
Because of this, I am sure that new studio head Heather Hazen and her other staff leaders decided it would be a good idea to return to what the company does best. So we will see what this new entry looks like under her leadership. She has worked at fire axis for over two decades, so there is good reason to hope for the best.
That is all we have because Fireaxis is working on a new civilization game.
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