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Civilization VI Bringing Back Wonder Movies

by on May 26, 2016
 

For Civilization, each iteration brings new ideas and beloved concepts. But not every one continues as the games go on. Some do get left behind for one reason or another. In Civilization IV, movies were introduced to “reward” those who made monuments by showing them being built in a time lapse. The team at Firaxis were very proud of these, but decided to not continue them going forward.

In an interview with IGN, Brian Busatti noted how Civilization VI will have them back, and that the team at Firaxis once again worked hard to make them special:

“We had those pre-rended Wonder movies that show a sort of time-lapse photography sunrise to sunset. Everybody really liked those, and we got a lot of comments that they missed those as a reward for building Wonders,” he recalls. “So now we’re doing those in-game. Wonders actually have very intricate build sequences, so as you’re building Wonders over time you can see a certain percentage that’s done by looking at them massing. But when you’re done you’re rewarded by this movie – actually, the time of day in the world changes. So it goes from night to sunrise, so you see all the bricks building up in place until you get to sunset. Or some of the wonders end at night because they’re lit. And it’s all in-game in your world, and you can see all your buildings around it. It makes the world seem more alive, and that’s something we’ve put a lot of effort into.”

Civilization VI comes to PC, PS4, and Xbox One on October 21t.

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  • June 10, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Very nice. I always loved Wonder Movies. It is just really cool to see a nice cinematic after you invest so much time and resources into building a Wonder.


  • June 11, 2016 at 5:07 am

    Honestly, I could care less about this. As long as they are able to be skipped, I am fine. I naturally don't like to waste my time on this aspect of the game but I might watch one or two if I absolutely have nothing to do.


  • June 14, 2016 at 10:31 am

    That would be pretty fun, as long as they add something to the game I wouldn't skip them. Hope they make the campaign more immersive!


  • June 14, 2016 at 10:53 am

    I'm glad they're bringing these back. Although they don't change the gameplay at all, I always thought it was sort of a nice touch to get to see the animation after completing a wonder, similar to being able to see the overhead view of a city like in Civilization 3. Just a nice little touch.


  • June 15, 2016 at 10:48 am

    This was one of the nicer elements in the game and I remember that it bothered me a lot when they removed them. Now bring back the Earth forming sequence with Leonard Nimoy's (RIP) old narration and multiple possible leaders for each civilization, so I can shut up and give you my money! 😛


  • June 15, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    That is awesome. I can't believe that they removed it in the first place. There's a certain appeal to seeing your wonder being completed after a long time of working on it, and it's part of the charm when you see the cinematic of you being able to erect such a magnificent piece of history in your own territory. It was an awesome sight to behold. The bonuses are great too, but I usually build wonders to show off my resources.


  • June 15, 2016 at 5:45 pm
    Sparks

    I'm glad they're bringing these back. Although they don't change the gameplay at all, I always thought it was sort of a nice touch to get to see the animation after completing a wonder, similar to being able to see the overhead view of a city like in Civilization 3. Just a nice little touch.

    Agreed, I always loved these. Gave me such a good sense of accomplishment.


  • June 17, 2016 at 7:12 am
    Belovedad

    As long as they are able to be skipped, I am fine.

    That's what I think as well. I don't mind them and some of them might be cool when you see them once or twice.


  • June 17, 2016 at 10:46 am
    Sparks

    I'm glad they're bringing these back. Although they don't change the gameplay at all, I always thought it was sort of a nice touch to get to see the animation after completing a wonder, similar to being able to see the overhead view of a city like in Civilization 3. Just a nice little touch.

    I agree, they made the completion of a Wonder just a little more epic. Without the movies, wonders just felt like any other building you finished that was just better. Wonder movies kinda highlight the fact that you are the only one who has it.


  • June 21, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    It's nice to watch the cinematic after building them the first few times, but after 100+ games you just want to skip it altogether. Hope there's a skip button implemented.


  • June 22, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    Well I am like a lot of other users here and I am not the biggest fan of these types of features of the game. I have to say though that they are very well done and truly impressive, but I just wish that you could watch them later when you wanted versus right there in the game. I am sure they will be exciting though, so I am interested to see them.


  • June 24, 2016 at 1:26 am

    I don't really know what to think about this one. I mean – it might look great, but it surely gets repetitive. I'm that kind of person that doesn't like any cutscenes in games, I just love when everything is "smooth" (I hope you get the idea).


  • June 29, 2016 at 10:44 am
    AxelR

    I don't really know what to think about this one. I mean – it might look great, but it surely gets repetitive. I'm that kind of person that doesn't like any cutscenes in games, I just love when everything is "smooth" (I hope you get the idea).

    I agree with this. It will be cool to watch them once or twice, but after that I'll just want to skip them when they show up. Civ is a game that already takes quite a long time to play, so as cool as the scenes might be, I'd rather the game go on at a brisker pace.


  • June 30, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    I love when video games inspire movie releases. I loved watching Wonder movies and I love playing Civilization!


  • July 1, 2016 at 2:44 am

    For me, they will be interesting the first few time I see them, and after that I'm probably going to skip them. However, the game looks AMAZING as of now. Looking forward to the game, can't wait for it!


  • July 1, 2016 at 7:57 pm
    theGIJST

    For me, they will be interesting the first few time I see them, and after that I'm probably going to skip them. However, the game looks AMAZING as of now. Looking forward to the game, can't wait for it!

    Oh yes…. the hype is definitely real!! I just hope that the release lives up to the hype. In my experience, games usually fall short of consumer expectations.


  • July 8, 2016 at 6:48 am

    It's the small details that make the biggest differences and this has to be a great new addition for this game! We are building ourselves a new civilisation, so why not enjoy every aspect of building it and seeing it grow? Reading the article really made me feel that the team behind this game really went above and beyond to change the gaming experience and bring as many innovations to it as possible. The effort that went into making those small 20 second building sequences for every wonder in the game couldn't have been somebody's weekend side-project. I appreciate this investment of their resources and I am sure it will add even more flavour to the playthrough, especially if you are on a personal quest to see each wonder building sequence in game and not rushing to YouTube to see it beforehand.


  • July 25, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    Hm this is pretty nice, I love seeing little cutscenes after I complete something. I've played other games where this happens and it's nice to just take a little break and admire what you made.


  • July 27, 2016 at 3:48 am

    Yet another stylish addition when compared to Civ V. In the beginning, it's surely going to be more than refreshing to feel rewarded for all the resoures you've put in to build that specific wonder, but I don't think it'll take more than 10 games for all of us to spam the skip button as soon as they begin. Either way, a cutscene is almost always better than just an image (as is the case with Civ V), so kudos to the devs for putting in the effort even for smaller details.


  • August 2, 2016 at 3:05 am

    Does anyone know why they removed them in the first placea? It's nice that they have decided to bring them back and it is great to see the animation after completing a wonder. Great addition after Civ V. I agree that this attention to details is what sets this game apart from the rest.


  • August 2, 2016 at 11:54 am

    I couldn't answer you because I'm a newbie too. But I'm getting the impression that it won't change game play much. So why would they bother so much with something that is not even going to make much difference?


  • August 4, 2016 at 12:30 am
    OursIsTheFury

    That is awesome. I can't believe that they removed it in the first place. There's a certain appeal to seeing your wonder being completed after a long time of working on it, and it's part of the charm when you see the cinematic of you being able to erect such a magnificent piece of history in your own territory. It was an awesome sight to behold. The bonuses are great too, but I usually build wonders to show off my resources.

    Yeah, you are right. They should not remove the wonder movies. These are the things that people like about this game and that is why they should continue it. I hope the developers will continue it.


  • August 4, 2016 at 5:01 am
    iRoxas

    Hm this is pretty nice, I love seeing little cutscenes after I complete something. I've played other games where this happens and it's nice to just take a little break and admire what you made.

    I completely agree with you, it should not be just play and play without admiring your own effort, the wonder movies are going to be awesome, especially for those who are really creative and build up beautiful lands and whatnot, it's surely going to be something awesome, it's just awesome.


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