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.