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Civilization VI To Ensure Balancing And Ease Of Choice

by on May 28, 2016
 

In large games, the ability to maintain balance can be hard. As new methods of gameplay can at times become hard to keep in check. This goes especially for Civilization. As new technologies, and the ability to get new and more advanced items, can sometimes make gamers feel like there’s only one real way to play.

With Civilization VI, the desire to make the gameplay feel balanced, all the while offering the chance to “course correct” was vital. Especially when considering the new tech bonus system that’ll allow players to advance based both on what they build and where they are when they build it. In an interview with IGN, Lead Designer Ed Beach revealed this wouldn’t be the case:

“We’ve been working to balance that sweet spot for a couple of years. The key number is what percentage of a technology do you get from a boost? If it’s too high, all people are doing is playing the boosts.”

This also goes to the government building. It’s been at times hard, and often pointless, to change government setups based on what you get from it. Beach admits this flaw:

“Looking at Civ 5’s system, the biggest criticism of it that I agreed with is that it was really hard to pivot in a new direction.”

The desire to change that lead to the new Civics Technology tree, one that is totally separate from the others. One that will allow you to grow through gaining special “cards” that will be available via the research. And as each government type is different, the slots for the cards will vary.

Civilization VI will arrive on PC, PS4, and Xbox One on October 21st.

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  • June 1, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    I am very excited to play this game! I'm happy that they focused on optimizing the good things that they already had, opposed to introducing a bunch of new elements to the game. I feel like Civ VI is going to feel extremely familiar in gameplay, but also new. I'm happy to see the same policy trees!


  • June 10, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    That is really good. I hope they concentrate more on balancing and gameplay rather than adding new junk. In some of the earlier games, they added new stuff that ´could´ work.. but in most situations there was always a best way to do things.


  • June 10, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Can`t wait to get my mitts on Civ VI. Really stoked about all the changes and improvements.


  • June 11, 2016 at 5:12 am

    The game itself seems more like an update rather than a new thing all together. I like that aspect of it as I won't have to be relearning everything again. I look forward to more balancing changes that they will announce.


  • June 11, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Can't wait to play this game. All I have heard from Civ 4 and 5 have been magnificent praises, and I really have high hopes for this one. Last I played was Civ 3, and I really enjoyed it, and I think it's time to get back to my gaming roots and start playing Civilization games again. I haven't played strategy games in a while, so this would be fun.


  • June 11, 2016 at 11:01 pm
    OursIsTheFury

    Can't wait to play this game. All I have heard from Civ 4 and 5 have been magnificent praises, and I really have high hopes for this one. Last I played was Civ 3, and I really enjoyed it, and I think it's time to get back to my gaming roots and start playing Civilization games again. I haven't played strategy games in a while, so this would be fun.

    Civ V is definitely worth picking up if you get it on sale! It's going to be pretty difficult to wait until Civ VI is released. I'm going to be away at school and I probably won't even be able to play it until I'm home again for winter break! All these new additions are gonna kill me while I wait!


  • June 14, 2016 at 10:22 am

    That's good, I wouldn't mind if they didn't add a lot of new stuff as long as we get a balanced and enjoyable game. Can't wait to see more info about this title!


  • June 14, 2016 at 10:22 am
    OursIsTheFury

    Can't wait to play this game. All I have heard from Civ 4 and 5 have been magnificent praises, and I really have high hopes for this one. Last I played was Civ 3, and I really enjoyed it, and I think it's time to get back to my gaming roots and start playing Civilization games again. I haven't played strategy games in a while, so this would be fun.

    As we get closer to Civ6, it will be very easy to find Civ5 on sale. For instance, different game but Witcher 3 expansion released recently and they had a barnyard sale on Witcher 1 and 2. I had a bunch of friends who never played the series pick up Witcher 1 for $2 on Gog.


  • March 21, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    I am trying to decide if I am one hundred percent sure what is being referred to as balancing. It is strange how you can play so much and still not be sure of basic things.


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