Civilization V is available now for the PC. This page is a compendium of
information on the elements and mechanics of the game, assembled from screenshots, gameplay videos and
About the Analyst
This site was set up to track pre-release information about Civilization V. Why
did I do this? Because I'm not sane -- I enjoy playing "intelligence
analyst" trying to parse data out of screenshots and assembling a coherent
picture of the game. And because prior to just a few days before release, the information
wasn't available anywhere else.
Pardon the messy, temporary nature of the pages. They are large and
image-heavy. I knew when I started it that this site only had a projected
lifespan of about two months (until the game was released and the information
here became irrelevant), so I knew I would never be able to make everything as
tidy as I would like.
Civilization V Official Site: Not
a lot of information here, but a few screenshots, videos, and podcasts with the
Civilization Series Official Site: A
look at the previous entries in the series.
Fanatics Center Forums: Discussion of Civilization. I post here as "AriochIV".
Civilization V Civilopedia Online
: a faithful online version of the in-game documentation.
Well of Souls: My main website,
containing my artwork and Outsider
webcomic, and other game projects similar to this one.
A number of names get mentioned in various notes around the site, so here is
a key to who is whom in Civilization V Land:
Ed Beach: G & K Lead Designer, Firaxis Games
Casey O'Toole: G & K Lead Programmer, Firaxis Games
Liam Collins: G & K Designer/Developer, Firaxis Games
Tiffany Nagano: G & K Producer for 2K Games
Jon Shafer: Civ V Lead Designer, Firaxis Games
Dennis Shirk: Civ V Producer, Firaxis Games
Brian Wade: Civ V Programming Lead, Firaxis Games
Dorian Newcomb: Civ V Lead Artist, Firaxis Games
Dan Baker: Civ V Graphics Lead, Firaxis Games
Garrett Bittner: Civ V Producer for 2K Games
Greg Laabs: a.k.a. "2K Greg," Civ V Community Manager, 2K Games
Elizabeth Tobey: a.k.a. "2K Elizabeth," Sr. Manager, Interactive
Marketing, 2K Games
Thanks to Greg Rozmarynowycz for his groovy stylesheet work.
17 May 2013: 2K revealed Morocco and Indonesia as two more of the
new civilizations in
Brave New World. Rev3Games has a
gameplay preview up.
Check the change log for updates.
9 May 2013: 2K released a featurette on
Culture and Tourism.
1 May 2013: 2K revealed the box art
for Brave New World.
12 April 2013: Zulus and
Portugal have been revealed. More new images and info on
11 April 2013: Dennis Shirk had a Q&A with TwitchTV today; I am
updating the Brave New World page with
relevant info; check the Change Log for
individual updates. There should be more new information tomorrow.
9 April 2013: The
official Civ V Facebook page has a teaser post all but confirming
Shaka Zulu as the fourth new
7 April 2013: It was brought to my attention that Gods & Kings
included a number of unused
Civil War unit graphics; it seems very likely that these will be used in the
War Between the States scenario
in Brave New World, so I have added images of them to the
New Units section. The
screenshots are from
FramedArchitect's Civil War mod, which uses these unit graphics.
23 March 2013: Firaxis ran a
Brave New World demo at
PAX East today. Assyria and Brazil joined Poland as the confirmed
new civilizations, and there was
an overview of the new Culture
and Trade systems.
15 March 2013: 2K Games has announced
Civilization V: Brave New World, the
second expansion for the strategy game. I will track details as they become
available on this page.
19 June 2012: Gods & Kings is now available on Steam in North America.
I will update the page to reflect the released state of the game as time
permits, but for the most part my work here is done. Happy playing!
18 June 2012: Gods & Kings domestic release is tomorrow, but for those
who can't wait, check out the G&K version
of the PDF manual. You'll need to scroll about 3/4 of the way down to see
the new G&K information. I will update the G&K
page as time permits to reflect the changes.
13 June 2012: A new
trailer video is now available. I don't know if this was the video that was
playing in the booth at E3, or if it's new, but it does have new information in
it. Check the
Change Log for a list of updates.
7 June 2012: Several people have asked, but there has been no new G&K
information out of E3.
5 June 2012: A beta patch for "vanilla" Civilization V is available
this post for instructions on how to get it). It has a few new UI features,
and a few minor things from Gods & Kings (for example, it uses the new G&K
version of the Trading Post