This page is a compendium of
information on the elements and mechanics of the latest Civilization games, assembled from screenshots, gameplay videos and
About the Analyst
This site tracks pre-release information about games in the Civilization series. Why
do 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 it often seems that the information isn't available elsewhere.
Pardon the messy, temporary nature of the pages. They are large and
image-heavy, and frequently change. There is usually a limited window between the time the information
is available and the release of the game (at which point it becomes mostly irrelevant), and so things are rarely as
polished as I would like. Post-release, I try to keep things updated as best I
can, but there are other sources that probably do a better job as post-release
game guides (see links below).
Civilization Series Official Site:
Overviews of Civilization VI and previous entries in the series.
Well of Souls: My main website,
containing my artwork and Outsider
webcomic, and other game projects similar to this one.
Stars in Shadow: The indie space 4X game
that I'm currently working on as artist and co-designer.
A number of names get mentioned in various notes around the site, so here is
a key to who is whom in Civilization Land:
Ed Beach: Civ VI, G&K & BNW Lead Designer, Firaxis Games
Dennis Shirk: Civilization Senior Producer, Firaxis Games
Pete Murray: Marketing Associate, Firaxis Games
David McDonough: Beyond Earth co-Lead Designer, Firaxis Games
Will Miller: Beyond Earth co-Lead Designer, Firaxis Games
Lena Brenk: Beyond Earth Producer, Firaxis Games
Anton Strenger: Beyond Earth Lead Systems & Gameplay 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
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
Thanks to Greg Rozmarynowycz for his groovy stylesheet work.
18 June 2019: The
Civ VI June update is available now.
11 April 2019: The "Antarctic
Late Summer Update" for Civ VI, which adds a number of balance changes and
UI improvements, is available now.
30 March 2019: Firaxis have announced a forthcoming patch with some
gameplay and balance changes. Here is a
and a longer gameplay
13 February 2019: Gathering Storm
is available now. Enjoy!
2 February 2019: The last new leader for Gathering Storm is, as
Eleanor of Aquitaine.
31 January 2019:
There are now a number of
Gathering Storm community livestreams up on YouTube.
29 January 2019:
Phoenicia led by Dido is the last new civilization in Gathering Storm (there
is still one new leader to be revealed).
22 January 2019: The
Ottomans led by Suleiman are the next new civilization in Gathering Storm.
15 January 2019:
Sweden led by Kristina is the next new civilization in Gathering Storm.
8 January 2019: The
Mali led by Mansa Musa are the next new civilization in Gathering Storm.
18 December 2018: The
Inca led by Pachacuti are the next new civilization in Gathering Storm.
11 December 2018:
While we were hoping it was an out of season April Fools' prank, 'tis but too
Canada is the next new civilization for Gathering Storm.
04 December 2018:
The Maori led by Kupe is the next new civilization revealed for Gathering
27 November 2018:
Hungary led by Matthias Corvinus is the first new civilization from
20 November 2018: Firaxis & 2K have announced a new expansion,
Civilization VI: Gathering Storm, due for release February 14, 2019. I have
added a stub overview page here.
8 February 2018:
Civilization VI: Rise and Fall expansion is available now. Enjoy.
6 February 2018:
Zulu has been confirmed as the final new civilization for
Rise & Fall, which released this Thursday.
30 January 2018:
Mapuche has been announced as the sixth new civilization for
Rise & Fall.
24 January 2018:
Scotland has been announced as the sixth new civilization for
Rise & Fall.
22 January 2018: Today a number of community livestreams are being
posted featuring gameplay with an R&F preview build. I will post some
links to the various previews and make
updates as the new information is processed.
16 January 2018: Firaxis/2K posted a
New Features Explained
9 January 2018:
Georgia has been announced as the fifth new civilization for
Rise & Fall.
2 January 2018: The
Cree have been officially
announced as the fourth new civilization for
Rise & Fall.
27 Decenber 2017: Chandragupta has been
as the alternate leader for India.
19 December 2017:
Mongolia has been revealed
as the third new civilization for the R&F expansion.
13 December 2017: Firaxis has a
developer Let's Play
up showing off Korea and various Rise & Fall features.
9 December 2017: Netherlands has been revealed as the second new
civilization for the expansion.
5 December 2017:
Korea has been revealed as the first new civilization for the expansion.
28 November 2017:
Firaxis/2K has announced
and Fall expansion for Civilization 6, due February 8th of next year.
17 October 2017: Firaxis has announced the addition of
26 July 2017: Firaxis has announced
Nubia as a new faction.
22 March 2017: Firaxis has announced a Spring DLC adding
Persia. They also released an
Australia DLC in February.