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E3 2005: Civilization IV
game: E3 2005: Civilization IV
posted by: Blaine Krumpe
publisher: 2K Games
developer: Firaxis
date posted: 12:00 AM Tue May 24th, 2005
last revision: 12:00 AM Tue May 24th, 2005

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Countless Sid Meier fans around the world have been holding their breaths for the new release of Civilization IV. From what I've heard, it will be absolutely fantastic.  But that's the thing, I've only heard good things about it. Over here at E3 I was really disappointed with the amount of information available for the game.  I looked long and hard for a special screening or a behind the scenes look, but I just couldn't find anything!  The only snipit of information came from a very funny video showing Civilization addicts in an AA type meeting.  There was about four or five seconds of in game rotation of the map.  I do have to say that the new 3-D graphics looks fantastic and I think a step in the right direction.

Some of the coolest pieces of information about the game came from a PR guy who worked for Intel.  We were talking at the Intel Party two days ago and Civ IV popped up in our conversation.  Somehow he had seen a special viewing, in it there was a demonstration of being able to zoom from ground level all the way out to world level and being able to rotate the world anyway you see fit.  Now, if this is incorporated in the game, that's anyone's guess, however, this would be a very, very cool new feature.  Also, he said that you must plant different types of crops in order for your society to flourish.  If you keep planting the same thing in the ground, your people will get sick and work slower.  And, gone are the days of city riots!  Now workers will simply stop working.

Besides the other information floating around the net about the features of Civ IV, I really can't add too much because there was no solid information or actual game play down here at E3.   Featured in the game will be Great People (Albert Einstein, Leonardo Da Vinci, etc.), seven different religions that can spread throughout your kingdom, and starting traits that will be based on real world leaders.  Before we know it all, I guess we'll be holding our breaths for a little bit longer.