2K Games, announced today that Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization, the next game in the long running series of Civilization IV games, is currently in development at 2K's Firaxis Games development studio. Conceived from the ground up to take advantage of the Civilization IV engine, Colonization will be available fall 2008 exclusively for the PC.
"We've received many requests from fans over the years to bring back Colonization and now seemed to be the perfect time to do that," said Sid Meier, director of creative development at Firaxis Games. "The Civilization IV engine provided a fantastic foundation for a newColonization experience and allowed us to create something great for both new players and long time fans of the game."In Colonization, players lead one of four European nations on a quest to conquer and rule the New World. Players will be challenged to guide their people from the oppressive motherland, discover the New World, and negotiate, trade and fight with both the natives and other nations as they acquire power and fight for freedom and independence.
As a complete reimagining of the 1994 classic, Colonization is a total conversion of Civilization IV that combines Civilization's "just one more turn" gameplay with all-new graphics and features that add more depth to the franchise. Other new features in the game will include a brand-new interface, improved diplomacy options and included modding tools.
As a big fan of the RTS genre, I look forward to checking Civilization IV: Colonization when it hits store shelves this fall.