sopssa writes: "Take Two Interactive has laid off 20 Firaxis developers, around 15% of the staff, for what it calls a realignment of development resources at the studio. “Firaxis has realigned its development resources in order to streamline its development process, reduce costs and maximize the overall performance of the studio”, 2K said. The layoffs were announced just a day after Firaxis won "Best Strategy Game" from Game Critics Awards at E3 and are really unusual as they were announced just before a major game released by the studio. However Take Two is saying the layoffs will not affect the forthcoming Civilization V or the Facebook game Civilization Network. Since 2K Games is laying off Firaxis developers and because persons like Will Wright are already working with EA, could it be possible that after Civilization V the team would be working with a new Alpha Centauri, which IP Electronic Arts now owns. Sid Meier has previously hinted it as a possibility and an interesting project if it's just possible."
sopssa writes: "2K Games today announced that Civilization V will be using Steamworks for online matchmaking, automated updates, downloadable content and DRM for the game. Steam's Civilization V store page is also available now, revealing some new information about the game. There will be an "In-Game Community Hub" for online matchmaking, communication and for sharing scenarios between players. Deluxe Edition purchasers will also get a bonus Babylon civilization, behind the scenes videos and a game soundtrack. While including Steamworks might put some people off, it might also indicate a better online gameplay than in the previous Civilization games where it was almost impossible to have a good game without playing with just friends."
sopssa writes: 2K Games announced today that they will be releasing Civilization V in the fall. For the first time in the series the square tiles will be changed to hexes, which 2K Games says provides "deeper strategy" and "more realistic gameplay". Civilization V will also include new graphics engine, new combat system including ranged bombardment, multiplayer and good support for the modding community. 'Each new version of Civilization presents exciting challenges for our team. Thankfully, ideas on how to bring new and fun experiences to Civ players never seem to stop flowing. From fully animated leaders and realistic landscapes, new combat tactics, expanded diplomacy and shared mods, we're excited for players to see the new vision our team at Firaxis has brought to the series.', Sid Meier said. In addition to Civilization V, the Facebook-based Civilization Network will also be released during 2010.