Civilization VI Release Date and Price Announced

Civilization VI Release Date and Price AnnouncedFiraxis Games, known for its PC strategy titles has announced the latest entry in its long-running Civilization series. Titled Civilization VI, it promises to build upon the familiar gameplay of past entries while bringing something new to the table.

“Sid Meier’s Civilization VI builds on the firm foundation of the Civilization franchise, and we’ve added many exciting new elements,” said Ed Beach, lead designer at Firaxis Games. “The visual presentation of the game is inspired by the maps and tools of the Age of Exploration, and we’ve made several key gameplay changes such as expansive cities and active research that makes Sid Meier’s Civilization VI an entirely unique experience while remaining true to what makes the Civilization series so special.”

The game will be available on October 21 this year. It’s already up for pre-order on Steam. Rs. 2,499 nets you the game while Rs. 3,299 gets you the Civilization VI Digital Deluxe Edition. This comes with the game, a soundtrack celebrating the series’ 25th anniversary, and access to four post-launch downloadable content (DLC) packs that will add new maps, scenarios, civilisations and leaders for a bundled discount. Compared to Civilization V which launched at Rs. 999, Civilization VI appears rather expensive. Although one could argue it seems fair given the number of hours you’re likely to spend playing the game, as each title in the series has been known to be massive time sinks.

Right now, there’s no minimum or recommended specifications for Civilization VI, something that should crop up closer to release. Hopefully it will be a better game than Firaxis’ last effort, XCOM 2.

Flipkart Releases Uncharted 4 Early

Flipkart Releases Uncharted 4 Early

Uncharted 4 is just a day away but it seems that one eager retailer has already released the game to the public. Popular e-commerce website Flipkart has shipped the Sony published PS4-exclusive game early to a few lucky customers.

The news of this first emerged on popular gaming forum IndianVideoGamer where a user who goes by the name of Nate Drake (quite fitting a handle since its the protagonist’s name in the Uncharted series)posted a picture claiming that he received Uncharted 4 early.

“I pre-ordered the game via Flipkart through COD [cash on delivery] on the 22nd of April. The game got shipped on the 8th of May from Bombay to my nearest hub, which is Vapi. It reached the nearest hub on the night of the eighth itself. The next morning – today morning at 10:22am, a delivery guy delivered the game to me,” he tells Gadgets 360.

This early release was then confirmed by Sony itself.

“Flipkart has admitted to their fault saying it was a bug in their system that led to 20 units going out. We had earlier got a written confirmation from all the big retailers that nothing should go out before embargo date & time i.e. May 10, 12am,” a spokesperson for Sony explained. “We are taking this up very seriously with them to ensure (no matter how small the quantities) that it doesn’t happen in future. They have written to us ensuring that they are putting in their best efforts to rectify even the ones that have gone out for delivery.”

Sony is typically known for shipping its games out to retailers just on time to meet release date. The fact that Flipkart shipped it out early is cause for concern. Especially in a market like India that’sstruggling for validation. Moves like this do little to instil confidence amongst game publishers.

We’ve reached out to Flipkart and will update this story if we hear from the company.

Looking to pick up Uncharted 4? Worried about running into a spoiler with multiple copies out in the wild? Check out our spoiler-free guide of everything you need to know about the game before it’s out on May 10.

Titanfall Studio Working on a Star Wars Game

Titanfall Studio Working on a Star Wars Game

Respawn Entertainment, the studio behind 2014’s frantic multiplayer sci-fi first-person shooter,Titanfall is working on a game set in the Star Wars universe. It will be a third-person action adventure game.

“Today, I’m thrilled to be able to announce that EA and the talented team at Respawn Entertainment have expanded our relationship to include the development of an all-new 3rd person action adventure game set in the Star Wars universe. They join our other great studios – Visceral Games, DICE, Capital Games, BioWare, Motive and more – who are currently working on Star Wars projects,” wrote Patrick Söderlund, Executive Vice President of EA Studios on the company’s website.

What’s interesting is that the team at Respawn that’s working on this new game is being led by God of War III Game Director Stig Asmussen.

“Over the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with Vince Zampella [founder of Respawn] and his group. Their obsession with making games that feel amazing has helped make Titanfall one of the most successful new game launches of this generation. And now, with a new team led by Stig Asmussen, we get to see what they can do when you combine that great attention to gameplay with the power of Star Wars,” Söderlund’s post continues.

With EA-owned Visceral Games working on a Star Wars game that’s being helmed by Amy Hennig of theUncharted fame, we’re curious to see what Respawn comes up with. Considering how poor Star Wars Battlefront was, a Star Wars game borrowing some of Titanfall’s sensibilities in third-person just might be what the popular movie franchise needs.