Sid Meier's Civilization Conquers Consoles

Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution 2K Games today annnounced Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution, the first Civilization game specifically designed for consoles and handhelds by developer Firaxis. Revolution will retain the series' focus of providing engrossing strategic play, while upping the action and streamlining the experience.

"Civilization Revolution is the game I've always wanted to make!" said legendary designer Meier. "We are excited to take advantage of the power of next generation consoles and the ingenuity of handhelds, to create a great and unique strategy game for newcomers to the series, as well as the millions of fans around the world who enjoy Civilization on the PC."

As always, players can choose from 16 civilizations, each with their respective historical leaders. However, Revolution's focus will apparently shift the series from its lengthy, bladder-busting sessions, with what the announcement describes as "accessible" maps and faster rounds emphasizing constant action. The online modes will offer head-to-head and free-for-all matches, with auto-matchmaking and ranked games supported by integrated video and voice chat, allowing for a more social Civ experience. Leaderboards, achievements, and downloadable content round out the known features.

No specific platforms were named, but considering the feature list and wording of the announcement, PS3, Xbox 360, PSP, and DS versions are likely, with a possible Wii release as well. Civilization Revolution will hit stores in spring 2008.

2K Games released a few pieces of artwork for the title, in addition to an announcement trailer.