Civilization 5 Gets Steamworks, Pre-Order Perks

BOOM widget 95261Firaxis' Civilization V will utilise Valve Software's Steamworks suite, publisher 2K Games revealed today alongside the announcement of a "Digital Deluxe Edition," pre-order bonuses, and 75% off sales on Civ IV and Civ III via Steam.

In addition to serving as DRM, Steamworks will provide auto-updating, achievements, matchmaking, downloadable content support "and more." As such, Civilization V will require an installation of the main Steam client.

In addition to the regular edition, Civilization V will be available from Steam in a 'Digital Deluxe Edition' packing the bonus 'Babylon' civilisation, a behind-the-scenes video and the game's soundtrack. Pre-ordering either edition through Steam will net you the downlodable 'Cradle of Civilization Map Pack: Mesopotamia' for free.

Boasting "an entirely new combat system" with ranged bombardment and now based on a hex grid, Civilization V is scheduled for release in September, according to Steam.