Civilization 5 Gets Steamworks, Pre-Order Perks

by Alice O'Connor, May 06, 2010 11:10am PDT

Firaxis' 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


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.


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