Civilization 5 April Fools' Gag: Extreme Diplomacy Death Match

Looking for a bit more action in your strategic conquests? Then boy oh boy, do 2K Games and Firaxis have an April Fools' gag for you.

The companies behind Sid Meier's Civilization 5--due on PC this fall--today (jokingly) announced the inclusion of an "extreme diplomacy" mode in the turn-based straegy game, which "would allow two world leaders to enter a death match and fight to the finish" in the event that "normal diplomacy or military might fail to resolve conflicts."

Revealed alongside this news was an "Uber Edition" of the game that includes an eight-button joystick, plus a breakdown of some attacks specific to certain leaders:

  • George Washington's Uncle Slam Attack
  • Oda Nobunaga's Tsunami Train Attack
  • Otto von Bismarck's Hurricane Helmet Spike Attack
  • Ramesses II's Phalanx of the Leopard Army
  • Montezuma's Revenge of the Aztec Army
  • Napoleon's Complex Military Strike
  • "Each world leader will have unique special attacks and finishing moves," explained 2K. "Two world leaders enter; one world leader leaves. The victor will obtain complete control of the challenger's world empire." More "on how to school fools in a bitter mano-a-mano duel to the death" is supposedly over on the game's official site, though it's not :(

    From The Chatty
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      April 1, 2010 6:28 PM

      I really want this to not be an April fools game. Maybe not have a person win the whole other person's empire, but maybe just a mini-game to convince AI opponents to accept a given proposal.

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        April 1, 2010 6:36 PM

        I would absolutely play this game. Those are the worst April Fool's jokes! =/

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          April 1, 2010 7:18 PM

          Cue SF4 skins for Washington and Nobunaga

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            April 2, 2010 10:50 AM

            oooh I had forgotten you could do that on PC! hm...

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        April 2, 2010 12:22 AM

        A little mortal combat never hurt anyone

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        April 2, 2010 10:39 AM

        That's some sweet character art. I would totally buy a game like this on Steam. Really nice work, too bad it's a joke.

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