Civilization 5 Demo Coming in September, Prior to Game's Scheduled Release

Strategists looking for an early taste of the latest Civilization are in for a treat, as 2K has confirmed a demo for the fifth major game in the franchise's history is on the way.

The demo for Civilization V is slated to launch prior to the game's September release, according to the game's official website.

Although details for the demo are scarce, initial speculation is that the trial will carry the same features as the demo for Civilization IV. The CivIV demo allowed gamers to select one of four civilizations, each with a limited tech tree and play 100 turns.

Sid Meier's Civilization V is scheduled to release on September 21 in North America in a standard and special edition package, both at retail and online.
From The Chatty
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    August 4, 2010 7:07 AM

    A demo before release, one thats not called a "beta" and linked to pre-orders or other moneymaking scams. What is this 1999?

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      August 4, 2010 7:16 AM

      Sid meier will always be living in the 90's

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      August 4, 2010 7:18 AM

      This kind of crazy forward thinking could catch on

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      August 4, 2010 7:47 AM

      It is sort of a weird thing to do really - the target audience for this game is already sold on it and would buy it with no demo based solely on the recent track record of the developer alone.

      I guess it says that they're so confident with the game that they're not afraid of PREORDER CANCELLED. Maybe that's the real reason pre-release demos became so scarce - the snap judgment culture of the Internet plus the huge amount of competition means that some people are too quick to rush to the conclusion that they don't want to buy a game based off of a demo - which is the thing they've been clamoring for.

      But since Civ5 has no competition really (other than Civ4 I guess) it makes sense that they'd have nothing to fear from releasing a demo. And it's pretty neat actually - it's sort of old school at this point.

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        August 4, 2010 8:00 AM

        that is the exact reason demos aren't happening anymore, that and a gullible consumer base that will gladly give money without receiving a product, in the hopes of getting there first.

        I no longer pre-order. being a PC gamer I rarely run into an issue of a store running out of stock so there's just no incentive for me to do it.

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          August 4, 2010 8:04 AM

          Steam never goes out of stock.

          Except that time Prey was on sale for 99 cents.

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            August 4, 2010 8:58 AM

            Prey isn't even listed on Steam's website anymore. It's as though 2K can't be bothered to issue more keys to Valve to sell.

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          August 4, 2010 9:04 AM

          Let me know what store you're buying from, because the only game in town around here is Best Buy, and they seem to only buy 3 boxes for each PC game, and they don't restock after about 1 or 2 months after the game's release.

          Compare this to their DS wall and the 16 pallets full of Madden 11 that are probably enroute for launch day.

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      August 4, 2010 7:57 AM

      My flannel approves of this message

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      August 4, 2010 9:00 AM

      Yeah 2K is doing it with Mafia II as well. Weird isn't it?

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      August 4, 2010 9:41 AM

      Civ 5 will sell itself, the demo I see is serving two purposes. One being that its coming out purely for the benefit of Civ fans currently to get an early taste of the game and second to obviously entice players who have not yet played Civilization to get a chance to get hooked on it. Obviously if you already pre-ordered the game, I really doubt that anybody would honestly cancel their pre-order on purpose because the Demo sucked. Generally the progression of Civ games has generally been very positive.

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      August 4, 2010 10:13 AM

      I thought the same thing, what the hell is going on.

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