Civilization V adding free multiplayer maps, premium 'Polynesia DLC' March 3

More downloadable content is heading to the Civilization universe this week, 2K Games announced today. On March 3, Civilization V owners on PC can...

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More downloadable content is heading to the Civilization universe this week, 2K Games announced today. On March 3, Civilization V owners on PC can download the "Polynesia Civilization and Scenario Pack" for $5 and a bundle of three free multiplayer map packs. The premium DLC adds the Polynesian Civilization and a new scenario dubbed "Paradise Found." In the scenario, players "take on the role of one of the four great Polynesian kingdoms as they strive to become the dominant culture in Polynesia. All-new technology and social policy trees unlock powerful advantages to players, including the fearsome Maori Warrior and the enigmatic Moai. Special changes to the game rules allow players to build expansive kingdoms quickly without impeding their cultural growth, but the seas of the Pacific are huge and land is at a premium among the atolls and islands." The Civilization is led by Polynesia Ruler Kamehameha, who united "all of the Big Islands of Hawai’i under his rule in 1791." The free multiplayer map pack adds three maps: Skirmish, a small map for one-on-one duels; Ring, a map with enemies on your flank; and Ancient Lake, set around an inland island with a secret. The free content will automatically be added to the game on March 3 when players connect to Steam. The content was developed by Civilization V developer Firaxis Games. There's no word on the content's availability on Mac. The original wave of PC-based downloadable content recently made its way to the Mac version of the game. Both the game and DLC were developed for the Mac by developer Aspyr Media.
Information from 2K Games:

Civilization and Scenario Pack: Polynesia (MSRP: $4.99)
The Civilization and Scenario Pack: Polynesia brings you both the Polynesian Civilization and a new Scenario, Paradise Found. Rule the world as Kamehameha, unifier of Hawai’i, with your powerful navy and imposing Moai statues!

Scenario Description:
In Paradise Found, players take on the role of one of the four great Polynesian kingdoms as they strive to become the dominant culture in Polynesia. All-new technology and social policy trees unlock powerful advantages to players, including the fearsome Maori Warrior and the enigmatic Moai. Special changes to the game rules allow players to build expansive kingdoms quickly without impeding their cultural growth, but the seas of the Pacific are huge and land is at a premium among the atolls and islands. Take the best islands for yourself, and prove your mana as a ruler as you build Polynesia to stand the test of time!

Polynesia Ruler – Kamehameha
Kamehameha was the first ruler to unite all of the Big Islands of Hawai’i under his rule in 1791, and reformed many of the island’s laws to protect its people. Because of his strong rule and wise policies, Hawai’i remained an independent kingdom long after Kamehameha’s death in 1819.

Multiplayer Map Pack (Free)
Three new multiplayer maps for Sid Meier’s Civilization V will be available as a free Multiplayer Map Pack download upon connecting to Steam. The first map, Skirmish, is a small map created especially for intense one-on-one duels of Civ. In the second map, Ring, you’ll face enemies on your flanks and have a chance to sail across the middle of the world to fight your opponents. The last map, Ancient Lake, is a hand-tailored map set around an inland sea, the heart of which hides a secret! These maps are carefully balanced for competitive online play and will give players new worlds to conquer.

From The Chatty
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      February 28, 2011 2:38 PM

      Summary: Free and premium DLC coming to the PC version of Civilization V on March 3. Details inside.

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      February 28, 2011 2:40 PM

      I'm not touching multiplayer until there is an option to add in animations.

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        February 28, 2011 2:41 PM

        Does saving/loading work in multiplayer now? Last I heard it was buggy.

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          February 28, 2011 3:21 PM

          I wouldn't know.

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          February 28, 2011 4:13 PM

          I play about one multiplayer game per week and have never had a glitch when loading from a save, but the game only permits loading from autosaves.

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            February 28, 2011 11:12 PM

            I still can't get a game going with more than 2 people. Shit is bugged the fuck up.

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        February 28, 2011 2:43 PM

        Regarding mp mode: Is there only "one" mode where all players take turns simultaneously? Or is their the option to take turns the rational, sequential way (as per Civ 4)?

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          February 28, 2011 3:09 PM

          I haven't played any multiplayer yet myself but it wouldn't surprise me if that was the case. I haven't been very optimistic about mutiplayer ever since the shack Civ V E3 interview was amended.

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          February 28, 2011 5:01 PM

          Yeah, that's it.

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          March 1, 2011 6:47 AM

          wait is there seriously no "sequential" mode for MP?

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      February 28, 2011 2:40 PM

      Sorry Civ V, I'm done with you :(

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        February 28, 2011 2:48 PM

        yeah, polynesia DLC is uh not really what i'm looking for for this product. i mean polynesia? the phrase "polynesian empire" led me to this which is like "it really wasn't much of an empire": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tu%27i_Tonga_Empire

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          February 28, 2011 2:49 PM

          also a polynesia DLC would just emphasize one of the things the AI is terrible at, which is amphibious combat.

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        March 1, 2011 6:35 AM

        If the DLC was apology dlc and had been free, I'd have given civ5 another shot.

        Its sad, I was really the biggest fan of the civ series.

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      February 28, 2011 2:42 PM

      What are the unique traits for Polynesia?

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      February 28, 2011 3:19 PM

      2.99 for "cradle of civilization" maps, 7.50 for 2 other civs, 5 for this. This is the Railworks of strategy games. I'll wait for a massive sale.

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      February 28, 2011 3:34 PM

      Lick my balls while I sip on my Shamrock shake Civ V. Not touching any add-on content for this game till things get better.

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        February 28, 2011 3:56 PM

        The user made mods and civs are pretty cool actually.

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      February 28, 2011 4:59 PM

      Still no hotseat?

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      March 1, 2011 5:54 AM

      I've found myself rather cooled on Civ 5. It presented well at first but the changes and simplifications they've made to this new iteration feel like a somewhat dumbed down version, unfortunately. I still like the series but I think Civ IV is better, all around.

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      March 1, 2011 6:06 AM

      is the game actually playable now?

      after 200/300 rounds, it got glitchy as hell and sometimes took like 2 minutes for 1 round to pass..

      did they patch that out?
      thx 4 info, plz k thx bai

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      March 1, 2011 6:39 AM

      Give me the next patch, plz. :(

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      March 1, 2011 6:52 AM

      when they announced Civ V as a 2010 release, i said "there's no way this is going to be a 2010 game!" well it came out in 2010 but, yeah, it really wasn't a 2010 game. :(