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Firaxis has a new mainline Civilization game in development

Firaxis has a new mainline Civilization game in development

A new Civilization game, likely to be called Civilization VII, is in development at Firaxis Games, incoming studio head Heather Hazen has announced.

"I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to carry forward the studio's longstanding legacy with the announcement that Firaxis is in development on the next iteration of the legendary Civilization franchise," Hazen said in a press release. "I'm fortunate to work with some of the best developers in our industry, and we have plans to take the Civilization franchise to exciting new heights for our millions of players around the world."

The announcement that a new Civilization game is in development comes more than six years after the release of the last new mainline entry in the series, Civilization VI, in 2016. Firaxis continued to support subsequent releases of the game with expansion packs such as 2018's Rise. and fall Fall and 2019's The Gathering Storm, as well as DLC series like the New Frontier Pass and Leader Pass.

Although Ed Beach will continue to serve as creative director on New Civilization, Firaxis announced some key staff changes at the studio. Longtime studio head Steve Martin has announced that he is leaving Firaxis after 27 years at the company and more than 32 game releases. Meanwhile Jake Solomon, who served as creative director on the XCOM games as well as Marvel's Midnight Sun, is also leaving Firaxis after 23 years.

While Firaxis has confirmed that the game is in production, it's unclear how far along in development it is, when it might finally be released, or how offensive the game's portrayal of pacifist leader Mahatma Gandhi might be at this time.

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