GameDaily is reporting that Take-Two will be publishing a new Civilization
title in Spring of 2008, with a twist. Instead of the traditional strategy gameplay Civilizations Revolution
will be an 'action-packed' console game
, streamlining the experience for different generation of gamers. They also mention they'll be aiming this game at handheld gamers. "The title will include 16 civilizations, numerous historical leaders to play as or compete against, online play with integrated video and voice chat, more accessible maps, a streamlined time scale for quicker games, and more ... 'Civilization is one of the world's top selling PC game series with more than 8 million units sold, and continues to be recognized as one of the greatest franchises ever created,' added Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. 'We are excited to have Sid Meier getting back to his roots as the game's Lead Designer to carry on its legacy with Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution.'"
This seems somewhat similar to EA's decision to offer up a streamlined version of SimCity
in their next iteration of the series.