2011 greets us with some more news from Civilization. First, is that the Civilziation Facebook game, now called Civ World, is entering Closed Alpha today. If you’re interested in getting in on the Alpha, definitely check out the facebook page.
It will be really interesting to see how Civ World adpots the classic Civlization Turn-based strategy to the Facebook platform. I’m hoping, really hoping, that they don’t follow the formula of City of Wonder or City Ville, where you finish construction projects by having your friends click on them. Lord knows USSR would have won the Cold War if more of Stalin’s friends had signed up for Facebook. However, this seeems promising “in Civ World you will be joining your friends to form nations, which will compete with other player-nations to rule the world”. So at least we know that there’s actually competition. That’s a good sign.
You can also read more on Inside Social Games.
In other Civ-related news, Jon Shafer, lead designer for Civilization V, has left Firaxis. Gamasutra has an interview that’s worth a read.