TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Sid Meier's Civilization VI'

For those who would like to take the king of 4X strategy on the go, Aspyr Media has announced that as of today Civilization VI will be available for iPad from the Apple App Store.

Otherwise, it feels remarkably familiar to the the PC version and is ported by Aspyr, the same company that ported the previous Civilization games.

Players of the mobile version will be able to enjoy the same gameplay, with the same maps, leaders, technology, and combat mechanics that are featured in the PC version of the game. This is the base Civilization VI game without any of the expansions for the desktop game.

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The release, which comes as a surprise to many, features the full game ported over to iPad on the App Store. To make a comparison, 2K Games charged players $19.99 when the XCOM: Enemy Unknown was launched for iOS in 2013. The only difference between playing on PC and playing on an iPad is that the players have lesser flexibility regarding user controls. That's the same developer responsible for porting games like Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Jade Empire to mobile devices. However, with the release of a full game for the iPad, it looks like the franchise is eyeing the mobile industry as its target market. Users of the latest models of iPads can purchase "Civilization VI" on the official App Store. After that, you have to buy it.

Sid Meier's Civilization VI has been out for just over a year, delighting Civilization V fans by changing things up for the series with tweaks to settlements and victory conditions.

"We hope to support DLC and expansions in the future but can not confirm timing or availability at this time", Aspyr said regarding the expansion. Also, no expansion packs are available yet, nor are any DLC options. Aspyr's FAQ points out one difference: The iPad version's multiplayer modes work only on a local network "as of this point".

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