Sid Meier’s Civilization VI

Alternative title(s)
Antiquity gameEAG
ReleaseOct 21, 2016
Publisher2K Games, Aspyr
DeveloperFiraxis Games
Platform(s)macOS, Windows; Linus (2017); iOS (2017); Nintendo Switch (2018); PS4 (2019); Xbox One (2019)
ModeSingle-player, multiplayer
GenreStrategy game; empire-building
SettingVarious civilizations throughout time, including Greece (under Pericles and Gorgo), Macedonia (under Alexander The Great), Rome (under Trajan)
Notable charactersBPericles, Gorgo, Alexander, Trajan, Basil IIDLC, AmbiorixDLC
DLCRise and Fall (2018), Gathering Storm (2019), Maya & Gran Colombia Pack (2020), Ethiopia Pack (2020), Byzantium and Gaul Pack (2020), Babylon Pack (2020), Vietnam and Kublai Khan Pack (2021), Portugal Pack (2021)


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Mol, A. A. A.; Politopoulos, A.; Ariese-Vandemeulebroecke, C. E. (2017). ‘“From The Stone Age to the Information Age”: History and Heritage in Sid Meier’s Civilization VI’ in Advances in Archaeological Practice 5, 214-219.

Rassalle, T.; Martino, S.; Politopoulos, A. (2020). ‘SASA Archaeogaming Live: “Civilizations VI” led by Tine Rassalle, Shannon Martino & Aris Politopoulos’ [Twitch, YouTube stream].

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Schmidt, S.; Rassalle, T. (2020). ‘The roles we play in history: Narratives about women in historical strategy games’. Presented at the Interactive Pasts Conference Online 2, 5-6 November 2020. 

Additional keywords

4X, history

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