Civilization Online Finally Going Into Closed Beta… In Korea

By Eugene . May 16, 2014 . 3:00pm


It’s been a long, long time since we heard much word about Korean developer XL Games and their tie-up with 2K Games to make an online Civilization game. We almost assumed it was vaporware by this point. Now, after some teases earlier this year, there’s an actual date for their closed beta test: May 27th.


Interested parties can apply for the closed Korean beta from now till the 25th, with winners notified on the 26th. Civilization Online is billed as a more casual version of the 4X (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate) turn based strategy grand dame.


Supposedly, this will mean you don’t have to put in the soul-sucking hours that Civ games tend to drag on for as your mind goes “One… more… turn…” The first four races and leaders to be announced are the Romans with Julius Caesar, Egypt with Hatshepsut, China with Qin Shi Huang and the war-mongering Aztecs with Montezuma.



In an interview with ThisisGame earlier this year, founder of XL Games Jake Song, who did a lot of work on Lineage, said the game was “60% complete”. The game was announced for the West as well, with the above trailer released last year on the 2K Asia YouTube channel, but there’s been no word nor release date for it yet.


Civilization Online will be going into closed beta later in May in Korea on PC. A Western release has been announced but no date has been set yet.

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  • ronin4life

    I like how you specified Montezuma as war mongering when all four of them were pretty vicious people…
    ‘Cept maybe Hatshepsut, since I don’t really know who that is. Though given Egypts early history, I don’t think it is an altogether rash assumption…
    ^ ,^;;

    • Dark Kain

      In the Civilization Series Montezuma’s AI is famous for being warmongering,up to stupid levels of autodestruction (i.e. ignoring science altogether to build hordes of stone-age warriors).
      While overall ineffective it is an annoying neighbor and pretty harsh for newbies. So everybody remember him as the most aggresive leader after Shaka.

    • Kaetsu

      Screw Montezuma. I have the worst luck with him. Almost every time I start a game he spawns right next to me and he starts war with me on turn really early in the game even when there is no way he can beat me and then he goes through the whole game asking to make peace with me for all my cities, money and resources.

  • AJ

    Now I can fail to honor my treaties and attack without honor ONLINE!

  • Callonia

    Dat Hatshepsut view.

  • Kaitsu

    Side boob

  • keithmaxx

    One… more… click…

    Until you realize the player from the other side of the world left your game to sleep… or play the real Civ game.

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