Free Game: Civilization VI

We all like free stuff. Especially when it comes to games, free games are great. And free games that are actually worth having are even better. Hot on the heels of the Epic Games Store offering the behemoth GTA V for free last week – a deal so popular it actually crashed their launcher as everyone scrambled to claim their copy – they are now giving away the daddy of the world-building genre, Civilization VI (maybe they just have a thing for games with Roman numerals).

Civ VI may have initially released back in 2016, but it’s no creaking relic as developer Firaxis Games is continuing support for the game. Having already dropped two major expansions in 2018 and 2019, they recently released a ‘season pass’ for content over the upcoming year, which will see six smaller content drops released every over month through to March 2021.

Obviously the ‘Frontier Pass’ as it has been named is not included in Epic’s free offering – instead selling that add-on content to the influx of new players is how Firaxis and publisher 2K Games will make their money on the endeavour. But getting a base game of the quality and polish of Civ VI is nothing to be sniffed at, whether you choose to just the standard version or go on to invest in the upcoming content.

My own journey with Civilization began back in computing class in high school, when a friend managed to sneakily install a copy of Civ II on a couple of the machines. We’d spend lessons trying to build up our worlds while still being able to switch quickly back to whatever work we were actually supposed to be doing if we sensed the presence of a teacher close by. I may not have put serious time into a game in the series since Civ IV, but thanks to this offer from Epic I’ll be jumping back into Sid Meier’s world and reliving the illicit joy of managing to play video games during school hours.

And if leaks are to be believed, this isn’t the last major offering that Epic has planned during their ‘mega sale’. Usually a collection of smaller, indie titles – many of which have nonetheless been very worthwhile picking up for the princely sum of £0 – Epic have swung big with GTA V and Civ VI. And over the coming weeks a Reddit leaker would have us believe that Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (which contains Borderlands 2 and the Pre-Sequel) and Ark Survival Evolved will be next in line. So whether stylised looting or taming dinosaurs is your thing, it looks like there’s going to be plenty of good on offer over the next few weeks.

Civilization VI is free on the Epic Games Store until May 28th and if you’re looking for a group of like-minded gamers to discuss world domination strategy – or any other type of game – then join the Thumbs Up Gamers Discord.

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