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Sid Meier bringing Civilization to Facebook

Famed video gamed developer announces a new title, Civilization Network, set to launch on the social network next year.

Civilization Network
Civilization Network is coming to Facebook in 2010.
Firaxis Games

Famed video game developer Sid Meier, best known for the Civilization franchise, announced on a Civilization Facebook page Thursday that a new title called Civilization Network is on its way to the social network.

According to Meier, he has been "looking at ways of expanding the Civilization gameplay experience to include solo, competitive, and cooperative play to take advantage of the uniqueness of social networks." Civilization Network will allow users to join with friends to "create the world's most powerful, richest, smartest, or just plain coolest civilization," Meier said.

Like so many of its predecessors, Civilization Network will welcome users into a life-like world. Players will be able to take on others in battle, share technological innovations, form a government, win elections, manage growing cities, and more. Meier also said that users can "spy on enemies and work with friends to create the great Wonders of the World." He didn't say how users will control elements of the game.

Civilization fans will be happy to know that users can play as often as they'd like in the game's "fully persistent environment" for free.

Meier wrote on the game's Facebook page that he'll be looking for beta testers, once the closed beta is ready. Civilization Network will launch in 2010 on Facebook.

If you want to stay up-to-date on Civilization Network happenings, join its Facebook fan page here.