Civilization VI is now accessible on the App Store for iPad. It’s the full game, making it the first legit, categorical series Civ diversion to be expelled on mobile.
The diversion was ported by Aspyr Media, a company that has been doing Mac diversion ports for two decades and which had formerly ported BioWare’s Jade Empire and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic to iOS. While those games were accessible on the iPhone in further to the iPad, Civilization VI is not.
Unfortunately, Civ VI will not work on just any iPad. According to Aspyr’s blog post announcing the release, Civilization VI requires “iOS 11 on an iPad Air 2, iPad 2017, or any iPad Pro.” This is not surprising, but it cuts out the whole iPad mini line—which is still accessible for sale from Apple—and the strange iPad Air, which is still renouned and in use.
We tried the diversion out and found that it is indeed the full Civilization VI experience, as promised. The UI is blown up a little bit, but all the same elements are there. You daub and drag units to pierce them, and keyboard shortcuts are upheld with the smart keyboard. The arrow keys changed around the map. The “additional content” territory is benefaction for DLC, and LAN multiplayer is supported—but not cross-platform.
According to Twitter user Steve Troughton-Smith, mods are also upheld around iTunes File Sharing. Unfortunately, Civ VI does not support the iPad Pro 12.9-inch resolution—the diversion works on that device, of course, but it looks a little blurry.
Search for Civilization VI in the App Store, and you competence be astounded to see that it’s listed for free. There’s good news and bad news here. The good: fear not, for there are no microtransactions, timers, or any of that diversion design-influencing things that can mangle a diversion like this. Civ VI is free since the first 60 turns you play are free. After that, you have to buy it. That’s where the bad news comes in: it will cost $60, the same cost as the PC and Mac versions.
However, Civ VI is now ignored at $30 for the launch window—which is (maybe not) coincidentally the cost at which you can now buy the desktop chronicle in Steam’s winter sale.
Civilization VI‘s first enlargement pack, Rise and Fall, is scheduled to recover on PC Feb 18, 2018. Aspyr hasn’t pronounced nonetheless when (or whether) that enlargement will come to the iPad version. It will supplement long, gameplay-changing ages, governors, and non-violent ways to seize cities, among other things.
Here’s the brief trailer for the iPad recover of the game.