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Sid Meier’s Civilization® V Officially Available on Linux for SteamOS

Aspyr Media, in partnership with 2K and Firaxis Games, announced today that the critically acclaimed Sid Meier’s Civilization® V, and all available expansion packs and downloadable content*, is now available on Linux for SteamOS. The title includes all the same options and features as its Windows PC and Mac predecessors, including Steam Play support. Players will enjoy achievements and cross-platform multiplayer between Windows PC, Mac, and Linux platforms, as well as direct access to the game’s community hub on Steam. This release of Sid Meier’s Civilization V on Linux targets SteamOS and features support for Valve’s upcoming Steam Controller.

“This is the first time that Civilization V has been available on a platform designed for the living room and is a great example of bringing desktop gaming to the big screen,” said Aspyr Media’s Vice President of Publishing, Elizabeth Howard. “We’re excited to be at the forefront of an evolving platform like SteamOS and be an early participant in the upcoming SteamBox ecosystem. Opportunities like this allow Aspyr to do what we do best: bring great experiences to growing and emerging platforms.”

To celebrate the launch of Civilization V on SteamOS, Sid Meier’s Civilization® V: The Complete Edition is available for 67% off for a limited time through Steam, Aspyr’s own online store GameAgent.com, and other participating online retailers. All other Civilization V titles, including the base game and the Gods & Kings and Brave New World expansion packs, are available at 75% off for a limited time.

Sid Meier’s Civilization V has players build and defend an empire on their quest to become the greatest ruler the world has ever known. Game features include:

  • ENDLESS REPLAYABILITY: Play as one of 43 historical leaders and wage war by land, sea, and air, conduct diplomacy & espionage, establish religious beliefs, and discover new technologies in your quest to build the most powerful empire the world has ever known.
  • HUGE BATTLES: Wars between empires spread across land and sea. Ranged bombardment challenges you to develop clever strategies to guarantee victory on the battlefield.
  • DIPLOMACY: Negotiate with some of history’s most cunning rulers, each with a well-crafted plan for victory. City-states present a diplomatic battleground on which the major powers of the world will vie for supremacy.
  • RELIGION: Cultivate Great Prophets and create a religion you can customize and enhance.
  • ESPIONAGE: Send your spies into foreign cities for surveillance, to steal advanced technologies from your competitors, or to interfere with city-state alliances.
  • INTERNATIONAL TRADE: Build your cities into hubs of international trade by land and sea, creating great wealth and prosperity for your people.
  • MULTIPLAYER: Challenge other players to become ruler of the world.

Civilization V has taken this definitive strategy game series in new directions with the introduction of hexagonal tiles allowing for deeper strategy, more realistic gameplay and stunning organic landscapes for players to explore as they expand their empire. The engine delivers a spectacular visual experience that brings players closer to the Civ world than ever, featuring fully animated leaders interacting with players from a screen-filling diplomatic scene and speaking in their native language for the first time. Wars between empires feel massive, as armies dominate the landscape and combat is more exciting and intense than ever before. The addition of ranged bombardment allows players to fire weapons from behind the front lines, challenging them to develop clever new strategies to guarantee victory on the battlefield. In addition to the new gameplay features debuting in Civilization V, an extensive suite of community, and multiplayer elements will also be available.

Sid Meier’s Civilization V is rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and older) by the ESRB and is available on Windows PC, Mac, and Linux for SteamOS for $29.99.

For more information on Sid Meier’s Civilization V for SteamOS, please visit www.aspyr.com or follow us on Twitter (@AspyrMedia) and Facebook (/AspyrMedia).

*Expansion packs and downloadable content include: Gods & Kings and Brave New World; the Conquest of the New World Deluxe Scenario add-on; Civilization Pack: Babylon (Nebuchadnezzar II); Civilization and Scenario Pack: Denmark – The Vikings; Double Civilization and Scenario Pack: Spain and Inca; Cradle of Civilization – Mediterranean Map; Cradle of Civilization – Americas Map; Explorer’s Map Pack; Civilization and Scenario Pack: Polynesia; Civilization and Scenario Pack: Korea; Wonders of the Ancient World Scenario Pack; Cradle of Civilization – Asia Map; Cradle of Civilization – Mesopotamia Map; Scrambled Continents Map Pack; and Scrambled Nations Map Pack.

About Aspyr Media

Aspyr Media, Inc. is the leading publisher of Mac® games, bringing blockbuster gaming franchises including Call of Duty®, Sid Meier's Civilization®, Star Wars™, and Borderlands™ to Mac computers around the world. Headquartered in Austin, TX, Aspyr also develops and publishes interactive entertainment for Mobile, Linux, and Windows PC platforms. More information about Aspyr and its games may be found at www.aspyr.com. All marks and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About 2K

Founded in 2005, 2K develops and publishes interactive entertainment globally for console systems, handheld gaming systems and personal computers, including smartphones and tablets, which are delivered through physical retail, digital download, online platforms and cloud streaming services. 2K publishes titles in today’s most popular gaming genres, including shooters, action, role-playing, strategy, sports, casual, and family entertainment. The 2K label has some of the most talented development studios in the world today, including Firaxis Games, Visual Concepts, 2K Marin, 2K Czech, 2K Australia, Cat Daddy Games and 2K China. 2K’s stable of high quality titles includes the critically acclaimed BioShock®, Borderlands™ and XCOM® franchises, the beloved Sid Meier’s Civilization series, the popular WWE 2K franchise and NBA 2K, the #1 rated and #1 selling basketball franchise*. 2K is headquartered in Novato, California and is a wholly owned label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO). For more information, please visit www.2K.com.

*According to 2008 - 2014 Metacritic.com and The NPD Group estimates of U.S. retail video game sales through March 2014.

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