Civilization 6 Rise and Fall Developer Reaffirms Firaxis' Commitment to Expansion Packs Over Microtransactions

Civilization 6 Rise and Fall Developer Reaffirms Firaxis' Commitment to Expansion Packs Over Microtransactions

"Our love, our passion, and our expertise are in expansion packs."

Where some companies are tripping over themselves to get players to spend a little bit of money here and there for additional content, Firaxis is apparently staying true to a more traditional DLC and expansion model for games like Civilization 6 and XCOM.

In an interview with Eurogamer, Anton Strenger, the lead designer of the new "Rise and Fall" Civilization 6 expansion, said that Firaxis will likely stick with big expansion packs. "[Our] love, our passion, and our expertise are in expansion packs," said Strenger.

One reason for the expansion pack love is because with games like Civilization and XCOM, expansion packs can add "not just content in the way that some other game are able to do," explained Stenger, "but really deep changes to our systems and rules."

That's why even if Take-Two interactive chairman and CEO Strauss Zelnick told investors that "recurrent consumer spending" should be expected from its products, Firaxis has a special soft spot for big expansion packs.

So hopefully we can expect to see even more DLC content along the lines of Civilization 6's Rise and Fall expansion, or XCOM 2's War of the Chosen.

Expect to see Rise and Fall for Civilization 6 on February 9, 2018.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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