Can you believe that Sid Meier's Civilization 6, the turn-based 4X strategy game developed by Firaxis, is already six years old? Instead of throwing a party with Peppa Pig blasting in the background, fans might wonder when Civilization 7 (VII) will finally get released.
Curious? Sure you are...so this article explains everything we know so far about Civilization 7, including a look at its potential release date window, leaks, news, and what we can expect from its gameplay.
Update on 25 January 2023 - This article was updated and checked for the latest 'Civilization 7' news and leaks.
Latest Civilization 7 News & Leaks
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We hope that we might see some official Civilization 7 news in 2023.
Civilization 7 is highly unlikely to show up at The Game Awards 2022, but maybe, just maybe, Firaxis will surprise us.
Tune in the watch The Game Awards 2022 via the YouTube stream embedded below. It kicks off on 8 December at 7:30 PM ET / 4:30 PM PT and 9 December at 00:30 GMT.
It looks like Civilization 7 might not release any time soon, as there is more to come for Civilization 6, with a solid leak pointing toward a Leader Pass with a lot more content.
Highlighted leaders from the Civ 6 Leader Pass are Abraham Lincoln for America, Ramses III for Egypt, Nvinga de Nongo for Kongo, and Elizabeth of Russia. Read more about the Civ 6 Leader Pass in our recent article.
Civilization 7 Release Date Speculation
At the time of writing, there is no official confirmed release date for Civilization 7, but in this article, you’ll find all (if any) information that the developer shared, as well as some speculation from Ginx on when we could see it launch.
Looking at it from a historical perspective for mainline entries, we can see that the release of Civilization 7 is getting to the "overdue" point.
|Game Title||Release Date|
|Civilization 2||February 1996|
|Civilization 3||October 2001|
|Civilization 4||June 2006|
|Civilization 5||November 2010|
|Civilization 6||October 2016|
As you can see, there's roughly a five to six-year gap between releases of mainline Civilization titles. It's been six years since the latest entry, Civilization 6, was released.
Since we don't know when will Civilization 7 (VII) come out officially, our guestimate is that the game won't release for a few years, likely sometime in 2024. It is also important to note that, very likely, we won't hear any news about the game until after the release of Marvel's Midnight Suns on 2nd December 2022.
Civilization 7 News or Announcements?
There has been no official announcement about Civilization 7 yet, and no credible leaks.
However, we know that developer Firaxis has something cooking, and it is likely not XCOM 3.
In November 2021, Firaxis put out some job applications, including one for a Narrative Lead to work on their next AAA strategy game. The reason we think this is Civilization 7 and not XCOM 3 is simple; the Narrative Lead role requires "knowledge and passion for world history," which points a finger directly at a Civilization title.
While it is likely that the game has been in development for at least a year, Civilization fans haven't been left entirely unappeased.
The developer has released two full expansions for Civilization 6 and the New Frontier Pass, so the content does keep flowing.
Civilization 7 Gameplay & Speculation
It is a certainty that Civilization 7 will be a turn-based 4X strategy title, as all previous entries into the franchise. Players will once again be able to conquer the world, one step at a time, and we do expect new leaders and some revamped systems in Civilization 7.
While no official Civilization 7 gameplay has been released just yet, YouTuber JumboPixel, who focuses primarily on 4X strategy games, has released a couple of videos we found interesting, one about the game's possible release date being earlier than expected and one looking at Firaxis's showing at Game Developers Conference 2022, and the future of the franchise.
Civilization 7 release date window discussion.
Firaxis at GDC 2022 Future of Civilization franchise?
We will endeavor to update this article once official information about Civilization 7 becomes available or if any solid leaks occur, so stay tuned.