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Two Civilization V DLC Packs Hitting October 25

Genghis Kahn and Nebuchadnezzar need your help conquering the world.

2K Games and Firaxis seem to think that Civilization V needs more content--and who are we to argue when the price is cheap and the release is soon? 

Two downloadable content packs are dropping on October 25: the Mongols Civilization and Scenario Pack and the Babylonian Civilization Pack. The Mongols pack is all-new content and it's priced at an agreeable zero dollars. The latter pack actually appeared in the Digital Deluxe Edition of the game as a free-ish perk, but for those of us who didn't bite at the time, 2K Games is asking for $4.99. 
 


According to 2K, the aforementioned Mongols pack "calls for the strongest leaders to ride with Genghis Khan and his Mongol horsemen to establish the largest continuous land empire ever seen." The Babylonian Pack, on the other hand, puts you in the boots of Nebuchadnezzar II as the King of Babylon works to expand his fledgling empire with unique archers (and other, less special troops).   
 
Just a small note, but all PC versions of the game will be receiving this content. Rest easy. You have entire continents to conquer soon, after all.
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Posted by BradNicholson
2K Games and Firaxis seem to think that Civilization V needs more content--and who are we to argue when the price is cheap and the release is soon? 

Two downloadable content packs are dropping on October 25: the Mongols Civilization and Scenario Pack and the Babylonian Civilization Pack. The Mongols pack is all-new content and it's priced at an agreeable zero dollars. The latter pack actually appeared in the Digital Deluxe Edition of the game as a free-ish perk, but for those of us who didn't bite at the time, 2K Games is asking for $4.99. 
 


According to 2K, the aforementioned Mongols pack "calls for the strongest leaders to ride with Genghis Khan and his Mongol horsemen to establish the largest continuous land empire ever seen." The Babylonian Pack, on the other hand, puts you in the boots of Nebuchadnezzar II as the King of Babylon works to expand his fledgling empire with unique archers (and other, less special troops).   
 
Just a small note, but all PC versions of the game will be receiving this content. Rest easy. You have entire continents to conquer soon, after all.
Edited by DrBeardface

Not feelin it.

Posted by ZombiePie

I don't feel great about this.

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Posted by Funkydupe

STRANGER.

Posted by FrenchFriedFool

I think this DLC will hit before I even finish my first game. Why did I pick long game on a massive map again?

Posted by NekuSakuraba

Well I got the Digital Deluxe edition so I guess i'm good? But the first one being free is awesome. 

Posted by MrKlorox

What's wrong with DLC leaders/civs? Especially when one's free and the other was a special edition (digital deluxe or whatever) pack-in? I'm fine with this. 
 
So what are Nebuchadnezzar's civ specialties? And I like Pangaea maps so I'm sure Kahn will come in handy.

Posted by General_D23

Well, I already have Babylon, so the Mongols for free sounds good. Hopefully that next patch comes out beforehand and straightens up some of the issues before I jump back in.

Posted by FreakAche

Ugh. I was really hoping that they wouldn't nickel and dime us with DLC, since in the past they've done expansion packs that always ended up being pretty good deals, but I guess this generation's annoying business practices can't be escaped.

Posted by sickVisionz

Will get the free one.  

Posted by Wuddel

Whats your problem people? New stuff: free. Stuff that has been always paid for: still paid for.

Posted by MaddProdigy
@DrBeardface:
@ZombiePie: 
 
Why would you feel bad about this? Is it too free for you?
Posted by ZombiePie
@MaddProdigy:  I understand why they are doing it and Firaxis has the right to do this but something does not feel right. This is something that normally the mod community would do. I don't know, I guess I want to wait and see where this goes.
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Posted by Krystal_Sackful

Neba is actually pretty fun to play as. His huge science advantage reminds me of playing as Zarkhov in Alpha Centauri.

Posted by masterxell@gmail.com

Not sure how I feel about this. Especially with the price of it. 

Posted by MrKlorox
@ZombiePie said:
" This is something that normally the mod community would do. "
Can they now not?
Edited by ryanwho

Feels like held back content. Im putting this on 2k not Firaxis.

Posted by General_D23
@ZombiePie said:
" @MaddProdigy:  I understand why they are doing it and Firaxis has the right to do this but something does not feel right. This is something that normally the mod community would do. I don't know, I guess I want to wait and see where this goes. "
Well, you know, with mods you aren't going to be getting them voiced or the leader scenes or things like that. Higher quality and all that.
Posted by Turambar
@ZombiePie said:
" @MaddProdigy:  I understand why they are doing it and Firaxis has the right to do this but something does not feel right. This is something that normally the mod community would do. I don't know, I guess I want to wait and see where this goes. "
But the mod community is still doing similar things.  Not to mention for Civ IV, additional civlizations came in the form of expansions, which you also bought.  This isn't anything new and people saying this "feels wrong" are being ridiculous.
Posted by Turambar
@FreakAche said:
" Ugh. I was really hoping that they wouldn't nickel and dime us with DLC, since in the past they've done expansion packs that always ended up being pretty good deals, but I guess this generation's annoying business practices can't be escaped. "
I don't think a free DLC is nickle and diming. 
Posted by Wuddel
@Turambar said:
Not to mention for Civ IV, additional civlizations came in the form of expansions, which you also bought.  This isn't anything new and people saying this "feels wrong" are being ridiculous. "
This.
Posted by SunkenState

They're giving people who didn't purchase the deluxe edition of the game the choice to buy the exclusive civilization that was bundled with it, and adding in a free civilization for everyone. Why are people getting bent out of shape?

Posted by Turambar
@ryanwho said:
" Feels like held back content. Im putting this on 2k not Firaxis. "
The Babylonians were a collectors edition special.  Releasing that as a paid dlc isn't anything new, and has long ceased being something people should be angry at.  The Mongols DLC is free, so unless you want to be given money for it, there is no grounds for complaints there.
Posted by JammyJesus

Free content? Nice. But £3 for one Civ? No thanks. 

Posted by Galiant

Still waiting for some local multiplayer action. I can't believe they didn't put that in from the start...in a turn-based game. 

Posted by jelekeloy

MAn, I really wish I had a competent PC.  I want to take the Mongols to technological victory.

Posted by MrPilkington

Still haven't played this game yet. I know I need to.
Posted by Kohe321
@PainGod89 said:
" Still haven't played this game yet. I know I need to. "
Played 40 hours of it already. You need to play it, seriously...
Posted by Milkman
@FreakAche said:
" Ugh. I was really hoping that they wouldn't nickel and dime us with DLC, since in the past they've done expansion packs that always ended up being pretty good deals, but I guess this generation's annoying business practices can't be escaped. "
Yep, releasing free DLC and then asking people to pay for stuff that was included in the collector's edition is definitely "nickel and dime"-ing us. You realize how stupid it would be to include a civilization in the collector's edition that costs more than the regular edition and then just release that same civilization to everyone for free just a month later. Seriously, think before you write something so outlandishly stupid. 
Posted by EmuLeader

I don't get people complaining about DLC price.  People had to pay a little extra originally to get the babylon one, so it makes perfect sense to charge a little for it.  They are just allowing people who did not buy that version a way to get the content.  The other pack is FREE. It can't get any cheaper than that.  Think before complaining....

Posted by ThatFrood

I'd prefer for the dlc to improve on the gameplay, to be honest. But then again, that's not really what dlc does.
I'll wait for an expansion pack, I don't really need more civilizations if the game will just have the same problems.

Posted by crusader8463

 I hope they can come out with a steady pace of new civilizations and they don't charge ridiculous fees for them. I have about 100 hours into the game and the biggest problem I find is boredom from the different civ's. I want them to play differently but no matter what one I pick I can pretty much win by playing the same way. Playing one guy over another should force me to play differently.

Posted by crusader8463

Also, charging 1/10th of the full games price just for one Civ is insulting.

Posted by Death_Unicorn

I enjoy playing as the mongols, especially when it is free to do so.

Edited by Cday

Yay zero dollars...waaaiit a minute. This better not be the "1st DLC Pack Free" thing Direct2Drive promised people who pre ordered through them. Babylon is one of the best Civs by the way. It isn't just some cobbled together Civ they threw out for 5 bux.

Posted by Bigandtasty

Genghis Khan will now conquer your couch.

Posted by WEGGLES

 
@ryanwho:  It's free, or stuff that wasn't held back... 

Posted by jmrwacko

Paid $10 extra for Nebuchadnezzar, so if I were to buy it afterward I'd be saving money lol.

Posted by moush
@jmrwacko: Except that wasn't all you got.
Posted by jmrwacko

Well since I got the Steam version, it was all I got, unless you're talking about the behind the scenes stuff I could look up on youtube or the soundtrack I could have just extracted from the game files.

Edited by AndrewB

If you don't really care about the art and you're savvy enough to get the soundtrack out of the install files themselves, then this means you could have saved $5 from getting the "digital deluxe" on Steam. That's the only thing I might be the slightest bit miffed about if I had dropped $60 on the game originally. 
 
But even for $5, I'm happy enough with the civilizations that came with the non-preorder, non-"special" edition of the game. With mod support built right into the game, who needs them anyway?

Posted by sins_of_mosin

I sure hope this don't count towards my free DLC from direct2drive's pre-order which was the deluxe so I already got the other civ.

Posted by Scooper

Cool! I'm not one for huge land empires but I do like Khan!

Posted by sloppyjoe

lol @ ppl who don't like free DLC... must be confused console gamers ;)

Posted by ryanwho

Its nice I guess. Just kind of pointless, when Montezuma wins every time regardless of difficulty or number of civs.

Posted by Zurv

yawn... give me non-shitty mulitplayer instead... well... nevermind... i'm already past this game
Posted by Crono

Free my ass - this will only cost you another 12 or so hours of your life!

Posted by Krixok
@crusader8463 said:
" Also, charging 1/10th of the full games price just for one Civ is insulting. "
What? Everyone gets a free Civ. Then the Collector's edition bonus Civ is $5....you are lucky that you can buy it at all. The people who paid for the collector's edition have more of a right to be mad than you.  If they gave the Babylonian pack out for free, i would feel ripped of since i paid for it. But if paying $5 for a $10 Civ is a rip off, please feel free to not buy it, and get a free Civ anyway. And game altering DLC doesn't usually get cheaper than $5. Go complain about MW2 map packs. This is actually a good thing, as most other people would probably agree.
Posted by Undeadpool
@Crono said:
" Free my ass - this will only cost you another 12 or so hours of your life! "
Yes...I weep for my hours ticking away!
Posted by Kyle
@crusader8463 said:
" Also, charging 1/10th of the full games price just for one Civ is insulting. "
totally.
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