Civilization VI Launches for Free on iPad, but Costs $60 to Unlock

Sid Meier’s Civilization 6  land and water

Sid Meier's Civilization VI is now officially available on the Apple iPad.

Civilization VI for iOS will regularly sell for $60, but to celebrate the launch, Aspyr is offering it for half price.

Interestingly, Twitter users have also pointed out that the game supports mods using iTunes File Sharing, meaning that players will be able to get various custom additions to the game up and running sooner or later. But the requirements are hefty: Civilization VI requires iOS 11 on an iPad Air 2, iPad 2017, or any iPad Pro.

Civilization's developer, however, has put the game on sale for 50% off until January 4, 2018. That sounds apocalyptic for an iPad game, but since it's essentially the exact same product as you'd get on PC for that price, tha'ts.OK?

Civilization VI's first expansion pack, Rise and Fall, is scheduled to release on PC February 18, 2017. For comparison's sake, 2K charged $19.99 at launch for the iOS port of XCOM: Enemy Unknown back in 2013. The game's interface has been reworked from the ground up to work with touch controls. You tap and drag units to move them, and keyboard shortcuts are supported with the smart keyboard. It has the same maps, same leaders, same combat and same features.

The game itself is a long-time PC gaming staple, and the port to Apple's iPad is surprisingd. Aspyr's FAQ points out one difference: The iPad version's multiplayer modes work only on a local network "as of this point". The price Aspyr Media and 2K Games are asking for, on the other hand, likely won't be very exciting.

A handful of compromises have been made, of course.

If you do decide that Civ VI on iPad is worth the money, it looks like you'll be getting the same game that's available on PC and Mac. It is the base game that is available without any DLC.

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