What you need to know

  • Civilization VI received a new, free multiplayer game mode this week.
  • Called Red Death, the game mode allows up to 12 players to compete for the last ship off of a post-apocalyptic hellscape.
  • Red Death is available for free now to all Civilization VI players. Civilization VI is available for $28 at Amazon.

The Battle Royale genre is mainly known for its shooters, but Civilization VI is jumping on board with its latest multiplayer game mode, Red Death. Available for free, the multiplayer mode pits up to 12 players against one another in an absurd post-apocalyptic race to be the last faction alive.

In Red Death, players choose from eight factions, each with their own distinct advantages. And they're definitely out there. Check out the trailer below:

The game mode was developed by Firaxis multiplayer engineering lead Bradley Olson as an April Fools joke for the Civilization VI team. After organizing a play session, Firaxis says, the team started rapidly iterating on the design, expanding units, coming up with a whole new art style to fit the post-apocalyptic setting.

Master strategy

Civilization VI

Civilization VI is the latest in the long-running, landmark strategy series. The goal is to build your empire through major periods of history, using diplomacy, research, and tools of war to conquer as much territory as possible.

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