Civilization VI: The Ultimate Buyer's Guide

Civilization VI
Civilization VI (Image credit: 2K Games)

Civilization VI is just around the corner for strategy game fans, but there are a few different versions of the game available for purchase — and the question of if your current rig will be able to handle the new game.

2K is set to release Civilization VI on October 21, it will be available through a number of partnered retailers and platforms. Interestingly, the only content bonus you get by pre-ordering is early access to one of the playable civilizations.

Release date

Civilization VI is going to be available for purchase on Friday, October 21. This is slated to be a worldwide release and thus you shouldn't see a delayed launch in regions like Europe. Pre-orders are already available, and you can provide 2K with your hard-earned cash for all upcoming editions, depending on which you prefer the look of.

Pre-order bonuses

Thankfully, Firaxis Games and 2K Games have refrained from locking content to pre-orders. So why pre-order? Aside from reserving your copy for launch day, pre-ordering Civilization VI will unlock access to the Aztec civilization, which will be disabled for everyone else for a total of 90 days. After this exclusive pre-order period is up all who purchased the game will gain access to the Aztecs.

Can you run it?

Interested to learn whether or not you'll be able to run Civilization VI? 2K Games and Firaxis Games have confirmed the specifications you'll need to boot up the game and enjoy a stable experience.


  • Intel Core i3 2.5GHz / AMD Phenom II 2.6GHz
  • 4GB RAM
  • 1GB DirectX 11 GPU
  • NVIDIA 450 / AMD Radeon 5570
  • 4th-gen Intel i5 2.5GHz / AMD FX 8350 4.0GHz
  • 8GB RAM
  • 2GB DirectX 11 GPU
  • NVIDIA 770 / AMD Radeon 7970

Game versions

Civilization VI

Standard Edition (Physical)

The standard edition is the base copy of Civilization VI and will bag you access to all content in the game. This physical copy sees the game available on disc and can be loaded onto your PC after inserting the medium into a supported drive. It'll be stocked by a majority of participating retailers.

Pre-order the standard edition of Civilization from the retailers below:

Civilization VI

Standard Edition (Digital)

Discs are so yesterday, and if you'd rather go for a digital copy of Civilization VI, You can get codes from a number of retailers, both online and in brick and mortar stores.

Utilize the power of your connection and download the game from the following stores:

Civilization VI

Digital Deluxe Edition (Digital Only)

The digital deluxe version of Civilization VI contains not only the full base game, but also the 25th Anniversary Digital Soundtrack, as well as access to four post-launch DLC packs that will add new maps, scenarios, civilizations and leaders. If you plan on purchasing the optional content down the road, think of this like an included season pass.

You can pre-order the digital deluxe edition using the links below:

Civilization VI

25th Anniversary Edition (Physical Only)

Should you be a massive fan of the Civilization series of titles, you'll definitely need to consider this special 25th anniversary edition. As well as sporting all the contents of the deluxe edition, this pricey option comes with a Civilization Through the Years 100-Page Hardcover Art Book and exclusive 25th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Set with Display Case.

Hit the store listings below to order the 25th anniversary edition:

Skipping your turn?

We're intrigued to learn which edition you'll be forking out for as a pre-order. Should you not be reserving a copy ahead of the launch date

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  • This reminds me I have Civ 5 and really need to actually try it out some time. Loved the old school games. CivNet came with my first PC around 1996 lol
  • Reminiscing of that reminds me of a few years later playing Rainbow Six and Rogue Spear over 56k haha. PC tactical shooters were damn good back then. Really want this with modern graphics, gun models etc. Some other Rainbow Six games are good, and I get a lot of people don't want the slow pace anymore but it was really fun! Love the classic Ghost Recon games too (Also enjoy the modern ones in different ways)
  • I remember playing the first Rainbow 6 on my crappy Gateway PC with a 350MHZ pentium 2 and intergrated video card (maybe 8MB). Talk about something barely playable with skipped frames!
  • I was hoping to see it listed in the Windows Store, even if it was just a port using Project Centennial.
  • It won't be anytime soon.
  • That would be awesome. Even if it doesn't happen, maybe they can port the Xbox version over. That wasn't a bad game at all for a console version, although it was kind of limited.
  • I wouldnt be surprised if down the road they made a UWP app for it Civ5 had a touch interface for touchscreen tablets. I hope Civ6 does too and maybe a skin for controller support. That would be cool :)
  • The deluxe is NOT a season pass. It will give access to a few of the smaller dlc, but not all. It will not give you access to any of the expansions either. Nothing season passy about it.
  • I'm a huge fan of the AOE franchise, but not heard of this yet. How is it different?
  • It's completely different. This is a 4X turn based strategy game. Requires a lot more thought and planning than just pressing buttons as fast as you can like in RTS games.
  • Agreed, and one of the best parts about it is that your civilization doesn't have to be based off of combat to win.
  • absolutely, I don't think I've had a conquest win in years. I've done space race victories. Still don't have a diety win with that in Civ 5 though. only on Immortal.
  • I've had many deity wins on civ v, on each expansion. It doesn't however, require more thought than RTS games, just different thought.
  • Well that depends on the RTS game played, but yeah you are probably right for the most part.
  • I still haven't decided if I'll buy in at launch. I passed on BE due to mixed reviews, but I liked Civ V a lot. I still need to get a new setup for my desktop before I consider this, though. I might hold off and let their expansions come out, then buy a "complete edition," like I did with V.
  • Pre-ordered the Anniversary Edition. I'm relying on Firaxis to provide the 'Disable Cartoony/Enable Realistic' graphics settings option upon release in the Day One Patch(tm)
  • The style choice was done for a reason. To expect Firaxis to tell the Art department they need to double down on their work is an unrealistic expectation.
  • I've already preordered my copy of the 25th anniversary edition ^^! I Just love this series, I've played every version extensively since Civ II. It has been and still is a major part of my life!
  • Note that deluxe is $79.99, not 69.99 as shown in article.
    Also of interest, YouTubers "FilthyRobot" and "Marbozir" have obtained early access and have an overwhelming amount of gameplay videos published.
    Now I just need to know how strict the minimum req's are. Civ V runs fine on Surface Pro2. Fingers crossed for some post-release testing.
  • Add Quill18 to the list of people who are helping Firaxis with their marketing on YouTube.
  • Greenman Gaming has already listed two sales on this game, 20-25% off, with steam key delivery via email on release day. My pre-order was put in on the announcement day. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • The deluxe digital version is $79.99 on steam and Amazon, not $69.99