It's not the Civilization Revolution 2 that we want, but it's the Civilization Revolution 2 that we deserve. Today 2K Games announced that the sequel to the DS strategy game is in development, well into development in fact, but that at first the game will be an iOS exclusive. Ahh, a strategy game designed with mobile as its leading platform. This is going to be grand. Bring on the microtransactions. Civ Rev 2 hits iOS on July 2, but has also been announced for Android at a later date.
To be fair, Civilization Revolution was well received due to its faster pace and simple concept. It was well-tuned for handheld consoles and translated well as a digital title on the big consoles too. Inevitably it reached mobile devices as well and yet again found success. Perhaps too much success. Given publishers love of turning bigger franchises into mobile games these days, Civilization Revolution 2 on mobile makes sense. Unfortunately.
While I'd love to give the benefit of the doubt to Civilization Revolution 2, after all it is still a Civilization title and 2K Games hasn't really dont the brand wrong in any significant way as of yet, it would be naive not be wary. Mobile ports or sequels are typically stripped of main features, turned into monstrosities designed to devour players' time and money. Look to Civilization Revolution's initial price, because those three little words should be terrifying: "free to play." Price has, fortunately, been left unconfirmed just yet.
Civilization Revolution 2 is planned for release on July 2 for iOS and then Android at a further date.. The 16 historical figure leaders of the original game will be returning, as well as the combat that made the first game a success. We'll see how it comes together though. We'll see.