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Civilization IV: Beyond The Sword Q&A
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Play.tm has posted an interview with Firaxis Games' Alex Mantzaris about Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword, the upcoming expansion for the popular turn based strategy title. The expansion will focus on increasing the play value of the late game after the introduction of gunpowder. A variety of new scenarios, units, leaders, and gameplay improvements will be available for players to enjoy.

The introduction of religion was one of the most splendid features of Civ IV. Corporation sounds equally intriguing. Can you elaborate on how this will function and what benefits (and drawbacks) this will entail for players?

Corporations represent commercial entities, each consuming specific resources in order to provide benefits to their city. The more instances of resources they consume, the more food, production, commerce, or resources they supply. The downside is that any city hosting a corporation has to pay a maintenance fee for its services. It really pays to have the headquarters of a corporation, since the founding city gets royalty income for each city in the world hosting a branch of that corporation. Players can block foreign corporations from operating in their cities by adopting the Mercantilism civic, and they block all corporations (even their own) by adopting the State Property civic.
There is no word yet on the possibility of a Mac version of the expansion.

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