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Friday, June 29, 2001

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Civilization III Interview
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A new interview at FGOnline talks with president and CEO of Firaxis Games Jeff Briggs and his upcoming title Civilization III. This third title in the massively popular strategy series has been underway for two years and it now in testing. Firaxis hopes to have it completed this fall, and a Mac version should be published by MacSoft soon after the PC. The Q&A discusses what makes Civilization so popular, the challenges of making a succesful sequel, and the features found only in Civ III. Here's an excerpt:

FGN Online: What feature of this version are you most proud of personally?

Jeff Briggs: It's hard to say that one feature is better than another. The thing I’m most pleased with is how the new systems – Trade, Culture, Nationalities, and diplomacy all fit together and integrate into the old system. But if I had to choose just one, it's the diplomacy.

FGN Online: Why?

Jeff Briggs: We've kept the conversational interface from Civ II and added a "bargaining table" that can be used to conduct detailed negotiations with history’s great leaders (whose expressions change depending on the types of deals you try to broker with them!). Everything is available for trade including treaties, gold, goods, technologies, cities, units, world maps, communication with other civilizations, etc. Players will be able to mix-and-match deals without any restrictions.

Have a read through the rest of the chat at FGOnline if you're interested, and stay tuned for more info on Civ III from IMG as the game heads towards completion later this year.

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