Civilization 6 Coming to Nintendo Switch

Free time everywhere is about to be destroyed by the Switch version of Civilization 6.

The incredibly addictive Civilization VI is coming to Nintendo Switch.

Staring on November 16, you’ll be able to download the latest entry in Sid Meir’s global strategy series. As a nice bonus, the Switch version of the game will include the Vikings, Poland, Australia, and Persia/Macedon content that was added to the PC version of the game after its initial release. That’s quite the deal, especially when you consider that Civilization on Switch is a big enough deal in its own right. 

Switch owners will also be able to access cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes that will allow up to four players to get in on the action. Of course, “action” in this instance means slowly growing your Civilization turn by turn as you prepare to eventually remove your enemies from the map (or at least chip away at their power). 

Initial reports suggest that the reason behind this announcement’s somewhat surprising and fairly low key reveal is that the Switch version of Civ VI was supposedly supposed to be part of the Nintendo Direct showcase that was postponed due to the devastating earthquake that rocked Japan. That’s also probably why Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition for Switch was announced so suddenly. 

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The idea of taking a proper version of Civilization with you wherever you go is certainly appealing, but it must be said that Civilization VI remains a somewhat controversial entry into the long-running franchise. Some of the game’s new features and gameplay tweaks haven’t exactly received a warm welcome. The same can be said of Civilization V‘s initial release, but that game eventually won fans over through some excellent DLC expansions that greatly improved the base game. Civ VI‘s expansions haven’t had that impact so far. 

Sill, Civilization VI is a well-made game that sports the same addictive base gameplay that has inspired people to say “one more turn” for hundreds of hours. 

Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014