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Have you ever played Civilization 6 and thought to yourself, this is great, but I really wish it looked a little... older? If the answer to that question is yes for some reason, Civ 6 art director Brian Busatti has come up with just the thing: A Civ 5 "Environment Skin" mod that's now available through the Steam Workshop.
The mod "changes the visuals of the game to better match the colors and tones" of Civ 5, with changes to texture details, a more neutral color palette for buildings and units, and other changes.
"I was challenged by the team to create an expansive mod using Mod Buddy, and this was the end result," Busatti wrote. "It's an example of how much you can change the visuals and I hope it provides inspiration to try your own modifications."
The mod is compatible with all releases of Civilization 6, including the recent Gathering Storm, and will not cause any problems with saved games. Performance should also be unaffected. "The deciduous trees have a smaller vertex count, but they are more numerous. It should all balance out," Busatti explained in the comments. "I tried to keep it close to the specs of the original game so it would not slow anyone down. It's also why there are fewer trees if your graphics settings are lower."
The response to the mod seems very positive so far, and while it might seem a little odd that so many people want their new game to look more like their old one, it fits the pattern. More than a year ago we dug into why Civilization 5, which came out in 2010, was still more popular than Civilization 6, which arrived in 2016, and that situation hasn't changed as much as you might expect since then: Civ 6 got a big concurrent player boost in February with the release of Gathering Storm but is quickly settling back to its pre-February numbers, according to Steam Charts, while Civ 5 just keeps chugging along.
I love Civilization 6, but sometimes I pine for the art style of its equally wonderful predecessor, Civilization 5. Civilization 6's cartoony vibe is all well and good, but when you've got an entire civilisation's worth of people resting on your every decision, a serious look is sometimes required.
Thankfully, there's a mod for that - and this one's from a developer at Firaxis.
The Environment Skin: Sid Meier's Civilization 5 mod for Civilization 6, by the game's art director Brian Busatti, changes the visuals of the game to better match the colours and tones of Civ 5.
Ah, 2010! Lady Gaga and Beyonc were tearing up the dancefloor with Telephone, Inception was fuelling one million drunk ‘philosophical’ conversations, Jackass had gone 3D, and Civilization V had yet to reach that point in every Civ game’s lifespan where it’s declared superior to its successor. If you wish to party like it’s 2010, you might enjoy a new Civilization VI mod made by actual Civ 6 art director Brian Busatti. It aims to make Civ 6’s landscape, buildings, and units look more like Civ 5, less vibrant and more ‘realistic’. Yeah, but like, what if we’re still dreaming we’re playing Civ – does the game ever stop or will “one more turn” keep going forever? Makes you think, maaan.
In the middle of a tense Civ 6 barbarian battle but really need the loo? Well, now you can take your game with you, as 2K has implemented a cross-platform cloud system allowing players to transfer their saves between Switch and Steam.
This essentially means players can instantly close down a game on one device, boot up the other, and continue playing the same game. To do this you'll simply need to link your 2K account and select "multi-platform cloud save" in the in-game options.
It's a pretty neat idea, with the only catch being Civ 6 on Switch does not yet have either of the two expansions released so far for the PC version. Vanilla only saves for now, I guess.
The future is finally here. Our jetpacks only work in the water and our hoverboards are crap, but at least we can now save a game of Civilization 6 on PC and then continue it on the loo, bus or wherever else we don't normally find PCs, all thanks to the Switch and the new cross-platform cloud saves.
Civ is one of the few games I haven't bought a second copy of on Switch. Into the Breach, Enter the Gungeon, Minit, Stardew Valley and more sit on both my PC and console, and I have no regrets. I don't even need the excuse of cross-platform cloud saves, which aren't yet standard, but it makes a second purchase even more tempting.
There are caveats, however, as the Switch version doesn't yet have the expansions, so you'll be stuck with the base game. This does reduce its usefulness, unfortunately, and the expansions add so much that you really wouldn't want to give them up just for a bit of portability. The good news is that the expansions will eventually appear on the console. Well, it's good news if you have the willpower to take the occasional break. Unfortunately, I don't, so expect to find my corpse on the toilet, clutching my Switch.
Sign up for a 2K account and you can use cross-platform cloud saves now.
It’s a little harder to kill the planet in Sid Meier’s Civilization VI: Gathering Storm today, but it’ll kill you back twice as hard after today’s major update. In today’s Antarctic Late Summer update, Firaxis have heavily revised how fast climate change sets in, but greatly increased the damage it can do to the planet if you let it escalate too far. For those who want to see the world burn without having to spend any fossil fuels on it, there’s also a world creation slider that lets you increase the frequency of disasters, just for funsies. You can see the full patch notes here, and a video summary below.
John had the presence of mind to take today off, after flying back from San Francisco on Sunday. Young Matt and I got a red eye that took off on Friday night and landed on Saturday afternoon. I didn t sleep for 30 hours, then slept for 12, was wired for the next 16, and then slept for another four. Which brings us to today, when I am writing these charts, unsure which meal I should be having next and shaking off a lingering dose of The Fear, which I get from long haul flying more than I ever did from hangovers.
With that in mind, it s me, back once again with the ill behaviour, to fill in doing the Steam Charts. I m very much flying by the seat of my pants here, so let s see what I come up with, shall we?