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PC.IGN has posted the second part of a Civilization III preview after chatting with some of the game's creators at E3. They focus specifically on the trade aspects of the title, which will play a much larger role in this incarnation of the series. Conquest is also discussed, as you will need to power one of sixteen civilizations across time. Other general enhancements are also being made to help the game flow better. Fans of this excellent series should appreciate the improvements. Here's a clip:

The "game is going to be incredibly polished" when it's released. The team has eliminated about two-thirds of all the pop-up messages. No longer will we be plagued by windows popping up constantly during the end of the game. In fact, a lot of the game can be read from the map screen. You can see which terrain squares are being worked from the map itself. You can also see the resulting city radius before you commit your settler to founding a new city. In all the game has a very 3D rendered look reminiscent of Pieter Breugel's Tower of Babel. A new continent generation routine should generate continents that are much more natural looking than the long ribbons that the previous game generated. There will also be "robust editor support" for players who want to design their own maps and scenarios.
Head over and check out both parts of their preview for a nice rounded look at Civilization III. And if you're curious just where the game is now in development, MacSoft's Nate Birkholz was nice enough to give us an update in our forums recently:
We recently announced that we (MacSoft) will be publishing the Mac version of Civ III, Due to the extremely recent signing of this deal, we have no further details at this time, other than that we are currently trying to find a developer for the Mac version. We hope to have a near-simultaneous release, but until we know more about the code and the developer, we cannot promise anything about a release schedule, particularly since Firaxis is still reticent about their intended completion date.


At the moment, the PC version is somewhere in the neighborhood of 60% finished, and actually looks quite good, especially for such an early build.

Civilization III will hopefully be published by MacSoft around the same time as the PC version is completed. We'll bring you more info as it nears release.

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