Firaxis Will Stream an Eight-Way Civilization VI AI Battle on October 19

Firaxis Will Stream an Eight-Way Civilization VI AI Battle on October 19

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If you want to see the outcome of eight AIs duking it out in Civilization VI, Firaxis will stream the match next week.

If you love playing Civilization, or just wish it was a spectator sport, Firaxis has something planned that may interest you. Next week, the developer will team up with publisher 2K to stream what they are calling the "AI Battle Royale." This was announced in the Tweet embedded below.

Starting at 3:30 PM ET on October 19, you'll be able to watch the stream on 2K's Twitch channel. It will feature 8 AI civs battling for supremacy as devs from Firaxis look on and provide commentary. The eight civs that will be participating are the Aztecs, Brazil, England, Greece, Japan, Rome, Russia, and Spain.

What we've seen of Civ VI so far has been promising, as you can see in this preview by our Editor-in-Chief, Josh Vanderwall. It should be fun to watch the various civs beat each other to a bloody pulp, although it just won't be the same without Ghandi in there to chuck some nukes around.

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This is interesting- it shows that Firaxis certainly has faith in the game, and in the AI. I wonder how much we'll actually be able to see in terms of city management, though; an AI would know what everything is and does and just select what it wanted.

What really interests me is this part, though:

ffronw:

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If you want to see the outcome of two AIs duking it out in Civilization VI, Firaxis will stream the match next week.

In connection with this part:

ffronw:

Starting at 3:30 PM ET on October 19, you'll be able to watch the stream on 2K's Twitch channel. It will feature 8 AI civs battling for supremacy as devs from Firaxis look on and provide commentary. The eight civs that will be participating are the Aztecs, Brazil, England, Greece, Japan, Rome, Russia, and Spain.

Which two civs are duking it out, and what will the other six be doing?

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This is interesting- it shows that Firaxis certainly has faith in the game, and in the AI. I wonder how much we'll actually be able to see in terms of city management, though; an AI would know what everything is and does and just select what it wanted.

What really interests me is this part, though:

ffronw:

civ-6-320

If you want to see the outcome of two AIs duking it out in Civilization VI, Firaxis will stream the match next week.

In connection with this part:

ffronw:

Starting at 3:30 PM ET on October 19, you'll be able to watch the stream on 2K's Twitch channel. It will feature 8 AI civs battling for supremacy as devs from Firaxis look on and provide commentary. The eight civs that will be participating are the Aztecs, Brazil, England, Greece, Japan, Rome, Russia, and Spain.

Which two civs are duking it out, and what will the other six be doing?

Yeah, I noticed that too. Maybe by 'duking it out' they mean that two civs will be actively at war or going for a conquest victory while the other civs show off the other victory options?

Recusant:
This is interesting- it shows that Firaxis certainly has faith in the game, and in the AI. I wonder how much we'll actually be able to see in terms of city management, though; an AI would know what everything is and does and just select what it wanted.

What really interests me is this part, though:

ffronw:

civ-6-320

If you want to see the outcome of two AIs duking it out in Civilization VI, Firaxis will stream the match next week.

In connection with this part:

ffronw:

Starting at 3:30 PM ET on October 19, you'll be able to watch the stream on 2K's Twitch channel. It will feature 8 AI civs battling for supremacy as devs from Firaxis look on and provide commentary. The eight civs that will be participating are the Aztecs, Brazil, England, Greece, Japan, Rome, Russia, and Spain.

Which two civs are duking it out, and what will the other six be doing?

They're bringing the beer and pretzels, of course.

The bastards were supposed to be proofreading that post!

Of course it looks promising. BE looked promising, didn't it?

I dunno, i don't really trust either firaxis or 2k at this point. I imagine they will tweak the Ai to oblivion to make it intelligent only to dumb it down on release.

Like they did with the aliens in BE

Recusant:
This is interesting- it shows that Firaxis certainly has faith in the game, and in the AI. I wonder how much we'll actually be able to see in terms of city management, though; an AI would know what everything is and does and just select what it wanted.

A more cynical way of seeing it: they knew that the AI was so dumb that the only way to make it a real challenge would be to have it be challenged by other AIs.

ffronw:

The bastards were supposed to be proofreading that post!

Is there anything preventing you from updating the byline?

ffronw:

Recusant:
This is interesting- it shows that Firaxis certainly has faith in the game, and in the AI. I wonder how much we'll actually be able to see in terms of city management, though; an AI would know what everything is and does and just select what it wanted.

What really interests me is this part, though:

ffronw:

civ-6-320

If you want to see the outcome of two AIs duking it out in Civilization VI, Firaxis will stream the match next week.

In connection with this part:

ffronw:

Starting at 3:30 PM ET on October 19, you'll be able to watch the stream on 2K's Twitch channel. It will feature 8 AI civs battling for supremacy as devs from Firaxis look on and provide commentary. The eight civs that will be participating are the Aztecs, Brazil, England, Greece, Japan, Rome, Russia, and Spain.

Which two civs are duking it out, and what will the other six be doing?

They're bringing the beer and pretzels, of course.

The bastards were supposed to be proofreading that post!

Cmon, you know you can't trust those AI proofreaders. They came from the future to take our menial internet jobs!

Bedinsis:

Recusant:
This is interesting- it shows that Firaxis certainly has faith in the game, and in the AI. I wonder how much we'll actually be able to see in terms of city management, though; an AI would know what everything is and does and just select what it wanted.

A more cynical way of seeing it: they knew that the AI was so dumb that the only way to make it a real challenge would be to have it be challenged by other AIs.

And that'd be shortsighted and probably incorrect; par for the course for cynicism. Firaxis isn't stupid; they know that even the people who liked Civ 5 and Beyond Earth found the AI lacking. The logical thing to do, if they hadn't improved it, would be to have a bunch of staffers, who know the game and know how to make it look its best, play it against each other. If it's still the dumb-as-toast affair from the last two games, putting it out there with no human players to mitigate the damage it might do would be marketing suicide.

 

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