Civilization V is coming to the classroom. Publisher Take-Two Interactive announced that a modified version of the historical strategy game Civilization V is in the works, and is expected to be available for high school classes in North America starting next fall. Called CivilizationEDU, the company says that the education-focused version of the game will "provide students with the opportunity to think critically and create historical events, consider and evaluate the geographical ramifications of their economic and technological decisions, and to engage in systems thinking and experiment with the causal / correlative relationships between military, technology, political, and socioeconomic development."
"One of the fun secrets of 'Civilization' is learning while you play."
In order to create the new version of the game, Take-Two and developer Firaxis partnered with a company called GlassLab, which is adding analytics tools to Civ V, so that teachers will be able to keep track of their students' progress. It will also include tools like tutorial videos and lesson plans. GlassLab develops its own education-focused games, but has also partnered with companies like EA to create new, school-appropriate versions of popular franchises like SimCity and Plants vs. Zombies. Other big name games have also made a similar shift: earlier this year Microsoft announced Minecraft: Education Edition, which is currently in beta.
"For the past 25 years, we've found that one of the fun secrets of Civilization is learning while you play," series creator Sid Meier said in a statement. While the new CivilizationEDU won't be available to schools until next fall, 2016 is still an important year for the franchise: the much-anticipated Civilization VI is launching in October.