What happens when two publishers work together? You get social games. GREE and 2K Games have announced a new partnership that will see the release of at least two new social, and presumably free-to-play, twists on Sid Meier's Civilization and Sid Meier's Pirates in "select global social gaming markets," and more specifically, Japan.

This new Civilization is described, foremost, as a social empire-building game that'll have the usual Civilization stuff: diplomacy, famous leaders, technology races, and a touch of war if you're the killing type.

The new Pirates game, Pirates Legends, is also being described as a pretty faithful take on the existing franchise, as it'll have you sailing around the high seas in a quest to become the world's most notorious pirate. The word "social" has been floated, but as with Civilization, there's no hard information on what sort of mechanics will be implemented on this front.

It'll be interesting to see if these games can take off with GREE's injection of social hooks and free-to-play mechanics. Civilization is probably better suited, since a lot of its action is timer-based. We guess Pirates will roll out with a new economy for bullets and bombs, but that's just our speculation.

Regardless, both of these games have already seen specialized platform-specific releases on the App Store, and they're both pretty good. You have to wonder if GREE is going to be able to make them better.

  • taragon99

    Yea the word social makes me cringe.  I used to think of hanging out with my friends now I think of IAP and people trying to steal all my personal data.

  • Jensen_G

    I tried the beta of Civilization World (the social version of Civ for Facebook) and, for someone who is a long-time fan of traditional Civilization games, it was horrendous. It totally bastardized Civ into a freemium time-waster. Why don't they put the full version of civ on iOS? Civ Revolution was a great start!

  • http://profiles.google.com/fleshman1992 Laszlo Tuss

    I was spend hours and hours at night to play Civilizations Revolution, and it was amazing, like a drug.
    And now, they announced a freemium crap of this beautiful bundle  :(
    I just disappointed.... VERY disappointed

  • JCat_NY

    Two industry terms  that turn me off: "Social" & "Core Gamer".   Do we constantly need to be connected"? 

  • vesp67

    Are they still planning to make a social civ? It's been a while since this was announces