Civilization 6 was announced as the latest free game available to download from Epic Games Store earlier this week, replacing GTA 5 on Thursday afternoon.
For those who have never played a Civ game, its an outstanding strategy sim which whilst available on other consoles is best played with the mouse and keyboard on PC.
Currently, the game has a fantastic score of 88% on Metacritic, which tells you just how highly the game was received by critics.
That was however, at launch and since the game has released several improvements and new add ons to make the game even better.
For those still hazy, here is the games official description:
"Civilization VI offers new ways to interact with your world, expand your empire across the map, advance your culture, and compete against history’s greatest leaders to build a civilization that will stand the test of time.
However, there's just one problem for players who have been downloading the game for free. It seems to be suffering from the same connection problems that GTA did when it was also released for free.
Civilization 6 Multiplayer appears to have taken a hit considerable since going free on Epic Games Store.
In the last few days the Epic Games Support Status website has logged multiple issues related to the game, mainly all focussed on the Epic Games Launcher and online services not working.
There's also countless threads from new players on the games official sub-reddit all more or less complaining of the same issues.
Unfortunately, it seems as though this is simply just something players have to get used to for the next few days.
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Like GTA Online fans before it, multiplayer services took a hit whilst floods of new players attempted to play online with friends.
It's more than likely that this huge surge of new players will level out over the coming days and could get better after next Thursday when the game is no longer free.
But for now, it's highly likely these issues will continue. You're best bet if you're having issues to to take a look at Epic Games Server Status page for regular minute to minute updates.
Although even then, it's unlikely to help you if you do encounter an issue.
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Those looking to keep playing for the months ahead at least can play in the knowledge that 2K are continually updating the game with new content.
Only this week they released the next expansion for the game, the Maya & Gran Colombia Pack.
This new content pack introduces Lady Six Sky as the leader of the Maya and Simón Bolívar as the leader of Gran Colombia.
The Maya can build prosperous city centers early in the game, supported by surrounding Farms and Plantations and protected by their unique Hul’che.
Gran Colombia focuses on fast armies boosted by Simón Bolívar’s powerful Comandante Generals.
The Maya & Gran Colombia Pack is the first of several bimonthly DLCs coming to Civilization VI as part of the Civilization VI – New Frontier Pass , which brings eight new civilizations, nine new leaders, six new game modes and more to the game.
The Civilization VI – New Frontier Pass is priced at £32.99; the Maya & Gran Colombia Pack is available for individual purchase at £7.39.
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