Aspyr Plans Civilization IV: Colonization For Holiday Release

Aspyr Media this week announced that it will bring Civilization IV: Colonization to the Mac this holiday season. Rather than an expansion pack to the popular strategy game created by Sid Meier, Colonization is a standalone remake of the game he released in 1994.

Players assume control of one of four European nations -- Spain, England, France, or the Netherlands -- as they explore and colonize the New World between the years 1492 and 1792. Players negotiate, trade, and fight with other nations, ultimately striving to win independence from their mother land -- success in becoming a free nation is the sole victory condition.

Developer Firaxis create a new interface for the game and built in multiplayer capabilities via the Internet and a LAN. An enhanced tutorial was designed to help both long-time and new Civilization players learn the gameplay basics.

Aspyr did not release pricing nor system requirements. The publisher has not placed a Civilization IV: Colonization page on its web site yet either.