Upcoming play-to-earn 4X strategy game Civitas, being developed by Directive Games has recently raised $20 million in their recent round of investments. With Civitas, Directive Games aims to develop the first 4X strategy game that uses blockchain technology.
Civitas will be a play-to-earn, 4X (Explore, Expand, Exploit, Exterminate) strategy and city-building game that aims to be community-driven and collaborative. The game itself is run and owned by a decentralized autonomous organization or a subDAO and players who join the game earn a stake in the DAO and the game.
Civitas will be different than most 4X strategy games in that instead of controlling a race or civilization, you start off as an individual with a stake in the city. You can choose to collaborate with other players to build up the city or compete with them for dominance. The game itself is inspired by some great computer games and board games such as Sid Meier’s Civilization and the widely-popular game Settlers of Catan.
Players reportedly will be able to control a piece of land from the city they committed to. You will have free reign on what to do with that piece of land to customize to your wants and needs. You can build structures, gather resources, produce items, and basically anything that will help in the production and development of your city. As you develop and build you can start earning CITI which will be the in-game token used by Civitas.
The game will allow players to compete or collaborate with others like most of the other games of its kind. You can even form alliances and battle players from other cities. There are finite resources in the game so you will really need to combine forces and battle it out if you want your city and nation to thrive.
Because the game runs on a subDAO, the game is self-governing and allows players to dictate the direction their cities will develop towards in matters of governance, strengths and capabilities, and even in matters of religion. You can truly feel like a feudal lord or a king of a city-state in this game.
Civitas can also be brought to the IRL world through Augmented Reality (AR) and geolocation technology to go on adventures, play mini-games, search for treasure, and many more activities. This makes it the first blockchain game that will allow for both in-game and IRL experiences.
Funding for the Civitas was primarily led by Delphi Capital and Three Arrows Capital with participation from Framework, DeFiance, Bitkraft, and Sfermion. Strategic Partners for the development of the game include CCP Games, the creators of EVE Online, as well as YGG and Merit Circle which are two of the largest guilds in EVE.
Directive Games is also composed of a number of industry veterans that have worked in companies such as CCP Games, Weta Digital, LucasArts, Square Enix, DICE, Tencent, and Ubisoft. As some of you may know, Square Enix themselves has already expressed their intent to explore NFTs while Ubisoft has already launched it on one of their games.
Civitas is slated to be launched by the first quarter of 2023 for a beta release and a public release sometime later.
Civitas seems on track to be one of the more unique P2E games with gameplay that might actually be interesting which were always on the lookout for. It’s also been a big week for funding with Axie Infinity securing 150M USD to help combat the catastrophic Ronin Hack