Today, the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences announced that the 2016 D.I.C.E. Summit in Las Vegas will have a new format, a new venue...and a huge panel honoring the 25th anniversary of the Civilization franchise. That is a huge milestone for an equally huge game!
Get a look at who’ll be joining the panel:
- Sid Meier, co-founder and director of creative development at Firaxis Games. Over the last three decades he has played an influential role in establishing strategy games as a cornerstone of video gaming, and is often regarded as “The Godfather of Computer Gaming.”
- Brian Reynolds, Chief Creative Officer of Big Huge Games. Reynolds’ videogames have sold more than 6 million copies worldwide, and he has masterminded the design of several smash hits including Civilization II, Alpha Centauri, and Rise of Nations, as well as Settlers of Catan for Xbox360 Live Arcade.
- Soren Johnson is CEO and Design Director of Mohawk Games. Johnson has 15 years of experience developing strategy games as both lead designer and gameplay programmer. While at Firaxis, Soren designed Civilization IV, one of the highest-rated strategy games of all time and was also the co-designer of Civilization III.
- Bruce Shelley, who helped develop the Age of Empires series. While working at MicroProse with Sid Meier, Bruce helped to design the original Sid Meier’s Civilization, alongside fan favorites such as Railroad Tycoon. Shelley will moderate the panel.
As we get closer to DICE 2016 next February, we’ll be sure to share more details here and on the Civilization News blog. In the meantime, head over to the AIAS page with more news on the D.I.C.E. Summit.