Back in January of 2015, a Reddit user by the name of TPangolin harnessed the destructive power of Civilization V’s artificial intelligence to generate entertainment for us silly humans. The 42 Civilization Battle Royale lasted three full months before showing signs of fatigue; first Japan’s 239th turn crashed the game and corrupted the save file TPangolin was using. Then, at around turn 298, things broke again – and this time there was no saving the save. However, TPangolin has made improvements to the system and is back with a whopping 61 Civs in a brand new Battle Royale.
“People love to assign sentimentality and personalities to these AIs,” TPangolin said in an interview with Rock, Paper, Shotgun back in February – and I have to admit, I’m definitely one of those people. I find myself bristling at the Battle Royale Mk. II power rankings (c’mon, you have to have Rome higher up on that list!), already leaning towards certain Civs as personal favorites, and it is all sort of silly. However, there is something oddly entertaining about watching a game’s AI break down and break out in weird ways.
Take, for instance, the Ashanti civilization in Mk. II. For some reason, they have sent a worker unit on a long exploration trip, around the west coast of Africa. In the south of Africa, the Boer civilization is mercilessly expanding, while in eastern Asia the Korean civilization is, well, lagging behind precipitously. England looks well set up to be crushed between the Irish (whose second city, Cork, was founded in northern England) and the French (particularly since the English decided it would be a good idea to form York in Normandy).
Texas is rambunctiously settling quite close to Mexico City and even Canada is getting in on the passive aggressive movement by encroaching swiftly on the US. With 61 civilizations on the map, it can be a little intimidating trying to make your way through the entire Part 1 update on Imgur. Thankfully, the Battle Royale community stepped up to the plate and released a Google-like map of the world.
No wars have yet started, but they are coming – all around the globe. Stellar Relic is standing by to bring you updates as they occur.
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