Firaxis has officially announced that the next mainline game in its Sid Meier’s Civilization series is in development.
Ed Beach, franchise lead designer for Civilization VI, will continue in his role as creative director on the new game.
The next entry in the turn-based strategy series was confirmed alongside the announcement of a major shake-up at the 2K Games studio, which will see XCOM director Jake Solomon and studio head Steve Martin leave the company.
Martin is set to be replaced by Firaxis chief operating officer Heather Hazen.
“I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to carry on the studio’s storied legacy, beginning with the announcement that Firaxis is in development on the next iteration of the legendary Civilization franchise,” said Hazen.
“I’m lucky to be working with some of the best developers in our industry, and we have plans to take the Civilization franchise to exciting new heights for our millions of players around the world.”
The Civilization franchise has sold more than 65 million copies since it launched in 1991, according to 2K. Civilization VI was released in 2016 and is the best-selling series entry to date.
Firaxis also said it plans to continue supporting the recently released Marvel’s Midnight Suns with post-launch content, and will “explore new creative projects” for its teams too.