Civilization 3 multiplayer transfers to Steam

Good guy Firaxis.

Firaxis has continued to support its 13-year-old strategy game Civilization 3 with the release of a new update that makes multiplayer work through Steam.


The update that replaces GameSpy with Steam for multiplayer is out now, Firaxis revealed.

This all relates to the Steam version of Civilization 3, which launched in October 2001. But if you own a physical disc version, get in touch with 2K Support and they should sort you out.

Here's the developer's message:

The update that replaces GameSpy with Steam for multiplayer functionality is now available via Steam. The game functions identically to the previous GameSpy version with the exception that the "Direct IP" option has been removed as it is no longer supported. Save game data should not be negatively affected. If you own a physical disc version of Civilization III and are interested in receiving this multiplayer update, please submit a support request.

GameSpy's servers shut down last year, and since then some, but not all, games affected have transferred their multiplayer over to Steam.

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