Firaxis has introduced that the “next iteration” of Civilization is in growth, following a significant reshuffle on the studio.
Today (February 17), Firaxis introduced that its chief working officer, Heather Hazen, has been promoted to studio head.
In a press release, Hazen shared that she is “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.”
“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,” continued Hazen, who added that Firaxis will “continue to support Marvel’s Midnight Suns with post-launch content, and explore new creative projects for our teams.”
Hazen’s feedback are the primary official affirmation from Firaxis that the subsequent Civilization recreation is within the works. The studio’s final mainline entry was Civilization 6 in 2016, which was a follow-up to 2010’s Civilization 5.
“We are excited to welcome Heather Hazen as the new studio head of Firaxis Games, and believe she will continue to drive the success Firaxis has consistently delivered as part of 2K’s independent studio model,” stated David Ismailer, president of 2K. “Firaxis is one of our company and industry’s most renowned studios, and we are confident that the team will continue to do great things under her leadership.”
The affirmation comes as Jake Solomon, the inventive director behind Marvel’s Midnight Suns and XCOM, introduced that he was leaving Firaxis to chase a “new dream”.
Announcing the information, Solomon thanked Civilization creator Sid Meier for mentoring him at Firaxis, claiming “if I’m ever half as good as him I’ll be twice as good as I am now.”