"2K Greg" Laabs of 2K Games has announced a hotfix for Civilization V on the 2K Forums. The fix will arrive today and fix "a few issues with the most recent major patch."
The patch includes a fix for various rare crashes, a modding fix and a couple of gameplay changes.
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Jon Shafer, Lead Designer of Civilization V has left Firaxis. Jon joined Firaxis in 2005 after being a Civ Fan and Civ Modder before. Jon has always been a respected member of Apolyton where he was involved among many other things in Civ3 demogames. Jon Shafer worked on Civilization IV, when Soren Johnsen was the lead designer. For Civilization V Shafer became the lead himself.
According to the Escapist Jon left Firaxis himself and was not let go by the company. "It appears that the departure is amicable to both sides as Shafer made sure to say that he left willingly and was not fired or pushed out."
Jon Shafer's response is quoted on Flash of Steel saying: "I very much enjoyed my time Firaxis, worked on many projects that I’ve very proud of and got to know a lot of amazing people. I’m appreciative of the opportunities provided by Firaxis and 2K, and hope to see (and play) more great games from them in the future."
Firaxis games comment on this same website: "We are grateful for Jon’s contributions to Firaxis and the Civilization franchise and wish him all the best in the future."
It is unknown what the future for the still young developer holds. Neither is it known what the impact will be on Civilization V and future patches or DLC. Apolyton hopes that Jon will not be lost for the Civ community! We wish you all the best for the rest of your career Jon!!
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Civilization V has been out for quite some time now. It has received mixed reactions from the Civ-fanbase. On Apolyton about half of those who bought the game, have already put it aside. On CivFanatics about 1 out of 3 players rate the game lower then 6/10 while approximately the same number rates it higher then an 8/10. On WePlayCiv veteran civ players claim to 'lose interest' in Civ5 already, while others at the same time enjoy it a lot....
Firaxis is now looking for a Multiplayer Programmer. Not for new systems, but to "[m]aintain, improve and/or refactor existing systems" and "[s]upport existing matchmaking systems". Good news for Civilization V!? Since it's release Civ5 has suffered from many issues in multiplayer games. So far Firaxis and 2K Games have promised to look at these issues in the future, but not in the patches that are currently in development. This future may start as soon as this new programmer has been found.