The upcoming Civilization: Revolution has been given a first look by GameSpot reporting from the first year of the restructured and invitation-only E3. The gaming network's Brian Ekberg reports that [i]f you've never played a Civilization game before, Sid Meier's next effort might be the game for you. Further:

Firaxis [Games] developers made a point to tell us that you can switch strategies should one tactic not be to your liking, in order to find the best path to victory and deal with the game's challenging artificial intelligence. In one humorous moment during the demo, the Roman forces, attacking a seemingly helpless Egyptian city with a catapult, were met with stiff resistance from wave after wave of Egyptian soldiers; developers said they hadn't yet encountered this much resistance despite playing the scenario many times before.
In addition to a vigorous single-player campaign, [CivRev] will feature some robust multiplayer options including ranked games for up to four players (including four-player free for all, 1-on-1 duels, or 2-on-2 team matches), as well as leaderboards and support for video chat.
Next spring CivRev will be released on the Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3 and Xbox360. It will come to the Nintendo Wii that fall.

Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution is currently due for release in spring 2008 on the PS3, Xbox360, and DS, and will arrive on the Nintendo Wii in the fall of 2008. Stay tuned for much more on this game in the coming months.