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Android users who are fans of Sid Meier's classic games Pirates! and Civilization now have something to look forward to – it appears hat GREE and 2K Games have teamed up to bring the beloved sim/strategy games to the mobile world.

The companies' statement indicated that the games would be available as "social titles on select global markets," evidently starting with Japan.

“Creating social mobile games based on the  Sid Meier’s Pirates! and  Sid Meier’s Civilization franchises are our way to connect with Japanese fans in a fun and innovative way,” said Fabien Siouffi, Vice President Online and Social at Take-Two Asia.

Christoph Hartmann, President at 2K Games added "Recreating these timeless classics on GREE's fast-growing social platform is a fantastic opportunity for us to bring deep, rich gaming experiences to a new audience." Indeed, the introduction of these titles to smartphone and tablet users not only offers fans of the originals a chance to enjoy the games in a whole new way (new "social features" will be added to the mobile titles), but also opens the classic titles up to an entirely new audience of players.

Not much else is known about this partnership or when exactly we may see these titles reaching Android devices, but we do know that GREE's social platform is headed for global release soon with over 60 titles. It is unclear whether Pirates! and Civilization will be among them, but we'll be here with additional details as they emerge.

Via Droid Gamers, Develop

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Oh hell yes.

  • Ben Fowler

    DO WANT
    A decent civ type RTS is much needed.

    • Phlum

      Civ isn't an RTS.

  • CoZ

    PIRATES!!!!!

  • Richard Cohen

    Oh hell *no*!

    These games do *not* need to be remade as 'social titles' - they are perfectly good standalone games, and I have horrible images of either in-game purchases to 'speed up' buildings, as we see in pretty much all the existing Civ-type games on Android, or having to get your friends to support you to finish wonders - CivVille, anyone?

    Give me a straightforward port with a UI adjusted for a small/touch screen, charge me an up-front fee for it, and *go away*!

    • http://twitter.com/Bateluer Robert Boluyt

       ^This. Nix the social crap and give me a good game. Do it well, and I'll be a real expansion or sequel.

    • Steven Nutt

      Agreed! I read Civ and Pirates coming to Android and went "Yay". Then I read a bit more, up to "social titles" and went "oh well, I'll not be getting these then"...

      I even wouldn't mind an actual remake but please, please, not a "social title".

    • dward2828

      *cough* dosbox ;-)

    • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

      Tbh, I'll try these out. Who knows how 'social' they'll be?

    • Jessbbaby34

      Free civ has been ported to android. Not perfect but good.

    • Mike Marion

      AMEN! a good stand alone port of the original Count me in!

    • http://www.houstonoutdoorrenovations.com/ Mike

      100% agree. With how many times I purchased Pirates! and Pirates! Gold on how many different platforms (it was THAT good of a game), I would have no problem purchasing it again... as long as it's a one-time purchase. $2.99? $4.99? Heck, I don't care if it's $9.99 as long as there are no in-game purchases required or need to irritate my friends to sail to a new port.

  • Brian Haslip

    I've been wanting Pirates to come to Android since I got my first Android phone. Can't wait for this!

  • http://www.nerdshowandtell.com nerdshowandtell.com

    Pirates! is already available for iOS :S - but I guess they gota gimmic it up to get it to Android?
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sid-meiers-pirates!-for-ipad/id438635005?mt=8

  • Corneliu Dascălu

    Weird... I was thinking just this morning why hasn't anyone ported Colonization to Android, knowing there is already a Java open-source port (http://www.freecol.org/). But hey, Civilization! on my tablet! Can't wait.

    • http://www.talltechtales.com/ Mattias

      There's actually a port of Freeciv in the Play Store, as of May 31st (Freeciv Beta). It's pretty unpolished and I haven't had time to actually play it and see how gameplay is but that in itself is an encouraging move. I'd love Colonization too, love that game.

  • Corneliu Dascălu

    Weird... I was thinking just this morning why hasn't anyone ported Colonization to Android, knowing there is already a Java open-source port (http://www.freecol.org/). But hey, Civilization! on my tablet! Can't wait.

  • http://twitter.com/ChibiKaguya Chibi Kaguya

    Why not Railroads too? :c

  • jeffrey evans

    Sid Meier's "Alpha Centauri" is still one of my favorite PC games.  Can't wait to see his work on my tablet.

  • http://www.talltechtales.com/ Mattias

    I'd love to see Pirates and Civilization. The social aspect is a concern to me as well but I think it's unfair to judge a product just based on what we know so far. Let's wait and see what comes out of this...I'm just glad we'll get to see some of these classics on Android.

  • steve

    I would buy these as direct ports with touchscreen controls but not if they were remade to be farmville clones.

  • Anonymous

    I wish they would just port the WP7 Pirates! and make the graphics quality better :D

  • Djkoz1978

    I will not purchase these if they add the terrible "freemium" gaming model. It's just a way for greedy developers to make as much money off of gamers with little to no effort on their part. How much does it cost to make some of these freemium games? For example zombie farm you cannot really advance unless you pay for in app purchases and some of them are asking for like like $200 for in app purchases! Yeah that's what I'm gong to do pay $200 instead of I don't know spend $60 go get a game like God of War Ascension or Assassins Creed 3. Or better yet buy an actual gaming system. Ridiculous, they should have you pay a flat rate and let you enjoy the game as is. Then there's the my characters or avatars better because I spent money to make him better not because I'm skilled but because I blew money to make my character/avatar better. Hopefully most people will start voting with their wallets dint make in app purchases only get games that have a flat rate I don't care how good it is. Unfortunately people are foolish and spend money to buy a $8 virtual Cactus because it makes there farm look good like in farmville.

  • Thomas Kim

    you know what i would pay for is an hd remake of this game

  • Trizzey

    How can i get alpha centauri on my android tablet?

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