Civilization V is set to receive another massive expansion pack - Brave New World - on July 12th. Firaxis has approached development with the intention of rounding off the "quintessential Civilization V experience," and that development on next Civilization title will only start when a gameplay designer comes up with "something cool."
"We actually approached Brave New World with the intention of finishing off the quintessential Civilization V experience," Firaxis producer Dennis Shirk told Dealspwn.com at a recent Brave New World preview session. "Like, Beyond The Sword was for Civilization IV. It kinda rounded off the whole thing. There comes a point when you want to draw a line, where Civilization V feels complete. That's what our goal was; whether we've met that goal is unknown and whether we release it and the fans go "well, you know what would be really cool..." and we say "wow, that's actually a really good idea."
"We don't know what's going to come up," Shirk continued. "In terms of long-term plans, we don't really know what's going to happen until a designer comes up with an idea. Like Jon Shafer: he was a scenario designer on Civilization IV, and there wasn't a Civilization V on schedule until he came up with something cool just because he wanted to do it. Sid gave him the thumbs up and we started progressing. That's the great thing about Firaxis, it's all going to be gameplay-driven. If the idea is there, then we progress with something cool. If it's not, we keep going."