They keep the base game cheap enough to consider, knowing all new content is sold in bite-sized $5 DLCs. Every product has a ‘Mixed’ or ‘Mostly Negative’ review for a reason, they’re not worth the cost of it all and people feel they’re being ripped off with all these microtransactions.
Civilization as you remember it died with IV. V ended up decent after years of patches and updates, but VI is a clear shift in pricing structure and the fans aren’t impressed by it. I wouldn’t recommend VI until well into the future (and with a huge sale).
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