The Wonders of the World are a big part of the Civilization franchise. In the game, the Wonders allow you to get certain advances, or sometimes units, to help grow you nation/kingdom/empire. In Civilization IV, these Wonders were given a video to show off their being built. But they didn’t return for Civ V.
In an interview with IGN, Brian Busatti noted how Civilization VI will have these videos, and that the team at Firaxis once again worked hard to make them special:
“We had those pre-rended Wonder movies that show a sort of time-lapse photography sunrise to sunset. Everybody really liked those, and we got a lot of comments that they missed those as a reward for building Wonders,” he recalls. “So now we’re doing those in-game. Wonders actually have very intricate build sequences, so as you’re building Wonders over time you can see a certain percentage that’s done by looking at them massing. But when you’re done you’re rewarded by this movie – actually, the time of day in the world changes. So it goes from night to sunrise, so you see all the bricks building up in place until you get to sunset. Or some of the wonders end at night because they’re lit. And it’s all in-game in your world, and you can see all your buildings around it. It makes the world seem more alive, and that’s something we’ve put a lot of effort into.”
Civilization VI comes to PC, PS4, and Xbox One on October 21st.