Is Civilization VI Cross-platform in 2021? Here’s Everything You Need to Know about This Famous Game!

If you stumbled upon this post, you must be looking for clarity about Civilization VI cross-platform features and supports.

Well, you have come to the right place. 

In this post, we will answer the question:

Is Civilization VI Cross-platform?

To make it quick, Yes, Civilization VI is a cross-platform game. However, the cross-platform feature is very limited to only certain platforms. CIV 6 only supports cross-platform between Mac and PC platform. 

We will talk about this further down this post so stay tuned if you want to learn more about CIV 6 cross-platform supports.

Let’s dive right in.

Can You Play CIV 6 Cross-platform?

Civilization VI is a game developed by Firaxis Games released back in 2016 as the sixth instalment of the famous game, Civilization.

Civilization VI comes with many improvements out of the box, mainly focusing on the new graphics engine that makes the game now look great in 3D.

For those who are not familiar with the game, Civilization VI is a turn-based strategy game where players compete in growing and expanding their civilization.

Based on 4X gameplay elements, players are free to manage their civilization.

4X gameplay elements are a subgenre of strategy-based games, with the 4X stands for eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate.

In 2021, Civilization VI is now available on almost every gaming platform. 

You can play Civilization Vi on PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One.

But, despite being available on most gaming platforms, can you play CIV 6 cross-platform?

Although the cross-platform play support is very limited, but yes, you can play CIV 6 cross-platform. CIV 6 supports cross-platform play between Mac and PC players.

Unfortunately, other than those two platforms, the game does not have any cross-platform play supports.

So if you are a console player, you cannot cross-play with those playing from their PC.

Luckily, Civilization VI has cross-platform cloud save features that will allow players to continue their progress on another gaming platform just fine.

So if you want to play multiplayer with your friends on another gaming platform, you don’t have to start from zero.

That means if you have another copy of the game on other platforms, you can proceed to your current progress.

To enable the cloud save is simple, sign in to your 2K account, go to the in-game options, choose Multi-Platform Cloud Save.

So with that information out of the way, let’s address some frequently asked questions below.

Also read: Is Monster Hunter World Cross-platform?

Can You Play CIV 6 Cross-platform between Mac and PC?

Like we said above, Yes, you can play CIV 6 cross-platform between Mac and PC. You can Cross-play Civilization VI on Mac and PC by using Steam.

The only thing you need to make sure is that both of the game is on the same version.

If you are not aware, you can also get Civilization VI on your Mac through the Apple App Store.

However, we don’t recommend you getting CIV 6 this way to your Mac.

Civilization VI Mac version is a little bit limited because it is intended as a single-player game, so there is no multiplayer and cross-platform play support on this version.

We recommend you get the Steam version if you want to play Civilization VI on Mac.

Please make sure that your Mac meets the minimum system requirements down below before purchasing the game.

Mac minimum system requirements to run Civilization VI:

  • OS: OSX 10.11.6 (El Capitan) or newer
  • CPU Processor: Intel Core i5 (4 cores)
  • CPU Speed: 2.7 GHz
  • Memory: 6 GB
  • Disk Space: 15 GB
  • Video Card (ATI): Radeon HD 6970
  • Video Card (NVIDIA): GeForce 775M
  • Video Card (Intel): Iris Pro
  • Video Memory (VRam): 1 GB

And take note these video cards are not supported to run Civilization VI.

  • NVIDIA®: GeForce® 650M, 675MX, 680MX, 750M, 755M
  • ATI™ Radeon™: HD 5750, HD 5770, HD 5870, HD 6750, HD 6770
  • Intel® :HD Graphics 4000, 5000, 5300, 6000, IRIS, 515

If your Mac machine can meet the system requirement above, then you are good to go.

Otherwise, we will not recommend you to try and play CIV 6 on your Mac because the game will run slow and full of lags.

Can You Cross-Play CIV 6 Steam and Epic?

There are no worries because you can cross-play Civilization 6 on Steam and Epic versions.

Both versions have a join code feature, where you can input a code to cross-play between Steam and Epic and invite your friends.

To enable cross-play for the Civilization VI Steam and Epic version, you just have to navigate to the multiplayer tab and use the Internet (Unified PC Play) menu to play.

Take a look at this picture below.

Please take note that this feature only available on PC only.

Civilization VI is available on Steam and Epic Games Store for around USD 59.99.

We recommend you get Civilization VI during big sales, whether on Steam or Epic, to save money.

CIV 6 often goes on sale so keep an eye on these sales events.

Can CIV 6 iOS Play with PC?

Civilization VI is one of the few games that are available on almost every gaming platform.

Civilization 6 is playable even on Android and iOS.

Civilization 6 on iOS is free to download, but an in-app purchase will unlock the full version.

Unfortunately, you cannot play CIV 6 on iOS with the PC version. So if you have friends playing CIV 6 on PC or Mac, you cannot play together with them using the iOS version.

It is mentioned on the Civilization VI iOS FAQ that there is no cross-play between iOS and PC.

Yet, their statement is “Not at this time”, which means there is a possibility cross-play between iOS and PC will come into effect sooner or later.

You can read the detailed Civilization VI iOS and Android FAQ here.

lization 6 iOS and Android FAQ here.

Is Civilization VI Cross-platform Xbox and PC?

Unfortunately, Civilization 6 is not cross-platform between Xbox and PC.

As of right now, you cannot cross-play CIV 6 with your friends on Xbox if you play on PC, and vice versa.

The only cross-platform support that Civilization VI has is between Mac and PC players via Steam.

But do not worry; you can always utilize the cross-save feature on this game to jump on your friends’ platform to play together.

With the cross-save feature, at least you don’t have to start over from zero and can start right away.

Does Civilization VI Have Multiplayer?

Yes, every version of Civilization VI has a multiplayer feature. 

Regardless of the platform, CIV 6 does have a multiplayer mode for you to play with others.

The multiplayer feature might differ depending on the platform.

iOS and Android multiplayer is available for local multiplayer, LAN, and Play by Cloud.

It is a piece of good news that Android and iOS can cross-play together through LAN play and Play by Cloud.

There is no online multiplayer feature on the Nintendo Switch version, but a local co-op and competitive multiplayer are available for up to four players through a Wireless Network.

CIV 6 will support PS4 and Xbox One with an online multiplayer for up to four players, and offline multiplayer by Hotseat lets you play for up to 12 players.

Also, Civilization VI will support the Mac version with Hotseat and LAN multiplayer with the online multiplayer is only available on the Steam version.

As for PC, local co-op, online co-op, LAN multiplayer, and online multiplayer are available on all versions.

Conclusion: So Is Civilization VI a Cross-platform game?

To conclude, Yes, Civilization 6 is a cross-platform game that will allow players to play with others from a different gaming platform. However, CIV 6 only supports cross-platform between the Mac and PC version at the moment.

So there you have it—everything you need to know about Civilization VI and its multiplayer and cross-platform play feature.

We hope from this post; you know now which gaming platform you should choose when playing Civilization VI to get all the multiplayer benefits.

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