Civilization VI issues limit the gaming experience

By: Madeleine Dean
4 minute read

If you were afraid you’d get bored in the weekend, we’ve got good news for you: Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is now available for download. If you work hard, you’ll be able to expand your empire, advance your culture and build a civilization that will stand the test of time.

Civilization VI offers you new ways to interact with the world, allowing you to play as one of 20 historical leaders including Roosevelt or Queen Victoria.

Just like the majority of newly released games, Civilization VI brings a series of issues that severely limit the gaming experience. Players report they can’t download the game, camera bugs prevent them from following their scouts, sound plays too fast and more.

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI issues on Windows PC


Sound plays to fast

Civilization VI fans  report sound plays at a fast rate, and as a result Eddard speaks way too fast and so does the music in the background. Some gamers even report that after turning the sound and the music off, Civilization VI no longer crashed.

You can fix the sound bug by reducing the sampling rate for your sound card. Change it from 24bit 192000Hz to 16bit 48000hz, or to 24 bit 96000 Hz  and it should work fine. How to do this:

  1. right-click your speaker icon in the task bar and select playback devices
  2. right-click your sound card and select properties
  3. change the sampling rate.

Camera bugs prevent gamers from exploring territories

Gamers report that at the end of every single turn, the camera goes back to the capital city, preventing them from following their scouts. This bug is extremely annoying because it forces gamers to look for their units after every turn, wasting precious time.

I’ve been trying to play for a while now but at the end of every single turn the camera snaps back to my capital city and i’m trying to follow some scouts around but it is very annoying when it keeps snapping right back to my capital city especially when i have to re-find my units every single turn!!!! is there anyway to stop this???


Civilization VI won’t launch

Often, when gamers hit the play button, Civilization VI remains unresponsive, nothing really happens. Other players report that a window pops up but instantly disappears. Users tried various workarounds, such as reinstall Visual C++ 2015, updating Windows, but nothing seems to work. For the time being, there is no workaround available for this issue, and gamers put all their hope in the upcoming game patches.


Left arrow keys are unavailable

This is not actually an issue, but rather a game limitation. Players request that the game developers also add support for the WASD keys because using the arrow keys on the right side is awkward.

wasd is standard (its way more ergonomic) also for scrolling and if you dont want to use it no problem, but there should be a option to map it.


Scrolling with mouse on screen edge is tricky

The option to scroll with mouse on screen edge can be quickly enabled in the game settings. However, using this option can be tricky. The top part of the screen has a little info bar and if you put the mouse on here, it doesn’t scroll. Instead, you should put the mouse near the edge of the game window view at the top. Gamers also complain they can accidentally scroll when trying to use buttons on the top right of screen.


The UI is too tiny

Many gamers complain about eye strain caused by the tiny text on the user interface. Apparently, there isn’t a single resolution that supports the UI upscaling, but gamers hope that the upcoming patches will address this UI issue.

in ..\Documents\My Games\Sid Meier’s Civilization VI\AppOptions.txt there’s an option called UIUpscale. Regardless of it being set to either 1 or 0 (on/off) the UI doesnt scale. I’m using 3440×1440 and need to sit an inch from the monitor to read the bloody thing! lolz


AI declare war in unison

Many Civilization VI players consider this AI behavior is rather abnormal since they offer no reason to be attacked. Some gamers got attacked after round 6, which is really annoying because this gives them no time to properly upgrade their military, technology and economy.

In my game, all the AIs just randomly declare war on me on the same turn for no actual reason, even if they are way too far away to send any unit towards me. […] Anyone else having this problem?


These are the most frequent Civilization VI issues reported by gamers. If you’ve come across a workaround for some of these issues, feel free to list the troubleshooting steps in the comment section below.

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