There is an annoying bug in Civilization 5: Brave New World, when in certain conditions game stops responding to your orders: you cannot move units, switch between them or choose their actions. However, the game doesn't hang up - it still shows animations, shows tooltips for terrain tiles while hovering the cursor, the menu can be shown and the game could be saved/loaded in this state.

Reloading the saved game during this "limbo" state results in an infinite rotating globe cursor loop. However, loading the bugged saved game after killing and restarting the games loads fine and the game can be resumed.

This bug happens frequently during the production changing for the city, so it's widely called the "Choose production bug". But it also happens when you use the ranged attack, found religion, switch between units. Validating the game doesn't show any problems. Have anyone got rid of this bug?

EDIT1: If I exit the game in that "limbo" state, I notice that the game executable still resides in memory, playing music. Is this a kind of a sign that the bug is related to the multimedia issue?

EDIT2: The saved game immediately before the bug (after the caravel move) is available at https://www.dropbox.com/s/1p859xbfhifgue3/6.Civ5Save

  • I'm not sure what you are asking. It sounds like you already have a workaround (restart the game). A fix probably needs to come from the game developer. – Aaron Kurtzhals Dec 10 '13 at 16:19
  • @AaronKurtzhals Restarting the game isn't a good workaround: you'll lose all progress since your last save. I've hit this bug, and discovered that if I save the game after the bug appears, then loading the game will still have the same bug, requiring me to backtrack. – PotatoEngineer Dec 11 '13 at 1:15
  • Are you using any mods? I've never hit this bug, and I play with a few mods in various combinations: Info Addict, Communitas, Fast Aircraft Animation, Colored Religions, and More Resources. – David Harkness Dec 11 '13 at 7:41
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    what is it that 2k recommended that didn't work (so that you don't just get the same suggestion here)? – TZHX Jan 31 '14 at 21:42
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    Does this help? – badp Feb 3 '14 at 22:03

I went to their website, and they had a link that talked about bugs that can't make the player end the turn, they told me to go into, my documents library then find the my games folder and find Sid Meier's Civilization 5 folder and locate config.ini in the folder and change:

EnableGameCoreThreading = 1


EnableGameCoreThreading = 0

Afterwards, I went back into the game and started up a new game and went it finally loaded it still wouldn't work. I don't know if I did it right or not. I tried uninstalling all my mods I have downloaded off the steam workshop, and even the game itself, and still no dice.

  • I think this is it! Changed to zero, played for a few hours, not a single bug! – mbaitoff Feb 4 '14 at 15:17

This sounds rather similar what I've seen before. You get tool tips, game renders fine, but you have problems selecting objects. Try hitting the escape key. I recall that revived it for me.

  • Unfortunately, that doesn't help. – mbaitoff Jan 23 '14 at 1:17
  • Being more specific - hitting Esc bgings up game menu and nothing more. – mbaitoff Jan 30 '14 at 4:21
  • What I remembered is that when I get the tool tip, game renders, but you can't go into cities, select units, perform actions, etc etc, if you go and hit escape, it exited that state and I could start select units perform actions again. – Calyth Jan 30 '14 at 17:30
  • I checked it again - if I press Esc, a game menu appears, but the game state doesn't change. However I noticed that the limbo state now can happen during almost any game event - policy adopting, diplomacy negotiation etc. – mbaitoff Feb 3 '14 at 1:46
  • @mbaitoff bummer that sucks. I haven't seen it that often myself... :( Sorry that didn't help – Calyth Feb 3 '14 at 18:23

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