If I buy Civilization 5: Brave New World, will I be able to play vanilla Civilization 5.


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Brave new world is an expansion to vanilla, so you need to own the base game in order to play Brave New World.

The game does give you the option to turn off expansions and run the game in vanilla if you so desire.

  • So I would need Civilization 5 to play BNW. What if I just buy BWN, that won't work right?
    – Wulfinite
    Commented Oct 6, 2015 at 15:25
  • @Wulfinite Correct, Brave new world is an expansion to the base game and will not function as a stand-alone game.
    – onewho
    Commented Oct 6, 2015 at 15:26
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    @Wulfinite do yourself a favor and don't play Vanilla. BNW fixed a lot of problems, especially AI related.
    – SnakeDoc
    Commented Oct 6, 2015 at 18:20
  • Depending on distribution, expansion of a game may have main game included, which usually is reflected in both description and a pricetag
    – a13ph
    Commented Oct 6, 2015 at 18:22
  • When we talk about BNW, we are referring to G&K and BNW, I hope... Commented Oct 7, 2015 at 1:20

Yes. Simply select DLC from the main menu and disable the expansions. enter image description here

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