Civilization VI: Gathering Storm, the second expansion to Civ 6, is set to bring a number of new gameplay dynamics, in addition to 9 new leaders and 8 new civilizations.
Last week, the second new civilization was revealed as the Māori, the seafaring indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand. The most notable aspect of the new civ, which is led by Kupe, is that the Maori starting units begin on an Ocean tile and receive Science and Culture each turn prior to settling.
Now, in what looks to be a weekly event, the third new civ has been announced. Canada will be led by Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier, who is known for uniting French and English-speaking citizens under one national banner. This revelation makes us 2 for 2 on new civ predictions.
According to the announcement, Canada’s unique ability is “Four Faces of Peace,” which prevents the civ from declaring surprise wars on opponents or declaring war on city-states but ensures Canada itself is immune to surprise attacks.
Canada’s unique building is the Ice Hockey Rink, which grants Appeal and Amenity, in addition to bonus Culture for each adjacent snow tile. After Flight technology is researched, the Ice Hockey Rink will also grant Tourism from Culture. Finally, after the Professional Sports Civic is unlocked, the unique building will award additional Production and Food.
As one might expect, the unique unit for Canada is the Mountie, a modern era unit that has the ability to create a National Park, which boosts Mounties with combat bonuses when battles occur in nearby tiles.
Gathering Storm is set to release on February 14 for Windows. The new expansion will feature a number of new and previous fan-favorite game elements, including new advanced technologies, engineering projects and the World Congress.
Notably, Gathering Storm will be the first in the franchise to introduce a living world ecosystem that “showcases natural events that could enrich or challenge your growing empire.”