The latest addition to the popular turn-based strategy game series, Civilization, has been given a release date.
Civilization VI: Gathering Storm, the second expansion to Civ 6, is set to release on February 14, 2019, on Windows PC. The new game is set to feature a number of new and previous fan-favorite game elements, including new advanced technologies, engineering projects and the World Congress.
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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.”
According to the official launch announcement, these natural events will include volcanoes, storms and floods. With this new functionality, tiles within the game will be given increased importance as players will have to strategically plan to leverage the natural events to their resource and combat advantage. Additionally, droughts and four different kinds of storms have been added to the game “to spread the risk of succumbing to a natural disaster across the map.”
Gathering Storm will include 9 new leaders, 8 new civilizations, 7 new World Wonders, and a variety of new scenarios, units, districts and buildings.
ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS: Volcanoes, storms (blizzards, sand storms, tornados, hurricanes), climate change, floods, and droughts.
POWER AND CONSUMABLE RESOURCES: Strategic resources play an additional role in Gathering Storm. These resources are now consumed in power plants to generate electricity for your cities. Initially you’ll be powering your most advanced buildings by burning carbon-based resources like Coal and Oil, but renewable energy sources also unlock as you progress to current-day technologies. Your choices about resource usage will directly affect the world’s temperature and can cause melting ice caps and rising sea levels.
ENGINEERING PROJECTS: Shape the world around your empire to overcome unfavorable land conditions by making improvements like canals, dams, tunnels and railroads. When settling cities, consider the flood risk to coastal lowland areas, but keep in mind that in the late-game, new technologies like Flood Barriers can be used to protect these tiles.
WORLD CONGRESS: Make your voice heard among the other leaders of the world. Earn Diplomatic Favor through Alliances, influencing city-states, competing in World Games, and more. Use Diplomatic Favor to extract promises from other leaders, vote on Resolutions, call a Special Session to address an emergency, and increase the weight of your votes in your quest to achieve the new Diplomatic Victory.
21st CENTURY TECHNOLOGIES & CIVICS: A new era has been added to the Technology and Civics trees. Combat new environmental effects with speculative ideas such as relocating your population out to seasteads and developing technologies to recapture carbon emissions.
NEW LEADERS AND CIVS: Nine new leaders from eight new civilizations are introduced. Each brings unique bonuses and gameplay, as well as a total of nine unique units, four unique buildings, three unique improvements, two unique districts and one unique governor.
MORE NEW CONTENT: Seven new world wonders, seven natural wonders, 18 new units, 15 new improvements, 9 new buildings, 5 new districts, 2 new city sets, 9 new techs and 10 new civics have been added.
IMPROVED GAMEPLAY SYSTEMS: The Espionage system has been enhanced with new options, the Culture and Science Victories have been updated, new Historic Moments have been added, and additional improvements have been made to other existing systems.
While the 8 new civilizations have yet to be announced, the video seems to hint that the Inca will make a comeback at the very least and perhaps a Polynesian civ of some sort. Internet speculators believe Armenia will be added eventually, which could explain the Christian religious figure shown in the video.
Based on the added scenarios and focus on the 21st century, it’s likely the game includes modern civilizations from America and Africa to fill in current gaps, which may mean Canada, Argentina and South Africa. Furthermore, the game’s WWI scenario specifically mentions Belgium, a civilization that would make a lot of sense to add.
Other seemingly likely additions from past games include the Ottoman Empire (Turkey), the Byzantine Empire, Carthage, Mali and Portugal.