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.
Shortly after the launch announcement, the first major civ addition was revealed to be Hungary, led by Matthias Corvinus, who was King of Hungary and Croatia from 1458 to 1490. This previously unnoticed addition makes us 3 for 4 when it comes to new civ predictions.
According to the announcement, the new civ is well-suited for a domination victory and designed for rapid expansion. Hungary’s unique ability, “Pearl of the Danube,” builds any district or building across a river from a city center faster.
Hungary’s unique building is the Thermal Bath, which replaces the Zoo, and provides amenities and production to every city within its range. If the Thermal Bath is built in a city with a Geothermal Fissure, it provides extra amenities and tourism.
Hungary gets two unique units, the first being the Huszár, an Industrial-era light cavalry unit that receives a combat bonus for every active alliance. The second is the Black Army, a light cavalry unit unlocked once the Castles technology is researched.
Corvinus’ unique ability is called “The Raven King,” and it gives units leveed from a city-state extra movement and combat strength. Additionally, it eliminates resource costs when upgrading leveed units and sends two envoys to any city-state that has units leveed.
Earlier this week, Take-Two revealed that the Inca will be led by Pachacuti, the ruler responsible for transforming the Kingdom of Cuzco into the vast and well-structured Incan Empire. The Incan Empire is designed for isolationist players who prefer to build their internal economy over waging wars of expansion. The civ’s unique ability is Mit’a, which enables Incan citizens to work mountain tiles.
Before that, Canada and the Māori were announced as other new additions to the sixth game in the series.
Gathering Storm is set to release on February 14 for Windows. The new expansion will feature a number of new and improved game elements, including advanced technologies, engineering projects and the return of the World Congress. Notably, Gathering Storm will be the first game in the franchise to introduce a living world ecosystem that “showcases natural events that could enrich or challenge your growing empire.”