Changes big and small.
Civilization VI will continue its quest for world domination for the next year and the latest part of the New Frontier Pass keeps raising the stakes.
Details on the society at the centre of the pack, Ethiopia, were, erm, spartan, but the developers at Firaxis promise more information this week. Still, additional faith will be provided from international trade routes, and new faith-based purchases will be available.
Eagle eyed viewers may have noticed the new leader, however, as Menelik II, the Emperor of Ethiopia from 1889-1913. While details haven’t been revealed to officially confirm him, it’s likely the leader will have grand ambitions to expand his empire, just as the real life leader did.
New personas will be introduced for Theodore Roosevelt and Catherine de Medici. These leaders will effectively see ‘alts’ introduced into the game that give them new abilities and units depending on the version used. Teddy’s new persona will, for instance, grant combat bonuses on the home continent while Medici’s will prioritize amassing luxury items. The original builds are still available.
A new, powerful, one-off district, the Diplomatic Hub, will continue to experiment with the Civ formula. Additional culture and reductions in spy activity will be hallmarks of the district, with potential to add more influence and science, too.
Secret societies are a supernatural and completely optional twist. Players will have the opportunity to join one–and only one–secret society through the course of the game, unlocking a special, globally conscious governor with unique promotions; modified buildings unique to each society; a unique new map resource in Lei Lines (unique to the Hermetic order); and additional units like cultists and vampires unique to their respective societies.
More information is set to be announced before the expansion releases July 23rd.