The first major expansion pack for Sid Meier’s Civilization VI, Rise and Fall, is out today on PC for $29.99. It adds eight new civs, nine new leaders, eight new world wonders, and new units, buildings, resources along with many gameplay additions, including the new era-defining epochs of Great Ages.
Here are all the new civilizations from Rise and Fall:
In addition, one existing Civilization, India, is getting a new leader with Chandragupta. Leaders provide their own unique bonuses on top of the Civ’s unique buildings and units.
The biggest new feature in Rise and Fall are the Great Ages. Great Ages are triggered when reaching Historic Moment milestones, and can either advance your civ into a Golden Age, or plunge it into the Dark Ages. For the duration these major changes provide various bonuses or challenges.
Other improvements include enhanced alliances, appointing governors to cities, and managing a new loyalty system for each city. A new timeline feature has also been added to allow you to review a visual journey of the Historic Moments which have defined your civilization.
Civilization VI initially launched in 2016 to rave reviews. Since launch several mini DLC packs have been released, adding new civs and scenarios. These have been poorly received, with fans citing more balance and updates are needed on the base game, and that they’re generally overpriced.
As was the case with previous Civ games, it often takes several years and expansion packs for a Civ game to emerge as the best. With the release of Rise and Fall, Civilization VI has overtaken Civilization V as the more played game on Steam, but time will tell if that holds true.
In related news, Civilization VI was recently released on iPad. It’s currently 50% off ($29.99, yes it’s normally $59.99 on iPad) until March 1. The iPad version is the full Civ 6 game, with touch screen controls.
Civilization VI has been rated E for Everyone.