Today 2K and Firaxis have announced the first major expansion pack to Sid Meier’s Civilization VI: Rise and Fall. It’s due out on February 8, 2018 on PC.

“Sid Meier’s Civilization is 2K’s longest running franchise and we’re thrilled to reveal this exciting and dynamic expansion for fans to experience Civilization VI in all new ways,” said Matt Gorman, VP of Marketing at 2K. “The Civilization VI: Rise and Fall expansion comes after a year of content and updates to Civilization VI, and marks the perfect time for both veterans and newcomers to take one more turn at building their empire.”

As evidenced in the stirring trailer above, Rise and Fall aims to add storytelling elements, called Great Ages and Historic Moments. These special events are manifested as Golden and Dark Ages in your civilization’s history, and they last for an entire Era. They offer various bonuses or challenges.

A new Loyalty mechanic can lead to cities declaring their own independence, or deciding to join a nearby rival. Loyalty essentially serves as the old ‘Culture Bomb’ mechanic from previous Civ games, letting cities and borders change hands without using military means.

Other new features include appoiting Governors to run your cities, forming specific types of Alliances, and a new Timeline that tracks over 100 in-game achievements.

Of course it woulnd’t be a Civ expansion without new Civilizations. Rise and Fall will add a total of eight new civilizations and nine new leaders – none of which are being announced yet. Firaxis will reveal them in the coming weeks leading up to the expansion’s release.

“With the new Great Ages system in Sid Meier’s Civilization VI: Rise and Fall, players can experience the ebb and flow of building empires amidst the challenges of history, either to lasting greatness or the dust of antiquity,” added Anton Strenger, Lead Designer at Firaxis Games. “With this expansion’s new features, players will be both challenged and rewarded in ways never seen before in the 26 years of the Civilization franchise.”

Side Meier’s Civilization VI: Rise and Fall is coming February 8, 2018 for Windows PC.


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