Sid Meier’s Civilization 6 is four years old this year, but still going strong. Firaxis and 2K recently announced a new season pass of upcoming DLC content. The New Frontier Pass will include six DLC packs, each adding new civs and game modes, for $39.99. Best of all, Civilization 6 is currently free this week during the Epic Mega Sale on the Epic Games Store.
To pick up Civ 6 for free, you’ll need an Epic Games account. Log into the Epic Games Store and add the free game to your account. You have until May 28 to claim Civilization 6. Another game will then be rotated to the weekly free slot.
The New Frontier Pass will feature a new DLC pack every other month, beginning this month through March 2021. The New Frontier Pass can be purchased like a season pass for $39.99, or you could purchase each DLC a la carte.
The first DLC pack of the New Frontier Pass is the Maya & Gran Colombia Pack ($8.99 separately). The Maya include Leader Six Sky, the Hul’che unit (a stronger archer) and the Observatory unique district (replaces the campus). The Maya have the Mayab ability, granting housing and gold bonuses from Farms, and Amenities bonuses of Luxury resources next to the City Center.
Gran Colombia is led by Simón Bolivar, along with two unique units, the Comandante General, and the Llanero (cavalry). Gran Colombia receives a movement bonus to all units and the unique Hacienda improvement.
The DLC also adds a new Apocalypse game mode, adding more, larger versions of natural disasters and a new soothsayer unit that can trigger them. The world enters a new apocalyptic state if climate change reaches the maximum level (requires Gathering Storm expansion).
The second DLC Pack of the New Frontier Pass will add the Ethiopia civilization, and arrives in July. Future packs have not yet been announced. Free updates, including new content, will also be added throughout the year.
Civilization 6 is available on Windows, Mac, and Linux PC (Steam, Epic Games Store), PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One. It’s also available on iOS, but the DLC has not been announced for mobile platforms. It’s rated E10+.