Civilization VI Rise and Fall released

Screenshot of Civilization VI: Rise and Fall
The Netherlands features as one of the new civs in Civilization VI: Rise and Fall

The first expansion pack for Sid Meier’s Civilization VI was released today and it contains some interesting concepts such as Golden Ages and Dark Ages, city loyalty (if city loyalty gets too low they may declare independence), the ability to assign governors to cities, alliances, emergency situations (e.g. world declaring war against an aggressive superpower) and Historic Moments (e.g. being the first to circumnavigate the globe).

Some of these features are just re-introducing concepts we’ve seen in previous Civilization games but I’m intrigued by the concepts of Dark Ages (which I believe is new to the franchise) and city loyalty (I’ve always wanted them to add a mechanic of cities declaring independence).

The expansion also features a bunch of new and returning world wonders (e.g. the Statue of Liberty, Taj Mahal, etc.), natural wonders, as well as new units.

Last, but not least, Rise and Fall introduces 8 new civs and 9 new leaders as listed below:

Poundmaker of the Cree Nation
Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
Queen Tamar of Georgia
Chandragupta Maurya of India
Queen Seondeok of Korea
Lautaro of the Mapuche
Genghis Khan of Mongolia
Robert the Bruce of Scotland
Shaka Zulu of the Zulu

Initial reviews by the big publications seem to be generally favourable, with Polygon giving the game 9/10, Gamespot giving it 8/10 and PC Gamer 80/100.

[ LINK: Official Rise and Fall announcement page ]