Firaxis announces Civilization VI's debut expansion, Rise and Fall

Civilization games are no strangers to expansions that significantly bolster their gameplay, and just over a year after Civilization VI's launch, Firaxis has now announced the game's very first full-fledged expansion. Arriving with the title Civilization VI: Rise and Fall, the expansion's brand new announcement trailer can be seen above.

In addition to nine leaders and eight new civilizations that come with their own unique units, districts, buildings, and more, the expansion introduces a number of new features to the 4X title. The new Great Ages system is one of these new additions. Civilizations can now go through Dark Ages, Golden Ages, as well as Heroic Ages, with each age giving cultures various challenges to overcome and bonuses to make use of.

Beyond that, a full list of key features that will arrive the Rise and Fall expansion is seen below:

GREAT AGES: As your civilization ebbs and flows, and you reach milestone Historic Moments, you will experience Dark Ages or Golden Ages, each providing specific challenges or bonuses based on your actions in-game. Rise triumphantly from a Dark Age, and your next Golden Age will be even stronger – a Heroic Age.
LOYALTY: Cities now have individual Loyalty to your leadership – let it fall too low, and face the consequences of low yields, revolts, and the potential to lose your city to another civilization, or its own independence. But one civilization’s loss can be your gain as you inspire Loyalty among cities throughout the map and further expand your borders.
GOVERNORS: Recruit, appoint, and upgrade powerful characters with unique specialization bonuses and promotion trees to customize your cities, and reinforce Loyalty.
ENHANCED ALLIANCES: An enhanced alliances system allows players to form different types of alliances and build bonuses over time.
EMERGENCIES: When a civilization grows too powerful, other civilizations can join a pact against the threatening civilization and earn rewards, or penalties, when the Emergency ends.
TIMELINE: Review your civilization’s history at any time with the new Timeline feature, a visual journey through the Historic Moments that you encountered on your path to victory.
NEW LEADERS AND CIVS: Nine leaders and eight new civilizations are introduced. Each brings unique bonuses and gameplay, as well as a total of eight unique units, two unique buildings, four unique improvements, and two unique districts.
NEW GLOBAL CONTENT: Eight new world wonders, seven natural wonders, four new units, two new tile improvements, two new districts, fourteen new buildings, and three new resources have been added.
IMPROVED GAMEPLAY SYSTEMS: The Government system has been enhanced with new Policies and additional improvements have been made to existing systems.

Civilization VI fans will be able to get their hands on the Rise and Fall expansion starting on February 8, 2018, for $29.99. Moreover, anyone interested in more information regarding the expansion can find a detailed blog post by its lead designer Anton Strenger over here.

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