Civilization 6 goes into the next round. The strategy hit has now left four years behind, but has been steadily expanded thanks to extensive extensions such as Gathering Storm and Rise and Fall. Smaller DLCs were always for sale.
Now Publisher 2K has officially announced that 2020 won't be over yet. By 2021, new DLC packs will be released on a regular basis, providing new races, leaders and scenarios. Each of these six packages will become part of the new Season Pass, the was named New Frontier
What's in New Frontier?
2K and Firaxis promise a lot of new content that Season Pass buyers are given regularly. The size of these corresponds roughly to the smaller DLCs that were previously available for Australia or Poland, for example. The Season Pass contains:
- 6 individual DLC packs
- 8 new civilizations (so far Maya, Greater Colombia & Ethiopia have been confirmed)
- 9 new leaders
- 6 new game modes
- many more game content
If you buy the Season Pass, you will also exclusively receive the Teddy Roosevelt and Katharina von Medici packages. The two leaders will receive two new skins and will also have new AI ambitions and skills. Roosevelt and his American faction are then even better placed to secure peace on their own continent, while Katharina and her French are the only leaders who can achieve cultural victory by using luxury goods.
When does it start?
The first of the new DLCs will be released on May 21, 2020, after which the other packages will be submitted every two months. The other five extensions will follow in July, September and November 2020 and in January and March 2021.
What does this cost?
If you are interested in the Season Pass, however, you will have to put some money on the table. New Frontier costs a total of 40 euros. Unit prices for the DLCs are not yet known. So far, the DLC prices have been between five and nine euros, so New Frontier has to deliver some content to justify the total price. Those who do without the Season Pass can also look forward to new content.
What do the free updates deliver?
In the months between the DLC packages, Civ 6 should also be provided with free updates. Developer Firaxis promises both new maps and scenarios, as well as balance improvements, but without going into detail.
Large extensions are sometimes required
You cannot try all new features unconditionally. Some of the DLC content is only playable if you have the necessary addon. So you may have to spend money on the big extensions.
For the new game mode of the first DLC you need Gathering Storm, for the mode of the second either Gathering Storm or Rise and Fall. Rise and Fall is mandatory for both new leaders of the fifth DLC.
The Mayans come in May
It is not yet known exactly which new modes, factions and leaders appear. So far, only the first two DLCs have a name. The Mayan and Greater Colombia package will be released on May 21. The innovations for this have already been presented:
- New groups: Unsurprisingly, the new factions are based in South America. You can take control of the Maya or the historic state of Greater Colombia. Of course, both factions also lead unique units and can build special buildings. There will also be new city-states.
- New resources & wonders of the world: The package is also intended to introduce new resources, about which nothing is yet known in detail. We already know some of the new wonders of the world: the Bermuda Triangle, the fountain of youth and the lost Inca city of Paititi.
- Apocalyptic game mode: In keeping with the Mayan doomsday calendar, the new package offers its own game mode on the subject. How exactly the mode works is not known. But there will be new natural disasters. So be prepared for meteorite rain, forest fires and solar flares. How it looks, you can see on some of the new screenshots in our gallery:
Civilization 6 – View screenshots from the Maya DLC
In July, the Ethiopia package follows, with the corresponding faction, a secret society mode and new districts and infrastructure.
The new Season Pass basically sounds interesting at first. However, it remains to be seen whether fans can be satisfied with the content. Even if the major extensions to Civ received a lot of praise, the culture packages in the Steam Reviews were sometimes heavily criticized for their price-performance ratio.