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Civilization 6's Next Expansion Will Address Climate Change

Civilization VI's upcoming expansion adds a diplomatic victory condition and weather effects that can get worse from CO2 emissions.

Civilization VI’s latest expansion will include brand new weather effects including devastating storms caused by global warming.

Ever wondered what the world would be like if the ancient Aztecs weren’t wiped out by the Spanish expansion? Civilization is the turn-based game franchise that explores such notions, and Civilization VI is the latest iteration in a long line of strategy games.

Civ VI’s first expansion, Rise and Fall, dealt with what happens when empires become great and how they can plummet from such heights with just a few wrong moves. The next expansion coming out of Firaxis will bring Civilization to the 21st century and address such pressing world issues as climate change.

Called Gathering Storm, the largest addition to the game is a full weather system that can cause blizzards, sandstorms, tornadoes, and even hurricanes. At the start, these destructive events will be completely random, but as you reach into the late-game and both you and neighboring civilizations start burning coal and oil for power, world CO2 levels will start to rise and lead to a changing climate that will be disruptive to everyone’s plans.

On the plus side, some additional research will unlock zero-emission power generation in the form of solar, wind, and geothermal power plants.

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Convincing your neighbors to give up their coal-fired plants will be trick, but that’s where the new diplomacy options come in. A diplomatic resource called Favor allows players to influence other nation’s decisions--for better or for worse. These new diplomacy options will allow players to form a World Congress (basically like the modern-day United Nations), and if you get elected to be world leader often enough you can win the game by a new Diplomatic Victory win condition.

Where most expansions would be fine to stop there, Firaxis goes way further. Gathering Storm will include 9 new leaders, 8 new civilizations, 2 new scenarios, 7 new world wonders, 7 natural wonders, 18 new units, 15 new improvements, 9 new buildings, 5 new districts, 2 new city sets, 9 new techs, and 10 new civics.

Gathering Storm launches on February 14th, 2019, so mark your calendars.

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