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Today Firaxis Games and 2K made quite a big announcement for the future of Sid Meier's Civilization VI, and it appears they're nowhere near done with it.

Announcing the New Frontier Pass, which will run from this month until March 2021 it's going to bring in six new DLC packs with six free updates placed in-between their releases for everyone. The free packs will include all sorts of things from balance to new maps. As for the actual DLC, each one will provide at least one new civilization and leader (some have two), new game modes (that might need other DLC), new buildings, new units and quite a bit more.

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Pack list

  • Pack #1: Maya & Gran Colombia Pack. Adds two new civilizations and leaders, one new game mode*, new City-States, Resources, and Natural Wonders. Available May 2020.
  • Pack #2: Ethiopia Pack. Adds one new civilization and leader, one new game mode**, one new District and two new Buildings. Available July 2020.
  • Pack #3: Adds two new civilizations and leaders, one new game mode**, new World Wonders, and one new map. Available September 2020.
  • Pack #4: Adds one new civilization and leader, one new game mode, new City-States, and numerous new Great People. Available November 2020.
  • Pack #5: Adds one new civilization and two new leaders***, one new game mode, a new District, and two new Buildings. Available January 2021.
  • Pack #6: Adds one new civilization and leader, one new game mode, new World Wonders, and one new map. Available March 2021.

*New game mode requires the Gathering Storm expansion to play.

**New game mode requires either the Rise and Fall or Gathering Storm expansions to play.

***New leader requires Rise and Fall expansion to play.

The porting studio and occasional publisher, Aspyr Media, who did the original Linux port of Sid Meier's Civilization VI have been contacted (see update below) about it. They've been pretty silent recently (Borderlands 2/TPS are missing updates) but thankfully 2K have been pretty clear. In their press release they said:

The Civilization VI - New Frontier Pass will be available for $39.99 on Xbox One, PS4™, Nintendo Switch™, Windows PC, Mac and Linux, with mobile platforms arriving later this year.

If you don't want all of it, each part pack will be available individually too the New Frontier Pass is a Season Pass.

You can pick up a copy of Civilization VI on Humble Store and Steam.


Update: Aspyr Media's press people got back to us, and said "For Linux, it will sim-ship." when asking about dates of the DLC for Linux. So with that in mind, we should see same-day support for the DLC.

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Pangaea 12 May, 2020
Fuck me. 40 dollars, more than many brand new games cost, and all people get is a handful of leaders and civilisations. Big developers never fail to be dicks these days.

Civilisation 4 is the superior game anyway.
DMG 12 May, 2020
Quoting: Kimyrielle
Quoting: Breeze
Quoting: DMGDid they finally fixed AI or it still as bad as it was in beginning and question "what else can we do" was more about "how else we can milk money from those players, without fixing the game"?

The AI will always be bad because of how complex the game is.

I don't think I can agree with that. There is no reason why the diplomacy AI needs to behave like a drunkard, yet it has been doing that since Civ 1. Being best buddies in round N, then declaring war out of thin air in round N+1? Give me a break, that's not a game being too complex, that's just a badly written AI.

If you want an example of games WAY more complex than Civ 6, and still have an AI that doesn't do overly stupid things every other minute, just go look at any of Paradox's grand strategy titles.

About the packs. I dunno. I feel that Civ 6 already has plenty of Civilizations to pick from. The additional ones won't add a lot to the game. This is indeed more about milking every last possible drop before announcing Civ 7.

Completely agree with that. I could understand, if AI won't be as good, as human sometimes. But right now AI still acts so stupid, that there are just no excuses, why that could not be fixed. They just chasing for money, instead of making better current game. And same problem with all good games. For example, ARK, X4. All just chasing for more and more DLC to get more money, when games have so many bugs and problems from the first release.
chr 13 May, 2020
Quoting: DMG
Quoting: Kimyrielle
Quoting: Breeze
Quoting: DMGDid they finally fixed AI or it still as bad as it was in beginning and question "what else can we do" was more about "how else we can milk money from those players, without fixing the game"?

The AI will always be bad because of how complex the game is.

I don't think I can agree with that. There is no reason why the diplomacy AI needs to behave like a drunkard, yet it has been doing that since Civ 1. Being best buddies in round N, then declaring war out of thin air in round N+1? Give me a break, that's not a game being too complex, that's just a badly written AI.

If you want an example of games WAY more complex than Civ 6, and still have an AI that doesn't do overly stupid things every other minute, just go look at any of Paradox's grand strategy titles.

About the packs. I dunno. I feel that Civ 6 already has plenty of Civilizations to pick from. The additional ones won't add a lot to the game. This is indeed more about milking every last possible drop before announcing Civ 7.

Completely agree with that. I could understand, if AI won't be as good, as human sometimes. But right now AI still acts so stupid, that there are just no excuses, why that could not be fixed. They just chasing for money, instead of making better current game. And same problem with all good games. For example, ARK, X4. All just chasing for more and more DLC to get more money, when games have so many bugs and problems from the first release.

Just capitalism things. They will do as much bad and as little good as they think they might get away with if it is economically beneficial for the shareholders.


Last edited by chr on 13 May 2020 at 1:03 pm UTC
Nevertheless 22 May, 2020
Quoting: Liam DaweOkay, fair enough. I won't argue that point. I just think it's good Civ VI will be continuing to see updates and I am glad about that but I agree the situation elsewhere is not good and I hope they eventually say something in regards to the Borderlands 2/TPS situation.

Aspyr remains silent.. 2K and Firaxis announces a simultaneous release, but the first DLC released Windows only. Lots of questions were asked, mostly about Mac support, then finally @CivGame answered on Twitter.

"We're working with our partners at Aspyr to quickly bring Civilization VI - New Frontier Pass content to Mac and Linux and will share more soon."

https://twitter.com/CivGame/status/1263594157450264584

No word from Aspyr on Twitter or Steam.
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