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Sid Meier's CIVILIZATION VI: Gathering Storm
On November 20, 2018 2K announced a new expansion for Civilization VI titled Civilization VI: Gathering Storm. It is scheduled for release on February 14, 2019. The lead designer is Ed Beach, and the lead producer is Dennis Shirk. The Art Director is Jason Johnson, who also performed this function for the Rise & Fall expansion. Anton Strenger is a designer on the project.
- 8 New Civilizations
- 18 New Units
- New City Structures
- New Terrain Features
- 2 New Scenarios
- The Black Death
- War Machine
- Miscellaneous Changes
- Links to Previews
Volcanoes, storms (blizzards, sand storms, tornados, hurricanes), climate change, floods, and droughts periodically strike across the map. Rise in global temperatures due to use of Coal and Oil may cause polar ice to melt and sea levels to rise, flooding or even submerging coastal tiles.
Disaster Intensity setting is user-selectable (for those who want more or less of these effects). There are five settings, including Minimal, Normal, Heavy, and Hyperreal. (Hopefully, the fifth setting is "none".)
"When [storm] event occurs: - One of four possible storms (blizzard, dust storm, hurricane, or tornado) spawns based upon the terrain at the storm's origin. - Storms then move across the map for two more turns, causing damage to buildings and improvements and possibly adding fertility to affected tiles. As the global temperature from greenhouse gas emission into the atmosphere, the chance that a storm will occur increases. Using cleaner sources of energy reduces the global temperature increase and this mitigates the chance of storms." - (in-game tooltip)
Each of the storms has two different sizes. Hurricanes can sink ships at sea. Dust storms and hurricanes can add to the fertility of affected tiles. All storms can damage units, though according to Ed, Russian units are immune to Blizzards.
Hurricanes are named and characterized according to severity ("Category-4" is about three hexes across, and "Category-5" is about four hexes across).
Rivers (it appears all rivers) can periodically flood. Floods can destroy or pillage improvements, damage city and walls health, damage units, pillage districts and buildings, or destroy civilian units. They can also increase the yields of flooded tiles. Dam districts can control flooding.
Floods are characterized according to severity in three levels ("Major Flood, 1000 Year Flood").
When a drought event occurs:
- Farm, Camp, Plantation and Pasture improvements are pillaged.
- These improvements cannot be rebuilt until the Drought ends.
- All tiles affected by the Drought yield 1 less Food than usual.
Build an Aqueduct or Dam in your city to prevent the Food loss from Drought. Drought targets areas that are devoid of all Features. Keep some Woods, Rainforest, or Marsh near your cities to lessen the chance that Drought will strike.
"Another exciting new environmental effect is the addition of volcanoes. They offer some of the same risk/reward decisions as floods, with eruptions occurring periodically. When you see the magma spilling down the side of one of these you know there’s going to be damage to adjacent tiles. However, the long term benefits are there with the yields provided by the volcanic soil left behind. We have also been able to use volcanoes to add a level of realism to our map generation. We’ve always had continents in Civilization VI, but the geology didn’t necessarily correspond to continental boundaries as you might expect. We’ve updated all that so you’ll find the Mountain ranges you expect along these continental divides, as well as Volcanoes and Geothermal Fissures. We’ve also taken the Volcanoes we already had in our Natural Wonder system and made them really powerful." - Ed Beach
- Any features in tiles surrounding an erupting volcano will be wiped out, so they should be harvested as soon as possible.
- There are three levels of severity of volcanic eruptions.
- See also: Volcano
Sea Level Rise
As CO2 levels rise and the globe warms, there is a chance that Coastal Lowland tiles may be flooded or even submerged. Flooded tiles are pillaged, and cannot be repaired until the floods subside (or the city builds Flood Barriers). Submerged tiles cannot be recovered. Flood Barrier buildings prevent flooding, but increase in maintenance costs as seal levels rise. City center tiles cannot flood.
Nuclear Powerplants produce energy with no carbon emissions, but are subject to the risk of a nuclear accident. There are three levels of severity. Affected tiles will be irradiated for a number of turns. See Nuclear Powerplant.
"Strategic resources play an additional role in Gathering Storm. These resources are now consumed in power plants to generate electricity for your cities. Initially you’ll be powering your most advanced buildings by burning carbon-based resources like Coal and Oil, but renewable energy sources also unlock as you progress to current-day technologies. Your choices about resource usage will directly affect the world’s temperature and can cause melting ice caps and rising sea levels." -Ed Beach
Strategic resources nodes now contribute a per-turn yield to a global stockpile of each resource type, which is consumed both by one-time costs for building units, but also by per-turn upkeep costs for later units and for resource-consuming buildings such as powerplants. Upgrading units now also costs strategic resources (where applicable) in addition to Gold. In the announcement livestream gameplay, a single Iron deposit contributed 3 units of Iron per turn to the stockpile. It appears that 13 of the applicable resource is now required to build a unit, and 9 to upgrade. Units still require that there is at least 1 of a strategic resource in the stockpile in order to heal. The stockpile has a maximum capacity; in one shot it was 50, and in another 100, and it is increased with certain infrastructure:
- Barracks, Stables, Armories and Military Academies increase the stockpile by +10 each.
An example of a later unit that requires resource upkeep is the Biplane, which has no up-front resource cost to build, but which consumes 1 Oil per turn.
Providing power to a city still gives production boosts to buildings that require power. There are now at least three different versions of the Powerplant which consume different resources for power (Coal, Oil, and Uranium), as well as other districts and improvements that can provide power (hydroelectric dams, wind and solar farms, and geothermal powerplants).
The "warmongering" system has been replaced with a new system of Grievances. Each hostile act or broken promise is now remembered as a Grievance, and competing grievances are now taken into account when a third party judges whether or not to be angered by your actions. For example, if another civilization declared war on you, that act is weighed against your responses.
Grievances decay and disappear over time, but not while war is still ongoing.
Diplomatic Favor is a currency which works in opposition to Grievances. It is awarded from keeping promises, participating in Emergencies and other actions. It is a tradable currency that can also affect your influence over World Congress measures.
- Liberating a city earns 100 Diplomatic Favor and makes that city immune to Loyalty pressure from your cities and governors.
- You gain 1 Diplomatic Favor per turn for each City-State for which you are Suzerain.
- You earn some Diplomatic Favor per turn depending on your current government type.
- You earn 1 Diplomatic Favor per turn for each alliance that you have.
"Make your voice heard among the other leaders of the world. Earn Diplomatic Favor through Alliances, influencing city-states, competing in World Games, and more. Use Diplomatic Favor to extract promises from other leaders, vote on Resolutions, call a Special Session to address an emergency, and increase the weight of your votes in your quest to achieve the new Diplomatic Victory."
- Emergency system merged with World Congress Special Session; emergencies now voted on (including new disaster relief emergencies).
- Each civilization has one vote, but votes can be influenced by Diplomatic Favor.
- Available early in the game.
- UI shows timer to next regular meeting.
Rather than a "yes" or "no", resolutions have two different effects to choose from.
- World Religion: +10 Religious Combat Strength for this religion, or All players may condemn units of the chosen Religion, and doing so grants 25 Diplomatic Favor
- Luxury Policy: Ban luxury, or gain additional Amenities from duplicates of this luxury
- Migration Treaty: +20% population growth and -5 Loyalty to a civilization, or +5 Loyalty and -20% growth
- Heritage Organization: Double Tourism or eliminate Tourism from a type of Great Works
- Diplomatic Victory: Target leader gains 2 Diplomatic Victory Points, or loses 1 Diplomatic Victory Point
During this Emergency: Members have access to the Train Athletes Projects. Gain score by:
- Completing the Training Athletes project
- Maintaining Stadiums
- Maintaining Aquatic Centers
When the Competition completes, players will receive rewards based on their score.
- The player with the highest score will receive: 2 Tourism for each Campus
- Members within the top 25% of scores will receive: 50 Diplomatic Favor, 2 Tourism for each Stadium, 2 Tourism for each Aquatic Center
- Members within the next top 25% of scores will receive: 1 Tourism for each Stadium, 1 Tourism for each Aquatic Center
- Members with no score, or who are in the bottom 50% of scores, will receive nothing
Request for Aid - Disaster Relief
Assist a civilization that has recently suffered a natural disaster. During this Emergency, members have access to the Send Aid project. When time runs out, members will be rewarded based on their scores. Gain score by:
- Sending gifts of Gold to the target
- Completing the Send Aid project
Only the member with the highest score will receive: 1 Diplomatic Victory
Members within the top 25% of scores will receive: 100 Diplomatic Favor
Members within the next 25% of scores will receive: 50 Diplomatic Favor
Members with no score, or who are in the bottom 50% of scores, will receive nothing.
International Space Station
Nobel Peace Prize
"A new era has been added to the Technology and Civics trees. Combat new environmental effects with speculative ideas such as relocating your population out to seasteads and developing technologies to recapture carbon emissions."
Three new Tier IV governments are available for the new era. The known ones are:
- Synthetic Technocracy
- (Digital Democracy)
- (Corporate Libertarianism)
The new technologies and civics for the new Future era are said to be have randomized prerequisites. This seems incompatible with any kind of plausibility, but we will have to wait and see.
Science Victory Changes
It appears that the Mars Colony has been condensed into a single project, and there is a new Exoplanet Colony project.
For new Techs and Civics, see here.
- The Black Death: The Black Death ravaged Europe and western Asia in the mid-14thcentury, killing a greater share of the population than any other event in world history. The pandemic killed millions, ruined economies, upended political dynasties and transformed the face of the Western world. Your task is to lead your nation through the calamity: keep your population alive, your economy strong, and your faith unshaken amidst a world of terror and desperation.
- War Machine: At the outset of WWI, the German Imperial Army had a daring plan: invade neutral Belgium and then rush the French heartland before they could mobilize to resist. If successful, the German forces would capture Paris within a month and end their resistance forever. In counter, the French command prepared Plan 17, an all-out onslaught designed to meet and stop a German offensive. When war was declared, both armies swung into motion and set up one of the most incredible and shocking military campaigns in world history. In this scenario, players take the side of one of these two great powers at this same precipice. As Germany, your task is to capture Paris. As France, your task is to prevent its capture. The clock is ticking, and the enemy is moving. Advance!
- Improved Gameplay Systems: The Espionage system has been enhanced with new options, the Culture and Science Victories have been updated, new Historic Moments have been added, and additional improvements have been made to other existing systems.
- Alternate team "jerseys": each civilization has a number of alternate two-color sets for use as alternate colors when another civilization in that game (notably the player's) is too similar.
- On-Map Labels: Names for rivers, volcanoes, deserts, mountain ranges, national parks, and natural wonders
- UI Improvements: Build queue, build manager, Hall of Fame return
- Unit appearance upgrades: more ethnic/regional customizations and more prominent teamcolors
Gathering Storm adds 8 new civilizations plus an additional new leader, and "a total of nine unique units, four unique buildings, three unique improvements, two unique districts and one unique governor." Several of the existing civs/leaders have been modified for the expansion.
|Civilization||Icon||Leader||Historical Agenda||Unique Unit||Unique Infrastructure||Leader Bonus||Special Ability|
|Hungary||Matthias Corvinus||Raven Banner||Huszár||Thermal Bath building||The Raven King (Black Army unit)||Pearl of the Danube|
|Maori||Kupe||Kaitiakitanga||Toa/Pā||Marae building||Kupe's Voyage||Mana|
|Canada||Wilfrid Laurier||Canadian Expeditionary Force||Mountie||Ice Hockey Rink improvement||The Last Best West||Four Faces of Peace|
|Inca||Pachacuti||Sapa Inca||Warak'aq||Terrace Farm improvement||Qhapaq Ńan (improvement)||Mit'a|
|Mali||Mansa Musa||Lord of the Mines||Mandekalu Cavalry||Suguba district||Sahel Merchants||Songs of the Jeli|
|Sweden||Kristina||Patron of the Arts||Carolean||Open-Air Museum improvement||Minerva of the North (Queen's Biblotheque building)||Nobel Prize|
|(England/France*)||(Eleanor of Aquitane)||?||?||?||?||?|
Note: Items in parentheses are not yet confirmed, but were derived from
leaks that so far have been uncannily accurate.
*According to the leak info, Eleanor is an optional leader for both England and France.
- Pearl of the Danube (Hungary): +50% Production to Districts and Buildings constructed across a river from a City Center.
- Mana (Maori): Begin the game with the Sailing and Shipbuilding technologies unlocked and with the ability to enter Ocean tiles. Embarked units gain +5 Combat Strength and +2 Movement. Unimproved Woods and Rainforest are +1 Production, becoming +2 once the Conservation civic is unlocked. Fishing Boats provide +1 Food and a Culture Bomb to adjacent tiles. Resources cannot be harvested. Great Writers cannot be earned. (Note: features can still be removed, but the Maori do not get any yields for doing so.)
- Four Faces of Peace (Canada): Cannot declare war on City-States or surprise wars. Surprise Wars cannot be declared on Canada. For every 100 Tourism earn 1 Diplomatic Favor. Receive +100% Diplomatic Favor from successfully completing an Emergency or Scored Competition.
- Mit'a (Inca): Citizens may work Mountain tiles. Mountain tiles provide +2 Production. +1 Food to Mountain tiles for every adjacent Terrance Farm.
- Songs of the Jeli (Mali): City Centers gain +1 Faith and +1 Food for every adjacent Desert and Desert Hills tile. Mines receive -1 Production and +4 Gold. May purchase Commercial Hub district buildings with Faith. -30% Production when constructing buildings or training units.
- Nobel Prize (Sweden): Sweden gains 50 Diplomatic Favor when earning a Great Person. Sweden receives +1 Great Engineer point from Factories and +1 Great Scientist point from Universities. Having Sweden in the game adds three unique World Congress competitions (Nobel Prize) in the Industrial Era.
- The Raven King (Matthias Corvinus): Levied units gain an ability giving them +2 Movement and +5 Combat Strength. It costs no Gold or Resources to upgrade Levied units. If you Levy troops from a City-State, receive 2 Envoys with that City-State. Gain the Black Army unique unit when the Castles technology is researched.
- Kupe's Voyage (Kupe): Begin the game in an Ocean tile. Gain a free Builder and +1 Population when settling your first city. The Palace receives +3 Housing and +1 Amenity. +2 Science and +2 Culture per turn before you settle your first city.
- The Last Best West (Laurier): Allows Farms to be built on Tundra terrain. After Civil Engineering is unlocked Farms can be built on Tundra Hills. Reduces the cost of purchasing Snow, Snow Hills, Tundra Hills and Tundra tiles by 50%. +100% extraction rate of accumulated resources on Snow, Snow Hills, Tundra Hills and Tundra tiles.
- Qhapaq Ńan (Pachacuti): Domestic Trade Routes gain +1 Food for every Mountain tile in the origin city. Gain the Qhapaq Ńan improvement when Foreign Trade civic is discovered.
- Sahel Merchants (Mansa Musa): International Trade Routes gain +1 Gold for every flat Desert tile in the origin city. Receive +1 Trade Capacity every time you enter a Golden Age.
- Minerva of the North (Kristina): Buildings with at least three Great Work slots and wonders with at least two Great Work slots are automatically themed when they have all their slots filled. She may construct the Queen's Bibliotheque in the Government Plaza.
- Raven Banner (Matthias Corvinus): Levies troops from city-states. Likes civilizations that also use city-state troops, dislikes those that shun such mercenaries.
- Kaitiakitanga (Kupe): Kupe watches everyone's chops, national park/woods additions and CO2 emissions. Treat the planet well (or at least better than your neighbors) and he will like you.
- Canadian Expeditionary Force (Wilfrid Laurier): Likes civs who also respond to emergencies, dislikes those who don't participate.
- Sapa Inca (Pachacuti): Wants to settle near Mountains. Likes those who leave the areas near Mountains to him, dislikes those who also settle near Mountains.
- Lord of the Mines (Mansa Musa): Tries to maximize Gold output from cities and trade routes. Likes those who also do well in this regard.
- Patron of the Arts (Kristina): Wants to have more Great Works than anyone else. Likes those who leave the Great Works to her, dislikes those who also have many Great Works.
Changes to Existing Leaders/Civilizations
According to Ed, Civilizations with changes for new mechanics include: England, China, Zulu, Indonesia, Australia and Russia.
- England: British Museum has been replaced with Workshop of the World: Iron and Coal Mines accumulate 1 more resource per turn. +100% Production towards Military Engineers. Military Engineers receive +2 charges. Buildings that provide additional yields when Powered receive +2 of that yield.
- Russia: Russian units are immune to blizzard damage, while enemy units in Russian territory take double damage.
- China gets early access to Canal districts.
|City-State||Icon||Type||Unique Suzerain Bonus|
|Bologna||Scientific||Your districts with a building provide +1 Great Person point of their type.|
|Cahokia||Commercial||Your builders can now make Cahokia Mounds improvements.|
|Fez||Scientific||Each time you convert a city for the first time earn 20 Science per Population of that city.|
|Nazca||?||(Allows building the Nazca Line improvement)|
|Ngazargamu||Militaristic||Land combat or Support units are 20% cheaper to purchase with Gold for each Encampment district building in that city.|
|Rapa Nui||Cultural||Your builders can now make Moai improvements.|
There are 18 new units in the expansion, 9 of which are civilization unique units.
|Toa||Melee||Classical||?||2||40||-||-||-||?||?||?||UU for Maori; can build Pā|
|Waraq'aq||Recon||Medieval||(Machinery?)||3||20||40||1||-||?||?||-||UU for Inca; can attack twice|
|Black Army||Light Cavalry||Medieval||Castles||4||50||-||-||-||215||3 Gold||Horses||UU for Hungary; +strength adjacent to levies|
|Mandekalu Cavalry||Heavy Cavalry||Medieval||Stirrups||4||49||-||-||-||190||3 Gold||20 Horses||UU for Mali; protects Traders|
|Carolean||Anti-Cavalary||Renaissance||Metal Casting||3||55||-||-||-||?||?||?||UU for Sweden|
|Huszár||Light Cavalry||Industrial||Military Science||5||65||-||-||-||?||?||Niter||UU for Hungary; bonuses for Alliances|
|Cuirassier||Heavy Cavalry||Industrial||Ballistics||4||64||-||-||-||330||4 Gold||Niter|
|Mountie||Light Cavalry||Modern||Conservation||5||60||-||-||-||400||3 Gold||-||UU for Canada, eh|
|Giant Death Robot||GDR||Information||Robotics||5||130||120||3||?||1500||15 Gold
|1 Uranium||Can be upgraded with future techs|
|Rock Band||Civilian||Atomic||Cold War||4||-||-||-||-||?||?||-||Purchased with Faith|
*Cost in Production (buyout cost in Gold is usually the same) or Faith for religious units
Unique Units can now require Strategic Resources, where applicable.
Changes to existing units (changes in red):
|Knight||Heavy Cavalry||Medieval||Stirrups||4||48||-||-||-||180||3 Gold||13 Horses|
|Frigate||Naval Ranged||Renaissance||Square Rigging||4||45||55||2||-||280||5 Gold||13 Niter|
|Biplane||Air Fighter||Modern||Flight||-||80||75||4||-||430||6 Gold
|Fighter||Air Fighter||Atomic||Advanced Flight||-||100||100||5||-||520||7 Gold
|Bomber||Air Bomber||Atomic||Advanced Flight||-||85||110||10||-||560||7 Gold
|Aircraft Carrier||Naval Carrier||Atomic||Combined Arms||3||65||-||-||-||540||7 Gold||- (no Oil)||2 air
|Modern Armor||Heavy Cavalry||Information||Composites||4||?||-||-||-||?||? Gold
*Cost in Production (buyout cost in Gold is usually the same) or Faith for religious units
Move: 2; Melee Strength: 40
Notes: Unique unit for Maori. Can build the Pā improvement. Has Haka War Dance ability, which weakens adjacent enemy units by -5 combat strength. Each Toa appears to have 1 build charge for creating Pā. It appears as if the Toa replaces the Swordsman, since the Swordsman was missing from the Maori tech tree, but it is currently unknown where the Toa is unlocked.
Move: 5; Combat Strength: 44
Requires: Castles; Upgrades to: Cavalry
Notes: A new medieval light cavalry unit to fill the gap between Horseman and Cavalry.
Move: 3; Melee Strength: 20; Ranged Strength: 30; Range: 1
Notes: A new Medieval era Recon unit to fill the gap between the Scout and the Ranger.
Move: 3; Melee Strength: 20; Ranged Strength: 40; Range: 1
Notes: Unique unit for Inca; replaces Skirmisher. Can attack twice per turn if it hasn't used all of its movement points.
Move: 4; Melee Strength: 50
Requires: Castles, Horses; Upgrades to: Huszár
Notes: Unique unit for Matthias Corvinus (Hungary); replaces Courser. Gains +3 combat strength for each adjacent Levied unit from City-States.
Move: 4; Combat Strength: 49
"Mali unique Medieval Era unit that replaces the Knight. Trader units are immune to being plundered in they are within 4 tiles of a Mandekalu Cavalry and on a land tile. Combat victories provide Gold equal to 100% of that units base Combat Strength.
Move: 3; Combat Strength: 55
Requires: Metal Casting
"Swedish unique Renaissance Era unit that replaces the Pike and Shot. +3 Combat Strength per unused Movement."
Notes: Looks like a reskin of the Redcoat.
Move: 5; Combat Strength: 65
Requires: Military Science
Notes: Unique unit for Hungary; replaces Cavalry. Receives a +3 combat bonus for each active Alliance.
Move: 4; Combat Strength: 64
Requires: Ballistics, Niter
Notes: A new heavy cavalry unit between Knights and Tanks.
Move: 5; Combat Strength: 130; Ranged Strength: 120; Range: 3
Requires: Robotics; Base Cost: 1500 Production, 1 Uranium; Maintenance: 15 Gold, 3 Uranium per turn
"Information Era Super-Unit. Able to jump over mountains and wade in shallow water. Combat abilities can be upgraded by researching future technologies.
Notes: Resistant to nuclear weapons. Cannot form Corps or Armies, or gain promotions. Instead of a promotion tree, it was researchable upgrades. Upgrades include: increased AA, increased movement, increased defense, and particle cannon. The appearance of the GDR changes with each upgrade. The jump ability will be part of the movement upgrade.
Maori Embarked Units
Notes: The Maori have custom graphics for their embarked units and their embarked Settler. Maori embarked units have +5 Combat Strength and +2 Movement. It appears that civilian embarked units include at least one light blue boat.
Move: 5; Combat Strength: 60
Notes: Canadian unique Modern era unit. Can create a National Park. +5 Combat Strength when fighting within 2 tiles of a National Park. Additional +5 Combat Strength when fighting within 2 tiles of a National Park you own.
Move: 4; (Civilian unit)
Requires: Cold War
"Can perform a rock concert at a valid venue, including at World Wonders, at a District with one of the required buildings, or at a special target allowed by one of the band's promotions. Their Album Sales stat is the expected Tourism strength at their next concert. After performing concerts their Album Sales and Rock Band Level may increase. Must be purchased with Faith. Cannot perform on the same tile twice."
Notes: Gives performances in foreign territory, spreading Tourism. In the sample game, the costs for each successive Rock Band were (in Faith): 535, 600, 670, 735
Known Rock Band Promotions (there are 12 total):
- Album Cover Art: Performs as if 2 levels more experienced on wonder tiles.
- Goes to 11: Civilizations within 10 tiles receive 50% of the Tourism from this concert.
- Music Festival: Performs at National Parks for expected 1000 Tourism and 1 level more experienced.
- Glam Rock: Performs as if 2 levels more experienced on Theater Square district tiles.
- Indie: Performing a concert causes that city to lose 50 Loyalty.
- Arena Rock: Performs as if 2 levels more experienced on Entertainment Complex tiles.
- Religious Rock: Performs a concert that converts the majority religion of that city to the religion founded by the player.
- Space Rock: Performs at Spaceports for expected 1000 Tourism and 1 level more experienced.
Notes: Looks like a Skirmisher variant; has the same black scarf/mask. Could be a unique unit or just a regional variant.
Notes: A concept from the leaked "Vesuvius" presentation. It is not known whether this is actually in game.
Gathering Storm adds 5 new districts (two of which are civ unique) and 9 new buildings (4 of which are civ unique).
Requires: Buttress (new technology)
Base Cost: 81 Production
Yield: +4 Housing, +2 Amenities
"A district built on a Floodplains tile to improve the comfort of living along this river. Prevents damage from flooding of this river. Prevents Food loss during Drought. Only one may be built along each river's floodplain (whichever player completes one first) and the river must traverse at least two sides of the Dam hex.
"Finishing a Dam in a city is great: it provides the city with a nice reservoir that boosts your Housing and Amenities. (Later in the game you can add a hydroelectric station to your Dam to generate clean electricity as part of the Power system added with Gathering Storm.)" - Ed Beach
Notes: Available in late Classical era. Provides flood control and fresh water, as well as Housing and Amenities. Later Hydroelectric Station upgrade, which is probably a building. (As several observers have noted, the dam graphic was curving in the wrong direction, but this was fixed as of the 13-Dec livestream.)
- Since a Dam prevents floods, it will also prevent improvement of flood plains tiles, so you may want to wait until after several floods to build a Dam.
- Pillaging a Dam causes the river to flood.
- There is a new espionage mission to pillage a Dam.
- Military Engineers can use their charges to add 20% to the construction of a Dam
Hydroelectric Power Plant
Notes: A building for the Dam district that generates power.
Requires: Steam Power
Base Cost: 81 Production
"A district build on flat land to connect two bodies of water or a body of water to a City Center. Canals may either to straight through the hex or bend by 60 degrees. However three-way Canal junctures are not allowed.
"...the Canal district ... is something we’ve seen asked for again and again, and we are excited to bring it to fruition in this expansion. There are actually three parts to this. First, we have taken our player’s existing use of cities on one-tile wide isthmuses (what our fans call “canal cities”) and officially recognized these features with the art on the map (which shows a navigable channel through these cities). The second part is the introduction of the Canal district. It’s another tile that provides navigation and since it can connect into cities you can actually use two of them around a city center to create a 3-tile wide path between bodies of water. But why stop there? Here on the Civilization VI team we have heard about “a man, a plan, a canal, Panama” so we felt it was pretty imperative to have a Panama Canal wonder. There’s an achievement in Gathering Storm for creating a full 7-tile navigable path using Canal districts, cities, and this wonder together." - Ed Beach
- Unlocked with Steam Power.
- Must be on flat land adjacent to city center and water, and must connect two bodies of water.
- Can build more than 1 canal per city, but cannot connect to another canal (except the Panama Canal Wonder).
- Can only extend 1 tile from the city center.
- No 3-way connections.
- Military Engineers can use their charges to add 20% to the construction of a Canal.
Industrial Zone Changes
There are now at least three types of Power Plant (Coal, Oil, and Nuclear). Each new technology adds a Conversion project to let you convert from one type of power plant to another. Modern buildings that require power will have their yields roughly halved if they are not fully powered.
Requires: Industrialization, Factory
Base Cost: 300 Production; Maintenance: 3 Gold
Yield: +1 Production, +1 Citizen Slot, +1 Great Engineer point per turn
"Automatically converts any amount of Coal into Power for cities within 6 tiles that need it each turn, at the rate of 1 Coal -> 4 Power, Heavy CO2 into the atmosphere. The Production bonus is extended to all City Centers within 6 tiles. It applies once to a city, and multiple copies of this building with 6 tiles of a City Center do not provide additional bonuses."
Requires: Electricity, Factory
Base Cost: 450 Production; Maintenance: 3 Gold
Yield: +2 Production, +1 Citizen Slot, +1 Great Engineer point per turn
"Automatically converts any amount of Oil into Power for cities within 6 tiles than need it each turn, at the rate of 1 Oil -> 4 Power, Moderate CO2 into the atmosphere. The Production bonus is extended to all City Centers within 6 tiles. It applies once to a city, and multiple copies of this building with 6 tiles of a City Center do not provide additional bonuses."
Convert to Oil Power Project: Bas Cost 300 Production
Notes: Graphically this one is a bit confusing, because the icon for the Oil Plant looks more like the graphic for the Coal Plant than the Coal Plant icon does.
Requires: Nuclear Fission, Factory
"Automatically converts any amount of Uranium into Power for cities within 6 tiles that need it each turn, at the rate of 1 Uranium -> 4 Power, Miniscule CO2 into the atmosphere. The Production bonus is extended to all City Centers within 6 tiles. It applies once to a city, and multiple copies of this building with 6 tiles of a City Center do not provide additional bonuses."
Convert to Nuclear Power Project: Bas Cost 400 Production
Notes: Produces "miniscule" carbon emissions, but comes with the risk of a nuclear accident. The risk increases as the power plant ages. This risk can be mitigated by periodically using the Recommission Reactor project, which resets the "accident timer." The graphic is the same as the current generic power plant.
New Entertainment Complex Buildings
Base Cost: 445 Production; Maintenance: 2 Gold
Yield: +2 Production, +2 Amenities from entertainment
Requires: Arena, Entertainment Complex
Notes: Unique building for Hungary; replaces Zoo. Thermal Baths provide +2 Amenities and +2 Production to every City Center within its 6 tiles. These bonuses apply once to a city, and multiple copies of this building within 6 tiles of a city do not provide additional bonuses. If there is a Geothermal Fissure within the same City’s borders, the Thermal Bath provides +2 Amenities and +3 Tourism.
New Theater Square Buildings
Requires: Theater Square
Notes: Unique building for Maori; replaces Amphitheater. Yields +2 Culture and Faith to all of this city's tiles with a passable feature. After Flight is researched receive +2 Tourism to all of this city's tiles with a feature. Costs no maintenance. Has no Great Work slots.
New Government Plaza Buildings
Requires: Audience Chamber, Ancestral Hall or Warlord's Throne
Base Cost: 217 Production; Maintenance: 2 Gold
"A building unique to Sweden. This building provides 2 slots [each] of Writing, Music and any type of Art. Awards +1 Governor Title. Unlocks the Mercantile Legacy Policy Card."
Yield: +2 Great Artist, Great Writer, and Great Musician points per turn
Notes: Tier 2 unique Government Plaza building for Sweden. Note that because of Kristina's unique ability, if all 6 slots are filled it is automatically themed.
Base Cost: 27 Production
"Units, Buildings, and Districts are 20% cheaper to purchase with Gold and Faith in this City. +2 Gold bonus for each adjacent Holy Site. +2 Gold bonus from a tile containing a River edge. +1 Gold bonus for every two adjacent district tiles."
Notes: Unique Mali replacement for the Commercial Hub.
Adds +2 Gold to adjacent Commercial Hub
Notes: Presumably a unique Harbor replacement for Carthage/Phoenicia. Mentioned in the tooltip for the Commercial Hub.
New City Center Buildings
Requires: Computers, one or more Coastal Lowland tiles.
Base Cost: 100 production; Maintenance: 1 Gold
"Protects Coastal Lowland tiles in this city from flooding. Initial build cost and per turn maintenance are variable based on the number of Coastal Lowlands in this city and the current sea level. If constructed after some of a city's tiles have been flooded, those tiles can be repaired in full. Submerged tiles however are never recoverable. Will not be pillaged if the city is captured."
Notes: This is a building, technically built in the City Center district, even though the graphic appears on the coast. Maintenance cost increases as sea levels rise.
Changes to Existing Buildings
- All Walls now provide +100 Outer Defense.
- Aqueduct now also provides +1 Amenity if adjacent to a Geothermal Fissure, and prevents Food loss during a Drought.
- Research Lab has a Power Load of 3 and yields +5 additional Science when Powered
- Broadcast Center has a Power Load of 3 and yields +4 additional Culture when Powered
- Barracks, Stable, Armory and Military Academy each add +10 to the Strategic Resource Stockpile
Gathering Storm adds 7 new World Wonders.
Notes: Spans a water hex between two land tiles, allowing land units to cross. It boosts Tourism from improvements and national parks, grants Amenities, and boosts local tile Appeal.
Requires: Steam Power
Base cost: 920 Production
"Upon completion 1 or 2 adjacent Canal districts are automatically constructed. The Canal wonder tile can now be crossed by naval units. Must be built on a flat land tile where there are two adjacent tiles directly across the build tile from one another that meet the following criteria: one adjacent tile must be able to legally hold a Canal district connecting into the Panama Canal construction tile; the other must be either a city, a water tile, or be another tile that can hold a connecting Canal."
Notes: Provides extra gold for Trade Routes that cross it.
Notes: Built on a mountain tile. Grants Gold and adjacency bonuses for Commercial, Theater and Industrial districts near mountains.
Notes: This is the Hungarian parliament building, located in Budapest. Must be built on a river. Provides Culture, plus Diplomatic Favor each turn when suzerain of a City-State.
Requires: Education; Must be built on Desert or Desert Hills, adjacent to a
Campus district with a University.
Base Cost: 710 Production
Yield: +3 Science, +1 Faith, +2 Great Scientists points per turn
"Other Civilizations' Trade Routes to this city provide +1 Science and +1 Gold for them. +2 Science for every Trade Route to this city. Domestic Trade Routes give an additional +1 Faith to this city."
Requires: Civil Service
Notes: Vaguely resembles a certain style of Indian temple.
Gathering Storm adds 15 new tile improvements, of which 4 are civ unique.
"Acts as a movement portal on a mountain range, allowing units to move into it and exit from another portal at the cost of 2 Movement. Can only be built on an adjacent Mountain tile. Cannot be pillaged or removed.
Notes: Created by the Military Engineer.
Notes: Railroads can be built by Military Engineers. Trade Routes that follow railroads earn additional Gold. Railroads do not cost Build charges, but each tile costs 1 Iron and 1 Coal.
Yield: +1 Production, +3 Gold
Notes: Land version.
(Offshore Wind Farm)
Requires: (some Future Era tech)
Notes: The offshore version is a separate improvement that requires a different technology (similar to oil wells and offshore rigs).
Requires: Synthetic Materials
Yield: +2 Production, +1 Science
"Combat new environmental effects with speculative ideas such as
relocating your population out to seasteads and developing technologies
to recapture carbon emissions."
Notes: Provides Housing.
Notes: Unique improvement for Maori, created by the Toa unit. Adds +4 defense strength and heals a unit if it ends the turn on its tile.
Notes: Buildable by the Suzerain of Nazca. Requires desert tiles. Makes the tile unworkable, but increases the yields of surrounding tiles.
"Moai provide +1 Culture, +1 Culture for every 2 adjacent Moai, +2 Culture if
on or adjacent to a Volcanic Soil tile. +1 Culture if on or adjacent to a Coast
or Lake tile. Additional Culture and Tourism as you advance through the Civics
and Technology tree. Can be built on Plains, Plains Hills, Grassland, Grassland
Hills, or Volcanic Soil. Cannot be placed adjacent to a Woods or Rainforest
Notes: This improvement is enabled by becoming suzerain of the Rapa Nui city-state.
"+1 Amenity, +1 Culture for each adjacent Tundra, Tundra Hills, Snow, and
Snow Hills tile. Provides Tourism from Culture once Flight is unlocked. +2 Food
and Production once the Professional Sports civic is unlocked. +4 Culture if
adjacent to a Stadium building. Can be built on Tundra, Tundra Hills, Snow, and
Snow Hills. One per city. +2 Appeal."
Notes: Unique improvement for Canada.
"+1 Food. Provides +1 Housing for every two Terrace Farms. +1 Food for each
adjacent Mountain tile. Gain +2 Production for each adjacent Aqueduct district.
Receive +1 Production if adjacent to Fresh Water and not an Aqueduct district.
Additional Food as you advance through the Civics and Technology trees for
adjacency with other Terrace farms. Can be placed on Grassland Hills, Plains
Hills, and Desert Hills.
Notes: Terrace Farms count as Farms in terms of tech upgrades and adjacency bonuses.
Requires: Foreign Trade
"Acts as a movement portal on a mountain range, allowing units to move into it and exit from another portal at the cost of 2 Movement. Can only be built on an adjacent Mountain tile. Cannot be pillaged or removed.
Notes: Inca unique version of the Mountain Tunnel, but available earlier. The Qhapaq Ńan (or "beautiful road") is not a tunnel, but instead a system of mountain pathways that performs the same function.
Requires: Professional Sports
Notes: This appears to be an improvement unlocked at the Professional Sports civic.
"Cahokia Mounds provide +3 Gold. Cities receive +1 Amenity from their first
Cahokia Mound improvement. Upon discovering Natural History, cities receive +1
Amenity from their second Cahokia Mound improvement. +1 Food for every 2
adjacent Districts once Feudalism is discovered or for every adjacent District
once Replaceable Parts is researched. Provides +1 Housing. Receive an additional
Housing once Cultural Heritage is discovered. Cannot be built adjacent to other
Notes: Requires being the suzerain of the Cahokia city-state.
"Provides +2 Loyalty per turn in this city. +2 Culture and +2 Tourism for
each type of terrain (Snow, Tundra, Desert, Plains or Grassland) in which at
least one Swedish city is founded. One per city. Tiles with Open-Air Museums
cannot be swapped."
Notes: Unique improvement for Sweden.
This is a holding location for structures that are not yet clearly identified as Wonders, Districts or Improvements.
Floodplains are now dynamic, with variable fertility depending on flood activity. Volcanic soil probably has a similar variable mechanic. Some terrain features are now named and the name is displayed on the map.
"Every time a new feature – river, volcano, mountain range, or desert – is discovered, it is named after the discovering civ." - Ed Beach.
Notes: A volcano can be dormant or active, the latter of which is more likely to erupt. Eruptions are destructive (they can damage structures and will wipe out any features or resources in affected tiles) but can enrich surrounding soil. Volcanoes count as a feature on top of a Mountain, so all mountain properties apply.
Notes: Volcanic Soil is deposited around a volcano when it erupts.
Yield: +1 Science
Notes: Can be improved with a Geothermal Power Plant. Adds +1 Amenities to adjacent Aqueduct districts (heating baths).
Strategic resources now give a per-turn yield towards a stockpile, which is consumed by building new units and by per-turn upkeep of later units and some structures (like coal and oil powerplants).
Gathering Storm adds 7 new Natural Wonders. The yield bonuses for existing volcanic natural wonder tiles have now been mostly transferred to the Volcanic Soil tiles around them.
"We’ve also taken the Volcanoes we already had in our Natural Wonder system and made them really powerful." - Ed Beach
Notes: The code name of the expansion during development was "Vesuvius."
Notes: This is a standing stone feature in the desert near Farafra, Egypt. Appears to be a four-tile natural wonder that yields +4 Gold, +1 Science and +1 Culture.
Each tile adds +2 Gold to adjacent Commercial Hub, +2 Science to adjacent
Campus, +2 Culture to adjacent Theater Square, and +1 Faith to adjacent Holy
"Two tile impassable natural wonder. +1 Amenity. It provides an additional Amenity if adjacent to an Entertainment Complex. Major adjacency bonus to Theater Square, Campus and Commerical Hub districts. Standard adjacency bonus to the Holy Site distrit. It provides Fresh Water."
Notes: a geothermal feature in Turkey.
"One tile impassable natural wonder. +50% Production when producing Wonders and districts in adjacent tiles. It provides Fresh Water."
Notes: This formation appears to be a new Natural Wonder. It has been suggested that this is the Chocolate Hills, a geological feature of the Phillipines.
(Icelandic Volcano The Name of Which Ed Beach Won't Even Try To Pronounce)
Notes: I thought that Ed might mean Eyjafjallajökull, but that is an existing natural wonder, introduced in the Viking DLC. This volcano has the same two-hex layout, but doesn't look exactly the same, so it's not clear whether this is new natural wonder or a revamp of an existing one. If the latter, it probably doesn't count as one of the 7 new natural wonders in the expansion.
(unknown natural wonder)
- Horses are now revealed by Animal Husbandry.
- New Spy promotions (Counter-espionage) and missions (Breach Dam).
- Trade Routes now earn increased Gold if a large percentage of the route is over water, canals, railroads, or mountain tunnels.
- Commercial City-States now add Lighthouses and Shipyards to the bonus 3 and 6 Envoy bonus gold in addition to Markets and Banks.
Changes and additions are noted in red. Compare the Rise and Fall versions here.
- Magnus the Steward
+100%+50% yields from plot harvests and feature removals in the city.
- Surplus Logistics: +20% Growth in the city. Your Trade Routes ending here provide +2 Food to the starting city.
+20% Production toward Industrial Zone buildings in the city.Settlers trained in the city do not consume a Population.
+1 Production per turn from each Strategic resource in the city.Increases the Power provided by each resource of the Coal Power Plant, Oil Power Plant, and Nuclear Power Plant by 1 and the Production by 2.
- Black Marketeer: Strategic resource
s are not required in the city to build resource dependent unitscosts for units are discounted 80%.
- Vertical Integration: This city receives Production from any number of nearby Industrial Zones, not just the first.
- Liang the Surveyor
- Guildmaster: All Builders trained in the city get +1 build charge.
Infrastructure: +30% Production towards City Center and Government Plaza buildings.
- Zoning Commissioner:
+30%+20% Production towards constructing Districts in the city.
- Reinforced Materials: This City's improvements, buildings, and districts cannot be damaged by Environmental Effects.
- Aquaculture: The Fishery unique improvement can be built in the city on coastal plots. Yields 1 Food, +1 Food if adjacent to a sea resource.
- Water Works: +2 Housing for every Neighborhood and Aqueduct district in this city. +1 Amenity for every Canal and Dam district in this city.
Amusement: +30% Production towards Entertainment Complex and Water Park buildings in the city.
- Parks and Recreation: The City Park unique improvement can be built in the city. Yields 2 Appeal and 1 Culture. +1 Amenity if adjacent to (lake or ocean).
- Victor the Castellan
- Redoubt: Increases city garrison Combat Strength by +5. Establishes in 3 turns.
- Garrison Commander: Units defending within the city's territory get +5 Combat Strength. Your other cities within 9 tiles gain +4 Loyalty per turn towards your civilization.
- Defense Logistics: City cannot be put under siege. Accumulating Strategic resources in this city gain an additional +1 per turn.
- Embrasure: City gains an additional Ranged Strike per turn. Military units trained in this city start with a free promotion that do not already start with a free promotion.
Security ExpertArms Race Proponent: 30% Production increase to all nuclear armament projects in the city.
- Air Defense Initiative: +25 Combat Strength to anti-air support units within the city's territory when defending against aircraft and ICBM's.
- Amani the Diplomat
PrestigeLocal Informants: (Reduces effectiveness of enemy Spies in City-State)
- Moksha the Cardinal
- Bishop: Religious pressure to adjacent cities is 100% stronger from this city.
- Grand Inquisitor: +10 Religious Strength in theological combat in tiles of this city.
- Laying On Of Hands: All Governor's units heal fully in one turn in tiles of this city.
- Citadel of God: City ignores religious pressure from Religions not founded by the Governor's player. Gain Faith equal to 25% of the construction cost when finishing buildings.
- Patron Saint: Apostles and Warrior Monks trained in the city receive 1 extra promotion when receiving their first promotion.
- Divine Architect:
+20% Production toward Holy Site buildings in the city.Allows city to purchase districts with Faith.
- Pingala the Educator
20%15% increase in Science and Culture generated by the city.
+20% Production towards Theater Square buildings in the city.+1 Culture per turn for each Citizen in the city.
+20% Production towards Campus buildings in the city.+1 Science per turn for each Citizen in the city.
- Grants: +100% Great People points generated per turn in the city.
Arms Race ProponentCurator: +100% Tourism from Great Works of Art, Music, and Writing in the city.
- Space Initiative: 30% Production increase to all space-program projects in the city.
- Reyna the Financier
- Land Acquisition
Foreign ExchangeForestry Management
- Tax Collector
Here is the currently known version of the updated tech tree:
- 9 new Technologies have been added, including Buttress, Global Warming Mitigation, Cybernetics.
- New technology: "Buttress"; requires Shipbuilding and Mathematics; unlocks Dam district and Hagia Sophia; leads to Cartography
- Steam Power now unlocks the Panama Canal wonder, Canal district and Railroad improvement
- Ballistics now unlocks a new unit (Cuirassier)
- Industrialization now unlocks Coat Powerplant and the Convert to Coal Power city project
- Machinery now unlocks the Skirmisher unit
- Production overflow no longer double-dips from production modifiers.
- Computers now unlocks the Flood Barrier.
- The boost for Computers is now "Adopt a government with 8 inherent [policy slots]." Previously was "Have a government with 8 policy slots."
- Pottery now unlocks the Great Bath wonder.
- Chemistry now unlocks the Mountain Tunnel improvement.
- Electricity now unlocks the Hydroelectric Dam and the Convert to Oil Power project.
- Robots now unlocks a new unit (Giant Death Robot).
- Engineering now unlocks the Machu Picchu wonder.
- Nanotechnology now unlocks the Mars Colony project.
Civics Tree Changes
- 10 new Civics have been added, including: Cultural Hegemony, Environmentalism, Optimization Imperative, Distributed Sovereignty.
- There is a new unknown world wonder at Civil Service.
- Professional Sports now unlocks the (Ski Resort) improvement.
- Cold War now unlocks the Rock Band unit.
- Rapid Deployment now unlocks the Amundsen-Scott Research Station.
11/20 Announcement video - full 24 hour snoozefest (Twitch.tv)
11/20 Announcement video - gameplay only (YouTube) / (1080p version)
11/20 8 Big Changes in Civilization 6: Gathering Storm (PCGamesN)
11/27 Matthias Corvinus Leads Hungary - First Look: Hungary (YouTube)
11/29 Hungary Gameplay Livestream (Twitch.tv) (YouTube)
12/03 Hungary First Listen (YouTube)
12/04 Kupe Leads the Maori - First Look: Maori (YouTube)
12/04 On Bringing the Maori to Civilization VI (DigitallyDownloaded.net)
12/05 Maori First Listen (YouTube)
12/06 Maori Gameplay Livestream (YouTube)
12/07 Panama Canal wonder animation (Twitter)
12/11 Wilfrid Laurier Leads Canada - First Look: Canada (YouTube)
12/12 Canada First Listen (YouTube)
12/12 Golden Gate Bridge wonder animation (Twitter)
12/13 Canada Gameplay Livestream (YouTube)
12/18 Pachacuti leads Inca - First Look: Inca (YouTube)
12/19 Machu Picchu wonder animation (Twitter)
12/19 Inca First Listen (YouTube)
12/20 Inca Gameplay Livestream (Twitch) (YouTube)
12/26 Országház wonder animation (Twitter)
12/27 Volcano animation (Twitter)
01/03 Flooding animation (Twitter)
01/04 Canals animation (Twitter)
01/08 Mansa Musa Leads Mali / First Look: Mali (YouTube)
01/09 University of Sankore wonder animation (Twitter)
01/09 Mali First Listen (YouTube)
01/10 Mali Gameplay Livestream (YouTube)
01/15 Kristina Leads Sweden / First Look: Sweden (YouTube)