Skip to main content

'Civilization VI' bulks up for winter with Poland, Viking scenario packs

CIVILIZATION VI – First Look: Poland
Developer Firaxis updated its 4X strategy game Civilization VI with Poland and Viking Scenario Packs, which arrive this week alongside a wide range of bugfixes and balance tweaks.

In addition to serving as a backdrop for the Scenario Pack, Poland emerges as a playable Civilization with Firaxis’ latest update, giving veteran players a new challenge based on 14th-century historical events.

Civilization VI‘s new Poland Civilization & Scenario Pack puts players in control of Jadwiga, Poland’s first female monarch. In addition to getting a new playable civilization, players who purchase the content pack will also unlock the Jadwiga’s Legacy scenario, the Winged Hussar unit, and the Sukiennice building type.

Jadwiga players will enjoy a variety of exclusive perks on the battlefield, including a “Golden Liberty” ability that enables automatic territory expansion upon building a fort or encampment. The Golden Liberty skill additionally allows players to spread their religions to nearby territories, expanding their reign while ensuring bonus faith, culture, and gold resources.

Also available for purchase this week is the Vikings Scenario Pack, which introduces “the most detailed scenario released yet for Civilization VI,” along with three new natural wonders and six new city-states.

This week’s free Winter Update further tweaks the core Civilization VI experience with new features like an “alert” action that puts friendly units to sleep until they spot an enemy unit, giving players more options during battle. Other additions arriving alongside the Winter Update include a brand-new Earth map, a scenario setup menu, and a replay option for wonder completion movies.

The Vikings Scenario Pack and the Poland Civilization & Scenario Pack are priced at $5 apiece and are included as part of the Civilization VI Digital Deluxe Edition.

Editors' Recommendations

Danny Cowan
Danny’s passion for video games was ignited upon his first encounter with Nintendo’s Duck Hunt, and years later, he still…
Multiple rulers confirmed: Pericles, Gorgo both lead Greece in ‘Civilization VI’
civ vi gorgo greece feat

By revealing Queen Gorgo of Sparta as an alternate leader for Greece, Firaxis Games has confirmed what many Civilization VI fans (including us) had already inferred: The upcoming game will feature multiple leaders for its civilizations. Chosen at the start of the game, different leaders swap one of the civilizations unique abilities for an alternative that shifts its focus while maintaining its overall contours.

Gorgo was Queen of the warlike Greek city-state of Sparta in the early part of the 5th century B.C. She was the only child of King Cleomenes, wife of King Leonidas (famous for leading the 300 Spartans to their death against the Persians in the Battle of Thermopylae) and mother of King Pleistarchus. She is one of the few powerful women mentioned by the historian Herodotus, who praised her sound judgment and firm leadership, which is particularly notable given the generally pervasive misogyny of the culture during that period. Plutarch also noted that she had that famous, dry Spartan wit: "When asked by a woman from Attica, 'Why are you Spartan women the only ones who can rule men?' she said: 'Because we are also the only ones who give birth to men.'"

Read more
Play 'Civilization VI' live with us on Twitch
civilization vi system requirements revealed ahead of october launch civ6req

For 25 years, Sid Meier's Civilization series has been a pillar of PC gaming. Few games, if any, have captured its epic scope, spanning the whole world and the entirety of human history. Civilization VI launches later in October, but we have been fortunate enough to get our hands on a preview build and tinker with it for the last week.

Join me live on Twitch at 11 a.m. ET and we will rewrite history together. We'll check out this long-anticipated game in action and give you a preview of my still-forming opinions about it in anticipation of our full review and guide when it arrives fully in October.

Read more
Can your PC handle ‘Civilization VI’?
civilization vi system requirements revealed ahead of october launch civ6req

Publisher 2K Games has announced the system requirements for its upcoming 4X strategy game Civilization VI, giving series fans a heads up on the hardware required to run the latest entry in Sid Meier's long-running franchise.

Civilization VI demands little in the way of hardware horsepower compared with other upcoming PC games like Mafia III and Battlefield 1, but players will still need a decent CPU and video card in order to run the game at max settings.

Read more