Like other Firaxis games before it, Civilization VI will be getting an expansion soon. Pretty soon in fact, as Rise and Fall will be releasing on February 8. This is the first major expansion for 2016’s top strategy game, and aside from bringing new gameplay ideas to the table like Loyalty and tweaking the way Golden Ages work in the game, amongst other things, the Rise and Fall expansion brings several new leaders to the game.
These include the likes of Ghenghis Khan, Queen Wilhelmina, and Poundmaker of the Cree, a native American civilization which features in a Civilization game for the first time and has already sparked controversy due to its portrayal in Firaxis’ upcoming expansion.
And the latest addition to Civilization 6’s roster is Scotland, which is led by historical character Robert the Bruce. This is a man famous for leading the Scots back in the 13th century in a war of independence against England. He was immortalised in Mel Gibson’s movie Braveheart, and like in the 1995 film, Robert the Bruce is a leader who excels when it comes to going to war with other civs in the game.
This is because you will be able to declare a “War of Liberation” when playing as Scotland in Civilization VI, gaining production bonuses in cities and extra movement points for your units, something that could tilt things in your favour if you’re the sort of player who’s enjoys going for a military victory in the game.
Scotland’s special unit, the Highlander, also helps in this purpose as it excels at fighting other units in woods and hills, which could be a huge advantage depending on the kind of terrain you’re fighting in.
Of course, going to war can make your populace unhappy in the game, and it’s clear that unhappiness in general is something that can really slow down your civilization’s progress, especially if you are locking horns with a neighbour… It’s a good thing then, that Scotland’s unique city improvement (the golf course) helps keep your population happy, while also generating culture points for your civ.
Aside from this, this civ also gets the special “Scottish Enlightenment”, which is Scotland’s unique ability in the game. This means you can expect additional production and science from cities in which your citizens are happy, so it would be a good idea to invest in amenities to make sure your citizens are as happy as possible in the game.
It definitely looks like Scotland will be an interesting civilization to play as in the game then, so here’s hoping Rise and Fall lives up to the hype and turns out to be a good expansion for 2016’s top strategy game when it releases in early February.
Note: Civilization VI: Rise and Fall will be released on February 8, 2018. Available on PC.