Firaxis has announced the first big expansion for strategy game Civilization 6.

It's called Rise and Fall, it costs 24.99 and it's out 8th February 2018.

The fancy trailer, below, shows poor old Sean Bean, Civilization 6's narrator, die once again, this time from some bastard plague. Civilization 6 trailer fans will remember poor old Sean Bean bit the dust in the main game's video. He doesn't have much luck, does poor old Sean Bean.

Bastard!

Digging into the detail, Rise and Fall adds nine new leaders and eight new civilisations, eight new world wonders and seven natural wonders, four new units, two new tile improvements, 14 new buildings, three new resources, two new districts and a partridge in a pear-tree.

With the expansion, as your civilisation gets about its business, it'll reach what are called milestone Historic Moments, which allow you to experience Dark Ages or Golden Ages. Each provides challenges or bonuses based on your actions. Here's the official blurb:

"Successful leadership of a civilisation can send it into a prosperous Golden Age, but falling behind can usher in a Dark Age. Respond well to the challenges of a Dark Age, and your civilisation can rise again into renewal with a Heroic Age."

The new loyalty system means cities now have individual Loyalty to your leadership. If it falls too low you can expect low yields, revolts and - potentially - the loss of the city to another civilisation.

As part of this system, you can recruit, appoint and upgrade powerful Governors, which come with unique specialisation bonuses and promotion trees, and who let you reinforce Loyalty.

There's an interesting new system called Emergencies. When a civilisation grows too powerful, other civilisations can join a pact against the threatening civilisation and earn rewards.

Here are a few screenshots:

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