Civilisation V: Gods & Kings launched, cultivate and expand your empire
Gods & Kings shape Civilization V – developer diary showcases gameplay additions
2K Games and Firaxis Games have launched Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Gods & Kings, an expansion pack for the award-winning Civilization V.
It’s available for Windows and Mac PC as of 22 June 2012, via retail or digital download platforms.
Gods & Kings enhances the Civilization V experience with new gameplay content and provides more ways for players to achieve world domination. Spanning the breadth of human civilization, the Gods & Kings expansion pack takes players from founding the first Pantheon of the Gods and spreading religion across the world, to deploying spies in enemy cities to steal information and technology.
Players will have new quests and global competitions, interact with new types of city-states, and master new systems for land and naval combat. Nine new civilizations, each ruled by a new leader; nine new wonders; three
original scenarios; and dozens of new units, buildings, technologies and resources have also been added, offering even more ways for players to expand their empire on their quest to rule the world.
Key features include:
- Core game expanded: New technologies, 27 new units, 13 new buildings, and nine new Wonders.
- New Civilizations and Leaders: Gods & Kings features nine new civilizations, each with unique traits, units, buildings and leaders.
- New Game Scenarios: Three new scenarios let gamers experience the medieval period, the fall of Rome, and embark on a new adventure in Empires of the Smoky Skies, a Victorian steampunk scenario.
- The Return of Religion: A first for Civilization V, players seek out Faith, choosing a Pantheon of the Gods and creating Great Prophets to found and spread their customized religion across the world.
- World Domination: Gods & Kings features a reworked combat system and AI that places more emphasis on a balanced army composition. Additionally, the navy is now split into two different ship types, melee and ranged, making coastal cities vulnerable to a surprise naval attack.
- Enhanced Diplomacy and Espionage: Establish embassies at foreign courts for closer ties or clandestine operations. As the religions of the world start settling in and the world moves into the Renaissance, spies can be unlocked to establish surveillance of foreign cities, steal advanced technologies from your strongest competitors, or garner influence with City-States through election rigging, or even a coup.
- City-States: Two new city-state types have been added, Mercantile and Religious, adding new gameplay to a greatly expanded quest system to further the narrative of the game and making diplomatic victories more challenging.
For a closer look at the game, check out MyGaming’s Civilisation V: Gods & Kings hands-on preview.