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Civilization VI‘s summer update is now live alongside a brand new civilization.

The update introduces the highly-requested restart feature to the game that allows players to regenerate the map using current game settings along with the ability to save game configuration settings for future games. As well as these new features, the update also reduces the cost of the Aqueduct by 30 percent and Sewers by 50 percent, reduces the cost of spies, increases the cost to repair outer city defenses, and makes changes to the leaders of Spain, Norway, Kongo, Greece, and France.

Read the full patch notes below:

General Balance
  • Reduced the cost of the Aqueduct by 30%, and Sewers by 50%
  • Reduced cost of all other districts by 10%
  • Increased the discount for districts you have less of from 25% to 40%
    Increased costs of district buildings by 10% (except Aerodrome buildings), and increased per settler cost bump by 50%
  • Reduced cost of all spies by 25%
  • The Hanging Gardens now provides +2 Housing in city it is built
  • Walls now provide Tourism, and do not have Maintenance
  • Battering Ram and Siege Tower now upgrade to the Medic support unit, and no longer are functional against a city with Urban Defenses
  • Gave St George an additional Charge
  • Updated Monarchy’s Medieval Wall bonus to: “+50% Production toward defensive buildings. +1 Housing for each level of wall.”
  • Proselytizer Apostle Promotion only evicts 75% of existing pressure of other religions, not 100%.
  • Press Gangs will now unlock with Exploration and Native Conquest with Colonialism.
  • Increased Anti-Air strength values by 5 across the board. Increased Destroyer AA strength to match other units of the same era.
  • Balance Change to Archer (cost +10) and Maryannu Chariot Archer (cost -20, combat +2, ranged strength +2)
  • Increased cost to repair city outer defenses
  • Moved “Urban Defenses” from Civil Engineering to Steel
Civ-Specific Changes
    Norway

  • Thunderbolt of the North gains +50% production of naval melee units
  • Stave Church gains +1 Production for all Coastal resources in the citySpain
  • Treasure Fleet civ ability has its gold for intercontinental trade boosted from +4 to +6.
  • Mission: increase from +1 Science to +2 Science if next to a Campus.
  • Scythia’s heal down from 50 to 30.
  • Kongo: 50% more Great People points rather than double.
  • Greece: Award an envoy whenever they complete an Acropolis.
  • France: Catherine’s Flying Squadron now awards a free Spy when the extra capacity is earned at Castles. All spies start as Agents with a free promotion.
Map Generation
  • Aluminum may now appear on Plains
  • Increased Lake generation
  • Updated Bonus and Strategic Sea resource generation
  • Fixed river generation on Inland Sea maps
UI Enhancements
  • Combat Preview UI has received multiple improvements
  • The Civilopedia now shows the number of spies/envoys granted by a civic
  • Multi-turn unit movement paths shown when unit reselected
  • Add Relationships tab to city state Intel Reports which displays that city state’s at war status with other civs and city states
  • A popup box is now used to modify deal item values
  • Added leader dialog for Gifts and Demands
  • Scenarios no longer display extraneous UI screens
  • Reports now displays great works, adjacency, and districts information
  • Trade Route chooser automatically selects previously completed trade route
  • Additional improvements to the Trade Route chooser
  • Added a turn blocker notification when city ranged attack is available
  • Tech and Civic Boosts now additionally appear in the notification panel above the turn advancer.
  • A Toggle Strategic View keybinding has been added
Diplomacy
  • Added tooltips explaining why you can or cannot declare each kind of war or undertake another diplomatic action.
  • “Are you sure you want to denounce?” confirmation added
  • Liberation changes:
    – Liberating cities can now occur even if you got the city in a deal (peace deals are the most common case of this).
    – A case where the Persian player didn’t see “(cede)” or “(return)” besides cities on the peace deal screen has been fixed.
    – When you liberate a city-state your military units are only kicked back from the first ring of hexes around the city; you aren’t ejected from their territory entirely.
AI Tuning
  • Improved AI ability to move great works around to get theming
  • AI will now better handle air attacks
    – Bombers will attack Districts, Improvements, and then Units in that preference
    – Fighters will prefer to attack other air units
  • Improved desire to pillage cities
  • Improved city planning with regard to adjacency bonuses
  • During city attacks, concentrate unit attacks on more threatening units rather than spreading out
  • Fixed a bug that resulted in the AI overestimating the value of demand tribute
  • Adjust AI acceptance of embassies to be a bit more like what they already do for delegations
  • Specifically, they probably will reject it if they’re unfriendly, will accept at neutral unless they have any other reason against it (close balance) and will generally accept it at friendly unless they have a strong reason against.
  • In evaluating deals, the AI will mark elements that are unacceptable at any price, and expose that to the player
  • Improve ability to utilize city-states, beyond just suzerainty
  • As a player approaches victory, AI will become less friendly and more aggressive
Multiplayer
  • Improved stability after receiving a multiplayer join error
  • Fixed unnecessary host migration when exiting a LAN game
  • Fixed an occasional hang during wars in dynamic turn mode
  • Miscellaneous UI fixes and stability improvements
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue where plot tooltips would show when we didn’t want them to
  • Fixed multiple issues with Air combat
  • City Banners were not reacting to population changed events
  • Barbarian camp art will now update as the game progresses into later eras
  • Fixed an issue where pillaged improvements lost their pantheon bonuses forever
  • District repair costs now computed properly based on both game speed and start era. Will always be 25% of the cost of creating a new district of that type.
  • Correct Alexander’s “To the World’s End” healing ability so it only triggers if the city has a COMPLETED wonder in it.
  • Wonders should always be repairable after they have been hit by a nuclear blast
  • Fixed issues with Reports screen totals not adding correctly
  • Additional bug fixes.
Misc
  • Added new visualization for desert mountains

On top of this update, players can now pick up the Nubia civilization DLC. Nubia is led by Amanitore and makes use of strong ranged units that are easy to build and quick to promote, and a unique Nubian Pyramid improvement that boosts the construction and yield of districts. The DLC also includes the “Gifts of the Nile” scenario that puts players in control of Nubia or Egypt as they compete against the other civ to be the first to complete seven Temples to Amun along the banks of the great Nile River.

Civilization VI is available now on PC.

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About Matthew Bennett

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Matt is one of the longest-serving members of the EGMNOW team. An ability to go many hours without sleep and a quick wit make him ideal for his role as associate editor at EGMNOW.com. He often thinks back to the days when the very idea of this career seemed like nothing but an impossible dream. Find him on Twitter @mattyjb89

Civilization VI’s Summer 2017 update and new civ are now live

Civilization VI players have a new civilization and a new update to keep them occupied this weekend.

By Matthew Bennett | 07/28/2017 07:24 AM PT

News

Civilization VI‘s summer update is now live alongside a brand new civilization.

The update introduces the highly-requested restart feature to the game that allows players to regenerate the map using current game settings along with the ability to save game configuration settings for future games. As well as these new features, the update also reduces the cost of the Aqueduct by 30 percent and Sewers by 50 percent, reduces the cost of spies, increases the cost to repair outer city defenses, and makes changes to the leaders of Spain, Norway, Kongo, Greece, and France.

Read the full patch notes below:

General Balance
  • Reduced the cost of the Aqueduct by 30%, and Sewers by 50%
  • Reduced cost of all other districts by 10%
  • Increased the discount for districts you have less of from 25% to 40%
    Increased costs of district buildings by 10% (except Aerodrome buildings), and increased per settler cost bump by 50%
  • Reduced cost of all spies by 25%
  • The Hanging Gardens now provides +2 Housing in city it is built
  • Walls now provide Tourism, and do not have Maintenance
  • Battering Ram and Siege Tower now upgrade to the Medic support unit, and no longer are functional against a city with Urban Defenses
  • Gave St George an additional Charge
  • Updated Monarchy’s Medieval Wall bonus to: “+50% Production toward defensive buildings. +1 Housing for each level of wall.”
  • Proselytizer Apostle Promotion only evicts 75% of existing pressure of other religions, not 100%.
  • Press Gangs will now unlock with Exploration and Native Conquest with Colonialism.
  • Increased Anti-Air strength values by 5 across the board. Increased Destroyer AA strength to match other units of the same era.
  • Balance Change to Archer (cost +10) and Maryannu Chariot Archer (cost -20, combat +2, ranged strength +2)
  • Increased cost to repair city outer defenses
  • Moved “Urban Defenses” from Civil Engineering to Steel
Civ-Specific Changes
    Norway

  • Thunderbolt of the North gains +50% production of naval melee units
  • Stave Church gains +1 Production for all Coastal resources in the citySpain
  • Treasure Fleet civ ability has its gold for intercontinental trade boosted from +4 to +6.
  • Mission: increase from +1 Science to +2 Science if next to a Campus.
  • Scythia’s heal down from 50 to 30.
  • Kongo: 50% more Great People points rather than double.
  • Greece: Award an envoy whenever they complete an Acropolis.
  • France: Catherine’s Flying Squadron now awards a free Spy when the extra capacity is earned at Castles. All spies start as Agents with a free promotion.
Map Generation
  • Aluminum may now appear on Plains
  • Increased Lake generation
  • Updated Bonus and Strategic Sea resource generation
  • Fixed river generation on Inland Sea maps
UI Enhancements
  • Combat Preview UI has received multiple improvements
  • The Civilopedia now shows the number of spies/envoys granted by a civic
  • Multi-turn unit movement paths shown when unit reselected
  • Add Relationships tab to city state Intel Reports which displays that city state’s at war status with other civs and city states
  • A popup box is now used to modify deal item values
  • Added leader dialog for Gifts and Demands
  • Scenarios no longer display extraneous UI screens
  • Reports now displays great works, adjacency, and districts information
  • Trade Route chooser automatically selects previously completed trade route
  • Additional improvements to the Trade Route chooser
  • Added a turn blocker notification when city ranged attack is available
  • Tech and Civic Boosts now additionally appear in the notification panel above the turn advancer.
  • A Toggle Strategic View keybinding has been added
Diplomacy
  • Added tooltips explaining why you can or cannot declare each kind of war or undertake another diplomatic action.
  • “Are you sure you want to denounce?” confirmation added
  • Liberation changes:
    – Liberating cities can now occur even if you got the city in a deal (peace deals are the most common case of this).
    – A case where the Persian player didn’t see “(cede)” or “(return)” besides cities on the peace deal screen has been fixed.
    – When you liberate a city-state your military units are only kicked back from the first ring of hexes around the city; you aren’t ejected from their territory entirely.
AI Tuning
  • Improved AI ability to move great works around to get theming
  • AI will now better handle air attacks
    – Bombers will attack Districts, Improvements, and then Units in that preference
    – Fighters will prefer to attack other air units
  • Improved desire to pillage cities
  • Improved city planning with regard to adjacency bonuses
  • During city attacks, concentrate unit attacks on more threatening units rather than spreading out
  • Fixed a bug that resulted in the AI overestimating the value of demand tribute
  • Adjust AI acceptance of embassies to be a bit more like what they already do for delegations
  • Specifically, they probably will reject it if they’re unfriendly, will accept at neutral unless they have any other reason against it (close balance) and will generally accept it at friendly unless they have a strong reason against.
  • In evaluating deals, the AI will mark elements that are unacceptable at any price, and expose that to the player
  • Improve ability to utilize city-states, beyond just suzerainty
  • As a player approaches victory, AI will become less friendly and more aggressive
Multiplayer
  • Improved stability after receiving a multiplayer join error
  • Fixed unnecessary host migration when exiting a LAN game
  • Fixed an occasional hang during wars in dynamic turn mode
  • Miscellaneous UI fixes and stability improvements
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue where plot tooltips would show when we didn’t want them to
  • Fixed multiple issues with Air combat
  • City Banners were not reacting to population changed events
  • Barbarian camp art will now update as the game progresses into later eras
  • Fixed an issue where pillaged improvements lost their pantheon bonuses forever
  • District repair costs now computed properly based on both game speed and start era. Will always be 25% of the cost of creating a new district of that type.
  • Correct Alexander’s “To the World’s End” healing ability so it only triggers if the city has a COMPLETED wonder in it.
  • Wonders should always be repairable after they have been hit by a nuclear blast
  • Fixed issues with Reports screen totals not adding correctly
  • Additional bug fixes.
Misc
  • Added new visualization for desert mountains

On top of this update, players can now pick up the Nubia civilization DLC. Nubia is led by Amanitore and makes use of strong ranged units that are easy to build and quick to promote, and a unique Nubian Pyramid improvement that boosts the construction and yield of districts. The DLC also includes the “Gifts of the Nile” scenario that puts players in control of Nubia or Egypt as they compete against the other civ to be the first to complete seven Temples to Amun along the banks of the great Nile River.

Civilization VI is available now on PC.

Read More


About Matthew Bennett

view all posts

Matt is one of the longest-serving members of the EGMNOW team. An ability to go many hours without sleep and a quick wit make him ideal for his role as associate editor at EGMNOW.com. He often thinks back to the days when the very idea of this career seemed like nothing but an impossible dream. Find him on Twitter @mattyjb89