A hefty Winter update has been released for turn-based Civilization VI, promising various improvements and features in your quest for dominance.
The official patch notes reveal the introduction of a new action move called “alert” for your units. It functions similar to the “Overwatch” command from XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Players can put friendly units to sleep until they spot an enemy wandering in their line of sight.
Besides the new action move, Firaxis has added a standard size Earth map and easier access to Scenarios from the main menu. A new replay option also makes the cut for Wonder completion movies.
As for the gameplay changes, they are pretty extensive and you can rummage through them here.
The release of the Winter update accompanies the availability of the game’s first premium DLC, Poland. The new civilization is led by Jadwiga, the youngest daughter to Louis the Great and the first female monarch of the Kingdom of Poland in the late 14th century.
In Civilization VI, Poland can gain control of tiles belonging to other civilizations upon fortifying borders. Players will find more value in Relics and Holy Sites. Their unique unit is the Winged Hussar, boasting a strong offense and capable of pushing back defending units. As for their unique building, it’s the Sukiennice which grants bonus production from foreign trade routes and gold from internal trade routes.
Poland is not alone though. There’s a second premium DLC that lets you rule Europe as a Viking lord. Players take control of Harald Hardrada of Norway, King Canute of the Danes or Olof Skotkonung of Sweden. This adds six new City-States and three new Natural Wonders (Eyjafjallajökull, Lysefjord and Giant’s Causeway) for use in the base game.
Both DLC packs are available now for $4.99 each, and include their own scenarios.