First New Civ in “Rise and Fall” Expansion for Civilization VI is Korea

Firaxis Games has announced the first new civilization coming in Civilization VI’s first expansion, Rise and Fall.

The clever Queen Seondeok leads the nation of Korea (specifically the kingdom of Silla) in the new expansion. She ruled as Queen following the death of King Jinpyeong in 632. This lead to some rebellions and infighting, only to see Seondeok become a shrewd and cunning leader and diplomat.

Featured above, you can view an overview trailer of the new faction. It’s worth mentioning Seondeok is one of the nine new leaders coming with the expansion when it releases in early 2018.

Here’s a breakdown of what to expect from the Korean civilization in the new expansion:

UNIQUE DISTRICT: SEOWON

Replacing the Campus district, the Seowon is home to many academic endeavors. Built into the hills, they functioned as both Confucian shrines and scenic preparatory schools in 16th Century Korea. Seonbi (intellectual aristocracy during the Joseon Dynasty) sympathized with the commoners’ plights and this philosophy found its way into the Seowons – attended largely by aristocratic children. These academies became ideal places to discuss politics and explore new ideas regarding Neo-Confucianism, Korea’s contemporary culture and government.

UNIQUE UNIT: HWACHA

The hwacha is an unassuming two-wheeled cart, but this mobile ballista was deadly in the defense of Korea. A hwacha could launch a hundred rocket arrows against distant targets in seconds. Or, with a changeable module, fire off 200 Chongtong bullets.

Hwachas are considered to have turned the tide of the Imjin War. From 1592 – 1598, hwacha were widely used to aid in repelling Japanese invasions – roughly 50 units deployed in Hanseong (modern day Seoul) and another 80 along the northern borders. The most telling victory came during the Battle of Haengju where Korean soldiers beat back a force ten times its size thanks to 40 hwachas.

UNIQUE CIV ABILITY: THREE KINGDOMS

Korea’s unique ability is called “Three Kingdoms” and to make the most of it, be sure to build mines and farms adjacent to a Seowon. Mines receive bonus science and farms will yield bonus food from this placement.

UNIQUE LEADER ABILITY: HWARANG

Seondeok improved the lives of her subjects through education. Take advantage of that with Hwarang. It grants players a bonus to both science and culture in all cities with an established governor.


Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is currently available for PC. In case you missed it, you can find my thorough written / video review of the game here (I highly recommend it!).

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  • Anon_Amous

    Now Koreans have gotten in on the leader design bashing since they went with an African look for their Queen. :^)

    For me I think it’s silly but the core game is pretty good, better than Civ V so I don’t really care. That said I don’t think Firaxis will ever top Civ IV.

    I wish Civ IV could be re-made with added hexagons and districts and then it would make Civ 6 sort of irrelevant in my mind.

  • Mighty No. 56008
  • PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS

    You have got to be shitting me. First Poland and now Korea. Mediocrity for the sake of da womyn.

  • Wanderer

    I wish a developer could make a Civ game without the pozzed leftist faggotry. Having your civ in-game adopting universal suffrage, secularism, open borders, and socialist economics should come with a cost at the very least ffs. Instead far left bs is always a positive with no downsides whatsoever, while anything vaguely right-wing or traditional is nerfed and, at best, has small situational uses.

  • Neojames82
  • csgardner

    Seondeok was considered one of the better rulers of Shilla, but not much is known of that era. Many of the records have been lost, and we really only have a few legends. Shilla didn’t do terribly well militarily during her reign, but her alliance with the Tang dynasty in China led to conquering the other two kingdoms in Korea after her death. (Although then the Koreans had to have rebellion to kick the Tang out.)

    But everything else here is from the Jeosun dynasty 800 years later. Jeosun was all about Confucianism, and never would’ve allowed a non-male ruler. (Seondeok was Buddhist.) King Sejong would’ve been a better choice considering the rest of the setting. He’s probably been a bit over-used though.

  • UnpluggedBeta

    In my mind, Civ4 is perfect and doesn’t need to be changed in any way tho. I’d update graphics maybe so that armies look like actual armies instead of three guys, but that’s about it.

  • Anon_Amous

    I mostly agree but I think hexes are better than squares. Literally the only thing 5 improved.