Australia Gets Their Chance in Civilization VI, Under Former PM John Curtin

Firaxis Games has announced yet another world civilization heading to Sid Meier’s Civilization VI.

The southern island country of Australia will be finally making their official debut in the series, and they’re led by none other than John Curtin.

Featured above, you can view an overview trailer of what to expect from the Aussies in the upcoming downloadable content. This is the first time the Aussies have been officially added to a game in the series.

Here’s a rundown on what the DLC entails:

  • Leader: John Curtin, Australia’s 14th prime minister and its leader during most of the Second World War, when he defended the nation from the Japanese and unified its many states, putting the country on firm footing to recover after the war. His ability is Citadel of Civilisation, which grants Australia bonus production at the start of a defensive war, or whenever it liberates a city.
  • Unique unit: Digger. The affectionate nickname for Australian troops in the 20th century, Diggers replace Infantry. They get bonus combat strength when fighting outside friendly territory, or on land tiles adjacent to water.
  • Unique improvement: Outback Station. Unlocked with the Guilds civic, and upgraded with Steam Power and Rapid Deployment, Outback Stations provide food and production, with bonus food for adjacent pastures. In addition, new pastures will trigger a ‘culture bomb’ effect, and will steal adjacent tiles from other civs and city-states. In the video above, it looks like this will only occur when a pasture is built next to an existing Outback Station.
  • Special ability: Land Down Under. Cities get extra housing when built on coastal tiles, and campuses, commercial hubs, holy sites and theatre squares get additional yields when built on tiles with charming or breathtaking appeal.

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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  1. NuclearCherries
    February 21, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Should have had the special ability: Shitposting.

  2. Shiggy Diggy Doo
    Shiggy Diggy Doo
    February 21, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Can I have a public order to ban mature vidya

  3. Audie Bakerson
    Audie Bakerson
    February 21, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    So they just get a bunch of sterotypes instead of how they’re “the world’s quarry”?

  4. Himegami Aisa
    Himegami Aisa
    February 21, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Cattle/sheep stations and diggers are Australian icons, though, and everyone living near the coast is a stereotype because it’s mostly true.

  5. chero666
    February 21, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    >a living prison whose land took more lives than the inhabitants

    >Bogans are considered “wildlife”
    >all politics end with half if the land being blown up

  6. random
    February 21, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    What alternate reality are you living in?

  7. random
    February 21, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    We don’t magically find resources that don’t exist, we find them because they are here. Learn some fucking geology please.

  8. Cats736
    February 21, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    Welp, I know who I’m going to conquer first.

  9. chero666
    February 21, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    Texas, but an Aussie and me were trading these back n forth.
    Apparently Aboriginals are their local currency along with the dollery-doos depending on your region.

  10. Random Dude
    Random Dude
    February 22, 2017 at 12:03 am

    Used to study there, can confirm. They mostly life in coastal region cause the middle part of the land is either too dangerous to live in or it’s protected.

  11. Eli Wintercross
    Eli Wintercross
    February 22, 2017 at 2:50 am

    Yes, we live on the coast because it’s the only comfortably habital location.
    The majority of our landmass in inhabitable due to a combination of climate, water and poor soil quality.

  12. Random Dude
    Random Dude
    February 22, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Can’t forget the wildlife. It’s fascinating that people still managed to live relatively comfortable when the land had many many times told them to fuck-off.