The Nubians Join Civilization VI, Led by Queen Amanitore

Firaxis Games has revealed yet another new civilization to join Sid Meier’s Civilization VI.

The Nubian civilization and one of its most iconic leaders, Kandake (queen) Amanitore, are being added to the game. Featured above, you can view a new trailer showcasing the new civ, leader, and other unique additions.

Here’s a rundown on Amanitore and the other unique things coming with the Nubians:

Many Kandake are described as warrior queens who led forces into battle, but references to Amanitore also point to an unprecedented time of growth through building.  The sheer number of structures completed during her reign – the middle part of the first century – suggest this was a very prosperous time for the kingdom.

Amanitore was involved in restoring the large temple for Amun at Meroë and the Amun temple at Napata after it was destroyed by the Romans. Water retention reservoirs were erected at Meroë during her reign. Amun temples at Naqa and Amara were also built at this time.


Nubian warriors were widely respected as master archers (Pítati). In fact, the ancient Egyptian term for Nubia was “Ta-Seti,” which meant “Land of the Bow.” The Pítati were even used as mercenaries by neighboring kingdoms. The first recorded use of Nubian Pítati was by Weni of the Sixth Dynasty of Egypt during the Old Kingdom of Egypt, about 2300 BC. The Pítati replaces the Ancient Era Archer for Nubia. It is stronger and faster than the ancient Archer and upgrades to Crossbowman.


More than 200 Nubian Pyramids were built between 300 B.C. and A.D. 350. The Nubian Pyramid differs greatly from neighboring Egyptian edifices in that they are typically narrower at the base (measuring 26 feet, at most) and rise at a steeper angle (roughly 70 degrees) rising approximately 20-98 feet in height. An Egyptian Pyramid, by comparison, had foundations at least five times larger at 40-50 degree angles.

A Nubian Pyramid can be built on Desert, Desert Hills or in Floodplains regions. They provide Faith, as well as additional yields based on the adjacent District, or Food for the City Center.


Nubia lies in modern-day Sudan, south of Egypt. So, for the new “Gifts of the Nile” Scenario, you lead either Nubia or Egypt to see who will control the Nile River. The winner is the first civilization to complete seven Temples dedicated to Amun in this 125-turn scenario.

A release date for the Nubian civ wasn’t announced. The game’s most recent expansions, Persia and Macedon, are now available on Steam.

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. Sigurd Chalphy
    Sigurd Chalphy
    July 25, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    WE WUZ

  2. Anon_Amous
    July 25, 2017 at 9:37 pm


  3. PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    July 25, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Aww fck. Back to sleepless nights.

  4. kunuri
    July 25, 2017 at 10:04 pm


  5. EroBotan
    July 25, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    is she actually this fat in history?

  6. Kobeer Namtab
    Kobeer Namtab
    July 25, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    What’s a Nubian?

  7. Zanard Bell
    Zanard Bell
    July 26, 2017 at 12:50 am

    Graphic still looks like a mobile game to me.

  8. Anonymoose
    July 26, 2017 at 1:18 am

    Let’s hear it for the people that ruined Egypt in a span of less than 200 years. Who once thrown off, left Egypt so weak that Persia just walked all over them a couple decades later.

  9. Robert
    July 26, 2017 at 1:21 am


  10. RichardGristle
    July 26, 2017 at 3:28 am


  11. RichardGristle
    July 26, 2017 at 3:30 am

    Yeah the whole style is garbo overall. Gameplay is of course KANG but still, they coulda done better.

  12. PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    July 26, 2017 at 3:48 am

    That’s a woman!? Good lawd!

  13. PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS
    July 26, 2017 at 3:48 am


  14. mewnani
    July 26, 2017 at 6:04 am

    If she doesn’t look anything at all like she’s depicted here why make her look like this? It’s a huge dishonor to her memory just so some prick in a privileged country like the United States whining about something that’s nonexistent here can feel food about herself.

  15. catazxy
    July 26, 2017 at 6:57 am

    Meh, I still fail to understand why dont they add Dacia or more interesting cultures instead….

  16. EroBotan
    July 26, 2017 at 7:17 am

    if Amanitore still alive today, i’m not sure if she’s going to be happy to be portrayed as fat women lol. I mean when i was a kid i keep hearing that you should never call a women fat/asking them how much their body weight XD

  17. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    July 26, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Stuff like this just makes me want to avoid this shit.

  18. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    July 26, 2017 at 8:55 am

    It looks like they started off making another CivRev, but changed their minds mid-way through.

  19. Bitterbear
    July 26, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Even Kotaku is complaining that this one is overpowered as fuck.

  20. Dale Frewaldt
    Dale Frewaldt
    July 26, 2017 at 9:47 am

    The Dacians were a joke of a Roman Province. So inconsequential that we don’t even know what language they spoke, or even if they were anything other than another group of Thracians.

  21. catazxy
    July 26, 2017 at 11:36 am

    The Dacians were also known as Geto-Dacians, and were blood related to the other Thracians, also they spoke the a language close to the thracians. It had a huge amount of gold and iron, and had two great battles with the roman empire. They mostly used the falx in combat, and because it could pierce the roman helmet like butter, the romans had to reinforce the armor, that is the only known instance of the Roman army adapting personal equipment while on campaign. Still, they were not a joke, they had an army of 100.000-200.000 and were pretty good metal workers.
    The romans only managed to conquer half of dacia, and that for only 175 years (aurelian retreat).

  22. alterku
    July 26, 2017 at 11:44 am

    I don’t need more reasons not to get this installment of Civ, but they just. Keep. Coming.

  23. Jumanji Joe
    Jumanji Joe
    July 26, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Fat and probably trans, Fireaxis continues its descent in to sjw madness.

  24. Richard
    July 27, 2017 at 12:10 am

    If there is a better picture or example of Cause and Effect, I haven’t seen it.

  25. random
    July 27, 2017 at 12:47 am

    Ahh yes, the producer definitely decides the art direction of a game.

    Learn how game dev actually works fool.

  26. tccboss
    July 27, 2017 at 12:52 am