Four Years Later, Civilization VI Gets A Season Pass

Four Years Later, Civilization VI Gets A Season Pass

Civilization VI is getting a season pass that’ll cover a range of updates coming to the game over the next 12 months. It sounds…fine?

Four years after it was announced, Civilization VI is in a weird place. It’s two big expansions were good, but not great, and the game’s district-building meta isn’t for everyone. It could probably do with one more substantial update to tie stuff together and really put a bow on everything like Civ V managed, but instead, Firaxis today announced a range of smaller additions that are going to come out between now and March 2021.


New Civs and leaders are always fun, but the game is already drowning in them, so that’s not exactly a deal-breaker. Indeed the only things here that look of real interest are changes to the district and infrastructure systems, with everything else resembling the drip-feed of content the game experienced between launch and the release of the first expansion (though the more apocalyptic disasters do look cool).

If you added all this stuff up, and depending on how dramatic the district and infrastructure changes are, this could almost have made up a third expansion! So it’s weird that everything is being released the way it is, though everything from developers working from home to the fact Civ VI is now a multiplatform game could be the reason behind it.

If you want to sign up for the pass, it’s USD$40, but some changes are coming as part of free updates for all players as well.


  • … it sounds anything but fine but sadly it isn’t beneath Take-Two to do something so ridiculous. Sadly Firaxis has been making bad deals with them for so long, it is hardly surprising.

  • After getting burned buying the digital deluxe edition and then it turning out exactly the same, if not cheaper in some territories, to buy the DLC individually as it dropped I’m going to wait this one out.

    Also, with two major expansions and half a dozen scenario packs I think I have enough nations to play with for the moment.

    And then there’s the ‘game mode’ padding, who plays those? We’re really going on a niche deep dive at this point. If we get lucky perhaps one will turn out to be a DOTA-like mod success and become the main game mode, but I’m not holding my breath.

    Despite the fact that I think that CIv has become a bloated mess of micromanagement nowadays I’m still going to end up buying these when they drop to 75% off in a sale, because of fond memories and being a completionist, but I have to wonder at the broader appeal.

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