The latest major patch for Civilization 6 dropped this week, and there was a great new addition: you can finally pet the dog! Petting cats, however? Firaxis has some strong opinions there.
The inclusion appears as a new option on the menu bar for scouts, despite not being included in the patch notes for Civ 6‘s April 2021 update, which dropped early Friday morning Australian time. Fans quickly spotted the addition, since it appears on Scouts who … don’t really do much else besides running around the map.
Following an update, you can now pet the dog in Sid Meier's Civilization VI pic.twitter.com/EcVTrZesrC
— Can You Pet the Dog? (@CanYouPetTheDog) April 22, 2021
It’s a great little animation for a very good boy. I even love the little tiny heart icons they’ve got on the toolbar.
There’s just one problem. While Civ 6 has no problem with you patting dogs, patting cats is simply not the done thing. Original Kotaku Australia editor David Wildgoose and long-time Civ fan spotted the exclusion this morning:
Absolutely furious that the latest Civ VI update lets your scout pet the dog, but does not let them pet the cat. pic.twitter.com/bzGzPSE5lx
— David Wildgoose (@davidwildgoose) April 22, 2021
“One does not simply pet a cat,” the game’s English tool tip says, which is a brilliant nod to the fact that it’s a Sean Bean meme and Sean Bean is also the narrator for Civilization.
I’m not so sure about that one Firaxis. I mean, if the scout is walking around with a trio of cats, I reckon they’d be up for a chin rub every now and again. Sure, maybe they’d wander off for a week or two and then leave the poor scout wondering whether the cats still loved them, or if they even remembered all the nice times they spent together. But then they’d come wandering back, screaming for food and then happily purring away as if nothing happened.
Where was I? Oh yeah, patting the cat. C’mon, Firaxis. Patch it in!