Civilization VI: Gathering Storm Will Let One Leader Command Two Civs for the First Time

Civilization VI recently announced its second full expansion, Gathering Storm, which focuses on the environment and diplomacy, and now they’ve revealed a new leader that mixes up the series’ usual rules a bit. Eleanor of Aquitaine will be able to lead two civs, England and France, a first for the series. Eleanor served as queen consort (wife of a reigning king) for both England and France, was one of the wealthiest women of her time, and was active in military affairs, which included a leadership role in the Second Crusade. Not a bad choice for the first-ever double leader. You can check out a video overview of Eleanor of Aquitaine, below.

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Not too much to say about Eleanor, but it looks like she’ll be the leader to go with if you’re into culture bombing and flipping cities. Here’s a rundown of what Eleanor brings to Civilization VI:

Eleanor Unique Ability – Court Of Love

Great Works in Eleanor’s cities each cause a loss of Loyalty per turn in nearby foreign cities. A city that leaves another civilization due to a loss of Loyalty and is currently receiving the most Loyalty per turn from Eleanor skips the Free City step and instantly joins her civilization.

Would be interesting more multi-civ leaders in the future, although I can’t think of too many non-controversial examples (Napoleon conqueror types are probably out).  Firaxis has also announced Hungary, the Maori, Canada, the Inca, Mali, Sweden, Phoenicia, and the Ottomans will be part of the Gathering Storm expansion.

Civilization VI: Gathering Storm, will include a total of nine new leaders representing eight civilizations. The $30 expansion comes to PC on February 14. Now that all the Gathering Storm civs and leaders have been announced, what do you think of the lineup? Obviously, I’m getting the expansion because Canada is finally included, but overall it seems like a nice, varied collection.

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