Sunday, March 24, 2013

Speculation: Civilization V Expansion – Brave New World. New Civilizations.

The new Civilization 5 expansion comes out on July9th. I’m pretty excited. As a huge fan of the Civ series I go nuts over any new content, even the DLCs.

So far they’ve only announced the addition of Assyria, Brazil, and Poland. But early reports say there will be six more. So who else might they add?

So for reference here’s who’s in the game already. Vanilla install civs have no highlight, DLC civs are in orange, Gods and Kings civs are in red, and the announced Brave new World civs are in blue.

This list is by geography, not by culture. I understand that “American” culture is European culture, but let’s keep this simple.

  • Carthaginians
  • Egyptians
  •  Ethiopians
  • Songhai

  • Chinese
  • Huns
  • Indians
  • Japanese
  • Koreans
  • Mongolia
  • Siamese

  • Austrians
  • Byzantines
  • Celts
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • Germans
  • Greeks
  • Polish
  • Romans
  • Russians
  • Spanish
  • Swedish

  • Aztecs
  • Mayans

Middle East
  • Arabians
  • Assyrians
  • Babylonians
  • Ottomans
  • Persians

North America
  • Americans
  • Iroquois

  • Polynesians

South America
  • Brazilians
  • Inca

As you can see there is a huge over-representation of European civilizations, which isn't terribly surprising. And it's all over the shop when it comes to overlap with civilizations that spawned out of each other.

So here are some suggestions on what they might do.

I’m ashamed to say I don’t know much about African history (being white and therefore having the supremacy of European culture shoved down my throat), but having done some digging on African civilizations two sprang up that would be great additions to the game.
  • Ashanti/Akan States
  • Kingdom of Kongo

Regardless, it would be nice to see more African representation beyond what’s already in the game, and several of those are heavily influenced by their interaction with—you guessed it, Europeans.

I’m not entirely sure what I would add here. While not nearly as robust as the European selection, the game covers all of the major players pretty well. My only two suggestions are technically already represented by later civilizations that occupied some of that same space.
  • Mughal – India in theory covers this, but with Gandhi as the leader it’s hard to link him back to the Mughal Empire. And the Mughal Empire stretched beyond modern India.
  • Khmer – Parts of what they occupied are already represented by Siam, but the Khmer empire was far more than this.

Europe has more than enough representation in the game already, but with the addition of Poland (which is a good selection, I will admit) it’s likely they’re not done adding here yet.
  • Holy Roman Empire – There are already several civilizations that came out of the HRE represented in the game, but that’s not stopped them from adding this civilization in previous iterations of the game.
  • Prussia – Again, already represented with civilizations in the game that spawned out of Prussia, but important enough to recent world history that they may get shoehorned in.
  • Switzerland – A weird pick, but they’ve had a pretty decent impact on European history, mostly through capitulation and banking.
  • Hungary – As the other half of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, their representation in game wouldn’t be that odd.
  • Portugal – A major player during the age of discovery, they’re greatest export now seems to be self-obsessed soccer stars (and coaches).
  • Lithuania – This was a pretty powerful group during the middle ages, so not out of the question that they might get added.

For a strange twist I could see them adding more barbarian tribes that interacted with (or sacked) Rome.
  • Gauls – It’s difficult to truly break apart cultures of the ancient world. The Gauls spoke a Celtic language, but “The Celts” are more often associated with the British Isles over mainland Europe. The Gauls, through conquest and repeated invasion eventually merged with the Franks to become the modern day French. So this would be another situation with over representation, but it would also make for an interesting game where the Gauls, Celts, French, and Germans were on the same map.
  • Goths
  • Vandals

For giggles I would love to see them add some smaller popular nations just for the humor of seeing them take on the major players.
  • Belgium
  • Finland
  • Ireland
  • Luxembourg
  • Scotland
  • Wales

The Aztecs and Mayans dominated this area for long stretches of time, but one of their modern successors should get some recognition.
  • Mexico – Does it make me a racist if I say that their special unit should be a luchador, futbolista, or hot-ass television presenter?

Middle East
This is a weird group already. Tons of overlap with the civilizations. The major one missing is the most obvious one to add.
  • Israel / Hebrews – Despite what they might think, their occupation of the land known today as Israel (though most of history as Palestine) has been fairly short lived, however in ancient times and most certainly today the presence of the Jewish people in that region has shaped events in a major way.

And despite the already existing overlap there are a few other great ancient civs worthy of addition.
  • Sumerians
  • Akkadians
  • Hittites

North America
There are more than a few great tribes to add to the game.
  • Algonquin
  • Apache
  • Cherokee
  • Cheyenne
  • Cree
  • Inuit
  • Navajo
  • Pueblo
  • Seminole
  • Sioux

And there are even more, that’s just off the top of my head. And while we’re at it, where’s the love for our neighbors to the north?
  • Canada

They kind of took a broad swing by adding “Polynesians” as a civilization. Likely they didn’t think any individual group was big enough to be worthy of their own full civilization. So it’s hard to say what to add here. I will say Indigenous people of New Zealand and Australia would make a nice addition to the game. Or Australia itself, it's primary export can be troubled movie stars.

South America
  • Argentina – If they’re adding Brazil it’s not at all a stretch to add Argentina. Is it racist if I say their country’s special ability would be to recover leftover units from aggressive civilizations that are destroyed?  (if you don’t get the reference, then I’m not being judgmental at all!). Their special unit needs to be Diego Maradona, who once per turn when fighting the English can cheat and snatch victory when the unit would otherwise be defeated.

There are many tribes as well, but I’m not terribly familiar with South American indigenous history.

So that’s it. It’ll be interesting to see who they go with and whether It’s someone not already listed here.


  1. The Luxembourger special unit: Bill (+5 global happiness from spread of pornography)

    1. The problem is that the unit has a berserker mode, where it spreads porn beyond the control of the player.