It’s goodbye to Caesar as leader of Rome as Firaxis and 2K announce that Emperor Trajan will take over leadership in Sid Meier’s Civilization VI which is due out on 21st October.
Emperor Trajan was one of the five good emperors of the Roman Empire and was a great military tactician and humanitarian. Not only did he defeat the Dacians after years of their threats to Rome’s economy but he also created a welfare program for orphans and impoverished children. In Civilization VI, Trajan’s special ability is Trajan’s Column. This ability allows all cities to start with one free building in their city center, however, most of the time these will be monuments.
Rome’s special ability is called ‘All Roads Lead to Rome’ and allows all cities to start with a trading post. It also allows all new cities built within trade route range of the capital city to start with a road leading to them. Rome’s trading routes will provide gold for passing through trading posts in their own cities.
The Legion is the Roman’s unique unit and although they are more expensive to build than the swordsmen they replace they are stronger and also function as military engineers meaning they can build roads and forts. This ability makes them a handy unit to have when establishing control over territories.
The Baths are Rome’s unique building. Baths were communal places for citizens of Rome to relax and socialise with others. In Civilization VI these replace the aquaducts in cities but will provide additional amenities and housing than the aquaduct.
The Romans have a great set of abilities for quick expansion early on in the game and should there be a cause for combat then rely on the strong Legion units and their fort building ability.