Julius Caesar returns to the Civilization series and will be in-game from November 21, 2022, free to anyone who links a 2K account to Civilization 6 (opens in new tab). It will be the first time in a long time that Julius Caesar takes over the reign of Rome, as an alternative to Trajan, the current leader.
Caesar comes as an addition to the first of the new leader card (opens in new tab) release the same day, the Great negotiator packagewith the addition of Abraham Lincoln (United States), Queen Nzinga Mbande (Congo) and Sultan Saladin (Arabia).
As you would expect from a leader famous for his conquests, Caesar has more than a few bonuses for a nice war or two. He gains gold the first time he conquers an enemy city, or for clearing barbarian outposts. That amount increases as you explore the Steel technology. Caesar’s abilities should sync up nicely with Rome’s built-in powers – that free money will help you keep your armies fresh, and Rome’s free roads will help you keep those new cities connected to the Empire.
Julius Caesar is a classic character, leading the Roman faction from Civilizations 1 through 4 before stepping back and letting the adopted son Augustus Caesar take over for Civilization 5, passing the throne to Trajan for the most part part of Civilization 6’s tenure. Looks like he’s back from that little vacation and ready to stretch his world-conquering legs again.
It’s pretty cool to see new things for Civilization 6, a game that Firaxis seemed to be done with earlier. The Civilization 6 Anthology Edition, released in Summer 2021, was billed as the complete experience. That’s technically still true, I think, because if you own that edition, you get the upcoming new leader’s pass for free.