The Civilization 6: Rise and Fall expansion will introduce new female leader Queen Seondeok. Queen Seondeok, a leader of Silla (Korea), will be one of several new women added to the game when the expansion DLC is released next year.
In addition to new leaders, the Civilization 6: Rise and Fall expansion will also introduce several new gameplay features to the popular strategy game.
Civilization 6: Rise and Fall Queen Seondeok is Already Controversial
Today, it was announced that the Civilization 6: Rise and Fall DLC will add new female leader Queen Seondeok. The Queen of Silla (which is now known as Korea), ruled for 15 years between 632-647, and was known for being “incredibly clever,” explains the Civilization 6 description.
During her reign, Queen Seondeok had a strong focus on arts and science and commissioned the Cheomseongdae astronomical observatory. As such, the Seowon (educational institute and Confucian shrine) replaces the Campus Civilization 6 district when playing as Queen Seondeok.
Other features introduced with Queen Seondeok include: the ‘Hwacha’ Unique Unit (a two-wheeled cart that can fire a powerful barrage of arrows), the ‘Three Kingdoms’ Unique Civ Ability (mines receive bonus science, farms get bonus food when built next to a Seowon), and the ‘Hwarang’ Unique Leader Ability (bonus science and culture in cities with an established governor).
Queen Seondeok is not the only female leader who will be introduced with Civilization 6: Rise and Fall. In a previous blog post about the DLC expansion, the Civilization 6 team explains that “We strive to have a diverse and varied selection of leaders, and it is also very important to us to include female leaders.” The post also notes that “Women are often underrepresented in traditional historical accounts.”
Being female is not the only criteria for being a new leader in Civilization 6 as the team also asks questions like: has this leader been represented before and does their well fit will into the game’s bonus system? But this hasn’t stopped some from accusing the developers of using Queen Seondeok to ‘pander’ to the game’s female players.
The comments section of the Queen Seondeok trailer are inundated with similar accusations. Some say that the leader, who during her time was met with criticism for being a woman (she was the first female leader of the Three Kingdoms), isn’t worthy of being featured in the game. Tellingly, there are also quite a few comments criticizing Queen Seondeok’s appearance, saying that the character is “ugly.”
As the Civilization 6: Rise and Fall team notes “recent scholarship has revealed more and more the fascinating and powerful women that lived between the lines of history textbooks.” And a team of history buffs with players who also have a keen interest in leaders of history (regardless of their gender), it stands to reason that plenty more leading women from history can be expected in Civilization 6 in future.
The Civilization 6: Rise and Fall expansion will be released on February 8, 2018. Civilization 6 is currently available on Windows PC, Mac, and Linux without the Rise and Fall DLC.
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