Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is the next title in the award winning turn-based strategy game franchise, and it’s set to launch on October 21st for Windows. And we’ve got Mahatma Gandhi making a return to lead the nation of India.
Gandhi led the campaign for India’s independence from the British and is famed for his efforts towards alleviating poverty, increasing women’s rights and promoting religious harmony. He is well known for his nonviolent approach of Satyagraha. There’s no one who can deny Gandhi’s influence on the world, with the likes of Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King drawing inspiration from his philosophies. Some of his movements included the famed Salt March, multiple hunger strikes and more, which often led to long stints in prison and harm to himself.
In Civilization VI, Mahatma Gandhi will have a special ability which will provide his people with a significant boost in faith when in contact with other civilizations. Furthermore, choosing to go to war against Gandhi will impose additional impact to the happiness of the nation that declares war.
Of course peace and all is nice, and passive resistance may work when it comes to colonial Britain, but if you want to rule the world, you’re gonna need some violence. That’s where the Varu come in, which is India’s war elephant cavalry unit. The Varu reduces the combat strength of adjacent enemy units, which is understandable, anyone would be terrified facing war elephants.
Their unique tile improvement is the Stepwell, which is a multi-level reservoir that provides bonus food when built next to farms and bonus faith when built near holy sites.
Hopefully, Gandhi won’t have a twitchy nuke-trigger finger this time around. There’s only one way to know for sure, and we’re going to have to wait till the 21st of October for that.