Civilization VI – France and Catherine de’ Medici

Posted on 31 Jul 2016 by
Sawyer Scherbenske

Catherine de’ Medici, “the most powerful European queen of the 16th century,” will lead France to victory in Civilization VI using statecraft, diplomacy, and espionage. France’s special ability, Grand Tour, gives a bonus when building mid-game wonders and extra tourism from their constructions. The Garde Imperiale is the French unique unit who gets bonuses for fighting near the starting capital’s home continent, get great general points quickly, and replace the musketmen. France’s unique building is the plateau, which must be built near a river but generates culture and extra bonuses when built next to wonders.

All that pales in comparison to Catherine’s true talent though: espionage. Through her Ladies in Waiting ability, she can gather reports of who’s plotting against who, alliances between civ’s, and gets an extra spy when the castles technology is researched.

Unlike Egypt who prioritizes the early game or America who shines later on, France is a mid-game focused civ who can catch up quickly in the wonders race, is unmatched at espionage, and can defend themselves fiercely during the most war-torn period of history.

Catherine de’ Medici’s France brings the total confirmed civ count up to seven, with Queen Victoria for England, Montezuma II for the Aztecs, Qin Shi Huang for China, Teddy Roosevelt for the USA, Cleopatra for Egypt, and Hojo Tokimune for Japan.

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is launching on Oct 21st for Windows PC.

Official Press Release

2K and Firaxis Games today revealed that Catherine de’ Medici will lead France in Sid Meier’s Civilization VI, launching on Oct 21st for Windows PC.

Born an Italian noblewoman, Catherine de’ Medici was wed to King Henry II of France and served as Queen from 1547 until her husband’s death in 1559. Her influence would extend beyond this brief period as Queen, however, as she went on to bear three sons who would each become King of France during her lifetime.

Her offspring each ruled France during a period of continuous civil and religious war. Despite the constant threat of complex and seemingly insurmountable conflict, Catherine kept the French monarchy intact as she championed both policies of compromise with the rebellious Protestant class and later more hardline stances against them. She was one of the most powerful women in Europe during her lifetime and was known to be a ruthless individual whose efforts inarguably kept the French monarchy in power during one of France’s most tumultuous periods.

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