One of the features of the Civilization 4, released in 2005, that I loved was its dual-leader. That is to say, unlike in Civilization 5, Civ 4 offers two leaders for some civilizations. For instance, players who want to play as India might pick Gandhi or Asoka. Greece also have two leaders in the said game from the last decade: Alexander and Pericles.
And now with the upcoming Firaxis game, the Civilization 6, the Athenian leader Pericles is back, also the dual-leader feature–but not Alexander.
The game maker announced this week the new Greek leader Gorgo (the queen popularized by the movie 300), with the same unique district, the Acropolis and the unique unit, the Hoplite. Acropolis replaces the theater district which all civs have, while the Hoplite replaces the vanilla spearman.
Both Pericles and Gorgo get the ability called Plato’s Republic which grants an extra wildcard slot in the policy window. This means the two leaders can add an extra military, diplomatic or economic policy on any type of government.
Pericles vs Gorgo
Unlike Pericles which grants additional culture per city-state which he is the suzerain, Gorgo is taking the militaristic path. For each unit killed, Gorgo will give extra culture. This feature is more useful when you’re taking the flexible cultural and domination victory, or when you’re planning an early invasion of a nearby city-state. See the contrast there?
The Civilization 6 will introduce several new features including the hidden agenda and primary agenda that could affect the outcome of the game. When playing against Greece with Pericles, he will hate you when you play nice and be the suzerain of his target city-states, while Gorgo won’t like you when you lose a war and give up riches in exchange for signing a peace treaty. Another difference between the two is the starting city, or the capital. Gorgo has Sparta and Pericles will start with Athens.
Interestingly, Gorgo is the second woman warmonger leader in the upcoming Civilization game. The other one is Tomyris, the leader of the ancient region named Scythians. Quite similar to the Queen of Sparta, Tomyris grants war bonuses, and one of which is bonuses when attacking wounded units and winning the battle. Early playthrough in YouTube have confirmed that Tomyris is most likely to declare a war with a neighboring civ and/or a city-state.