Civilization V: Gods & Kings Expansion Pack Announced

2K Games have revealed the Gods & Kings expansion pack for Civilization V. This expansion pack will allow players to spread religion around the world and also send spies to enemy territories who can steal technology or even rig elections and initiate coups. There’s also the inclusion of 9 new civilizations, including Celts and Mayans, as well as new scenarios and technologies.

Sid Meier said, “Our team has a strong vision for bringing religion and espionage to Civilization V and the incomparable Civ community has expressed their enthusiasm for these features as well. We’re excited to deliver this robust expansion pack that will give players countless hours of new gameplay experiences and more reasons to take just one more turn.”

The full list of features available in the Gods & Kings expansion is below.

  • Expanded Epic Game: The core game experience has been greatly expanded with the addition of new technologies, 27 new units, 13 new buildings and nine new Wonders.
  • New Civilizations and Leaders: The expansion features nine new civilizations including Carthage, the Netherlands, the Celts and the Mayans, each with unique traits, units and buildings.  Gods & Kings also adds nine new leaders including William I, Prince of Orange, Boudicca and Pacal the Great.
  • New Game Scenarios: Three new scenarios let gamers experience the medieval period, the fall of Rome, and embark on a new adventure in Empires of the Smoky Skies, a Victorian science-fiction scenario.
  • The Return of Religion: A first for  Civilization V, players seek out Faith, choosing a Pantheon of the Gods and creating Great Prophets to found and spread their customized religion across the world.
  • World Domination: The fight for world domination is more dynamic than ever.  Gods & Kings features a reworked combat system and AI that places more emphasis on a balanced army composition. Additionally, the navy is now split into two different ship types, melee and ranged, making coastal cities vulnerable to a surprise naval attack.
  • Enhanced Diplomacy and Espionage: Establish embassies at foreign courts for closer ties or clandestine operations. As the religions of the world start settling in and the world moves into the Renaissance, spies can be unlocked to establish surveillance of foreign cities, steal advanced technologies from your strongest competitors, or garner influence with City-States through election rigging, or even a coup.
  • City-States: Two new city-state types have been added, Mercantile and Religious, adding new gameplay to a greatly expanded quest system to further the narrative of the game and making diplomatic victories more challenging.

A general release window of late Spring 2012 has been set and a price is yet to be confirmed.

Source: Press Release



  1. As if I needed another reason to play more Civ!

  2. I’ll stick with Civ 4, I bought the complete edition for £5 recently and I loved it all over again. I just don’t enjoy Civ 5 as much, and Civ 4 seems a much more comprehensive game.
    However, I’m happy for those who do enjoy Civ 5, can never have enough Civ!

    • When Civ 5 first came out I did prefer Civ 4, but I’m really warming to Civ 5 (haven’t been back to 4 for some time now). Expanded religion and espionage (including being able to discover when and where and AI opponent will attack!) are more than welcome.

      Getting extra leaders and a steampunk scenario too is like finding the Mr Kipling production line has goofed and put more than one cherry on your bakewell tart. :-)

      • I switch between the two, but my times more weighted towards Civ 4 by far. It just feels the bigger and better game for me, personally.

  3. Yes! I cannot wait already sunk well over 200 hours into Civ V will be a day one purchase for me, will probably sink another 200 hours into this hopefully.

  4. I can’t wait either. Love Civ5 and I’m at over 450 hours and yet to conquer Deity.
    If there was only 1 game I could play for the rest of my days this would be it.

    How long after this is released will it become available for the Mac anyone?

  5. OMG day 1 for sure. My steam stats show over 260 hours played.. ouch.

    This along with Diablo 3 / Starcraft 2 : Heart of the Swarm will see my PS3 start to gather dust this year.

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