Civ 6's battle royale mode gets even weirder with zombies, aliens, and Sean Bean

Civilization 6's developers recently outlined what's coming in its next free update, including a host of patches and tweaks. And then, almost four minutes into the video explaining this, they casually mentioned that Civ 6's battle royale mode will be getting zombie and alien factions, as well as narration by Sean Bean.

Red Death is the pseudo-BR mode added last year which pits 12 players against each other, each controlling a faction trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic wasteland with an obligatory circular threat, called the Red Death, closing in on them. Its second season is about to kick off, and that's why it's getting these new additions.

The zombies faction (whose leader is a brain in a jar) will be able to transform defeated enemies into more zombies, while the aliens have access to cloaking technology. Also, they'll look familiar to anyone who has played a certain other series of Firaxis games. They've even got Thin Men.

Alongside this strangeness comes the addition of new narration by Sean Bean, who I can only assume will be playing Takeshi Kitano to your Japanese high schoolers. Also there's going to be kick-voting and an observer mode for players who get ousted early on. Which is nice, but not as immediately attention-grabbing as zombies and aliens.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.