India's Chandragupta will wage war in Civilization 6: Rise and Fall expansion

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Civilization 6 (opens in new tab)'s first expansion, Rise and Fall (opens in new tab), is coming in February, and Firaxis has gradually been teasing details about the nine new leaders that are coming to the game. We already know that Genghis Khan (opens in new tab), Queen Seondeok of Korea (opens in new tab) and the Netherlands' Queen Wilhelmina (opens in new tab) will be joining the party, and now we know all about Chandragupta, the new leader of the Indians.

He will be an alternative leader to Gandhi, and the two couldn't be more different. Where Gandhi's civilisations are built on peace, Chandragupta's skill set encourages a more aggressive play-style. He commands an elephant-mounted army and his leader ability, Arthashastra, will let you declare a war of territorial expansion. During the first few turns of that war your units get bonuses to movement and combat, so you'll be able to overpower most foes early on.

That aggression fits with his back story: as Firaxis describes (opens in new tab), he was a charismatic and clever man, mentored by the great Chanakya, a pioneer of economics in India. Chandragupta raised an army and overthrew the corrupt Nanda dynasty 3rd Century BCE. He established the Mauryan dynasty, and his empire eventually extended from Southern India all the way to modern-day Afghanistan.

Read more about the huge Rise and Fall expansion here (opens in new tab). It's due out on February 8.

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.