News aplenty today about Civilization VI, which will be receiving a free, modding-focused update “soon”, and a (paid) DLC adding Australia to the game. Firaxis are dubbing this the ‘Australian Summer’ Update, and it’ll also include multiplayer team functionality.
Steam Workshop support will be part of the package, along with said modding tools. Firaxis aren’t exactly being specific about those tools in their post, saying only that they will “make it easier for artists and modders to express their creativity within the game”. Workshop support will, as usual, just make it easier to install and apply those eventual mods in Civilization VI.
Co-op multiplayer will work pretty much as you’d expect, adding the ability to “team up with your friends to conquer the world together against AI or human opponents”. The various balance changes and bug fixes that’ll come with this update will apparently be detailed at a later date, but should range “from trade routes to ice caps, obsolete units to AI upgrades”.
That’s the information about the free update. On the paid side of things, Australia will be coming as a new Civ. They will be led by John Curtin (Prime Minister of Australia between 1941 and 1945), and their unique unit will be the “Diggers”. Here’s a video explaining more.