A trailer has been released for the latest Sid Meier's Civilization VI expansion, Gathering Storm, and it looks to include playable Māori characters.
A Polynesian adventurer is a focus of the trailer, chosen as the video's thumbnail image.
He appears to be the leader of a group travelling on a sea vessel and discovering new land. He has long hair tied back in a bun, a full facial moko, a bone carving around his neck and is dressed in what looks like traditional Māori garb.
Civilization is a beloved turn-based strategy computer game series that started in 1991. Players take control of specific civilisation and control it from prehistoric times right through to a sci-fi future, waging war on other civilisations or forging alliances with them on the way.
Firaxis, the company that produces Civilization, doesn't specify that Māori will be a playable in promotional material released with the new trailer, but does state Gathering Storm will feature "eight new civilisations and nine new leaders".
"We have a number of exciting new leaders and civilisations that we'll be revealing over the coming months," says Civilization VI lead designer Ed Beach.
"We're bringing back some fan favourites - with brand new twists that you may not expect - and of course we are introducing a few civs that are brand new to the series."
Civilization VI was originally released in 2016 with 34 playable civilisations. Among them was the Egyptians, led by Cleopatra; the Mongolians, led by Genghis Khan; and the Australians, led by John Curtin - the nation's World War II-era prime minister.
Civilization VI: Gathering Storm will be released on February 14, 2019.
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