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Civilization VI Expansion Features Iconic Hungarian King Matthias ‘the Just’

Fanni Kaszás 2018.11.28.

The second expansion to the award-winning grand strategy game, Sid Meier’s Civilization VI., will be released on February 14, 2019. The expansion will feature new advanced technologies, engineering projects, the fan-favorite World Congress, a living world ecosystem and nine new civilization leaders, including legendary King of Hungary, Matthias Corvinus.

Civilization VI: Gathering Storm will include eight new civilizations and nine new leaders. Leaders are symbolic representatives of the playable civilizations in Civilization VI. and are based on historical figures who have accomplished great things or have successfully led their people through periods of adversity. The new expansion of the game features legendary Hungarian King Matthias I as the ‘Raven King’ in the Hungarian civilization.

According to the game’s Wiki page, Corvinus’ military prowess plays into his unique ability as ‘The Raven King.’ Units levied from a City-State gain extra movement and combat strength, and it costs no Gold or resources to upgrade levied units. Hungary also sends two Envoys to any City-State Corvinus levies units from. It also allows him to produce the Black Army, a unique light cavalry unit that receives additional strength for adjacent levied units and later upgrades into the Huszar, which receives additional strength for every active alliance. The building unique to Hungary is the Thermal Bath which provides both amenities and production to cities within range. With ‘Pearl of the Danube,’ any district or building constructed across a river from a city center will be built faster.

King Matthias I (Matthias Corvin, originally Mátyás Hunyadi), the first elected king and one of the most popular historical figures of Hungary, was born 575 years ago today on February 23, 1443, in Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca) as the second son of the great Hungarian military leader, János Hunyadi and Erzsébet Szilágyi.

Hungarians consider his 32-year long reign (1458-1490) to be the country’s golden age. Although his memory was glorified by statesmen, military leaders and students, during his reign—which was characterized by the supremacy of the “estates and orders” and a tendency to centralization—he was not as popular due to the heavy taxes he imposed to finance the wars conducted by his famous Black Army.

However, his reforms stabilized the country and brought prosperity not only to the economy but to the arts as well. Together with his wife Beatrice of Aragon, he was a great humanist, a patron of the arts and the founder of the famous Corvina library which contained about 3000 fine codices.

The Black Army of Matthias successfully protected the Hungarian border from the threatening Ottoman Empire, captured Vienna from Frederick III and established a new capital in 1485.

Matthias later became one of the most popular historical figures in Hungary—he is often referred to as ‘the king in disguise’ in legends and tales of Hungarian folklore. There are several myths about the just king and even a cartoon series based on a tale in which Matthias rewards the good and punishes the bad while in disguise.  Additionally, he is pictured on the HUF 1000 banknotes.
Check out a video of the new expansion here: