Civilization games often assign a leader for each country or civilization to represent them in game- and historically, India has always been represented by Gandhi. This makes sense- not only is Gandhi one of the most prominent and well known political figures of all time, but his legacy is also tied to the Civilization series, thanks to a hilarious bug in the original game that made him absurdly aggressive, in stark contrast to his real life pacifism.
But it is a bit of a bummer, because India has had a lot of great rulers and politicians who don’t get their due in Civilization– while IV also offered Ashoka, the legendary Maurya king, as an option, mostly we get Gandhi, and that’s it.
The upcoming Rise and Fall expansion of Civilization 6 will be adding a brand new leader for India- the legendary Chandragupta Maurya, who was Ashoka’s precursor, and was in fact responsible for consolidating all of India, over 2,000 years ago.
Civilization 6 launches on PC on February 28.