Humankind (video game)

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Humankind
Humankind cover art.jpg
Developer(s)Amplitude Studios
Publisher(s)Sega
EngineUnity
Platform(s)
Release
  • Windows, Stadia
  • 17 August 2021
  • macOS
  • 3 November 2021[1]
  • PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
  • TBA
Genre(s)4X
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Humankind is a turn-based strategy 4X video game by Amplitude Studios and published by Sega. The game was released for Microsoft Windows and Stadia in August 2021, and for macOS in November 2021. It received generally favorable reviews. It was scheduled to release on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S in November 2022 but was delayed indefinitely due to “unique porting challenges”.[2][3]

Gameplay[edit]

Humankind is a 4X game comparable to the Civilization series. Players lead their civilization across six major eras of human civilization, starting from the nomadic age, directing how the civilization should expand, developing cities, controlling military and other types of units as they interact with other civilizations on the virtual planet, randomly generated at the start of a new game. A distinguishing feature of Humankind is that within each of the eras, the player selects one of ten civilization types based on historical societies; this selection offers both bonuses and penalties to how the player can build out the civilization. Because a player can select different civilizations as templates to build upon, there exist potentially one million different civilization patterns that a player can ultimately develop.[4]

Building out cities follows a similar model from Amplitude's Endless Legend game, a continent in Humankind will have multiple territories on it, and the player will only be able to build one city in that territory. Over time, they can expand that city, adding farms and other outlying resources as well as more dense urban areas closer to the city center. This allows the creation of large metropolises within each territory.[4] Players may also need to engage in combat with enemy forces. When this occurs, the game uses a tactical role playing game approach for detailed resolution of these battles, giving the player a chance to take advantage of terrain and special abilities of their units.[4] Within these skirmishes, battles can only last for three combat turns before the game returns to the overworld, so that drawn-out wars can occur across multiple years at the overworld scale.[5]

During the game, the players gain resources for their civilization, similar to Endless Legend, which includes food, industry, gold, science, and influence; each of these can be spent to speed up production, advance technology, or as trade goods with other cultures. Humankind also includes Fame, which is earned by feats within the game, for example, accumulating influence or gold, destroying units, being the first civilization to discover certain technologies or build world wonders. Fame is a persistent measure of the civilization's relative success compared to other civilizations, and can have impacts on later decisions in the game. Unlike games like Civilization where there can be multiple victory conditions, victory in Humankind is based solely on the Fame score after a pre-determined number of turns.[5] or other events that trigger end-game. Humankind will include certain persons and events based on historical records that the player will interact with.[6]

Development[edit]

Amplitude Studios has had a history of prior 4X games based on its Endless science fiction setting, including Endless Space and Endless Legend. The studio considers Humankind to be their magnum opus of their previous titles,[4] and something that they have wanted to produce from the start, with their recent acquisition by Sega helping to make Humankind possible.[5]

Humankind had been teased by Sega earlier in 2019, with the game formally announced during the August 2019 Gamescom.[4] The game had an exclusive 7-day demo available on Stadia, starting on October 21, 2020.[7][8]

Amplitude held periods of open beta testing across late 2020 and early 2021, called "OpenDev" phases, giving players the opportunity to try limited scenarios and provide feedback for improving the game.[9]

While the game was planned for an April 2021 release, Amplitude pushed the release into August 2021 to facilitate final polishing of the game.[10] During this time, Amplitude announced they would not include Denuvo digital rights management software in the game. While they had intended to use Denuvo to help protect their game, data collected during the OpenDev phases found that Denuvo negatively impacted the performance of the game, and they opted to remove the software.[11]

An expansion, titled Together We Rule, was released on November 9, 2022.[12]

Reception[edit]

Humankind received "generally favorable reviews", according to review aggregator Metacritic, scoring a weighted average of 78/100.[13]

Leana Hafer of IGN awarded the game 7/10, stating "Humankind is an interesting but fairly safe riff on historical 4X that doesn't always rise to meet its potential."[15] Fraser Brown of PC Gamer gave it a score of 71 out of 100. He wrote that he enjoyed the process of watching his civilization grow, but that he felt the gameplay was too numbers-focused and lacked the personality and narrative weirdness of Amplitude's earlier works.[16]

Awards and accolades[edit]

Humankind was nominated for Best Sim/Strategy Game at The Game Awards 2021.[18]

Sales[edit]

Humankind was the fourth best-selling video game in August 2021 in the US.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "HUMANKIND™ - Mac Release Status Update - Steam News". 21 October 2021.
  2. ^ "Humankind Coming To Consoles And Xbox Game Pass In November". GameSpot. Retrieved 2022-06-09.
  3. ^ https://www.videogameschronicle.com/news/sega-has-delayed-humankinds-console-release-indefinitely/
  4. ^ a b c d e Toms, Ollie (August 19, 2019). "Humankind release date, trailer, gameplay, everything we know about Amplitude's new 4X "Magnum Opus"". Rock Paper Shotgun. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c Purslow, Matt (August 21, 2019). "Humankind Makes Multiculturalism Its Killer Feature - Gamescom 2019". IGN. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  6. ^ Talbot, Carrie (August 19, 2019). "Humankind lets you rewrite history with one million unique civilisations". PCGamesN. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
  7. ^ Vonau, Michael (October 21, 2020). "Stadia offers a free Humankind demo and announces ARK: Survival Evolved support". Android Police. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  8. ^ Pineda, Carlos (November 22, 2020). "Everything you need to know about Humankind". ClutchPoints. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  9. ^ Bankhurst, Adam (December 11, 2020). "Humankind Release Date and 'Lucy OpenDev' Demo Revealed". IGN. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  10. ^ Peppiatt, Dom (March 25, 2021). "Civilization-like game Humankind has been delayed to August". VG247. Retrieved March 25, 2021.
  11. ^ Robinson, Joe (July 20, 2021). "Humankind devs remove Denuvo anti-piracy software after performance hit". PCGamesN. Retrieved July 20, 2021.
  12. ^ Wales, Matt (October 6, 2022). "Humankind's first major expansion Together We Rule gets November release date". Eurogamer. Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  13. ^ a b "Humankind for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved 4 October 2021.
  14. ^ "Humankind Review: "Refreshes the 4X Genre" | Aces high". GamesRadar. 25 August 2021. Retrieved 25 August 2021.
  15. ^ a b Hafer, Leana (25 August 2021). "Humankind Review". IGN. Retrieved 25 August 2021.
  16. ^ a b Brown, Fraser (25 August 2021). "Humankind review". PC Gamer. Retrieved 25 August 2021.
  17. ^ Scott-Jones, Richard (25 August 2021). "Humankind review – does Civilization's challenger measure up?". PCGamesN. Retrieved 25 August 2021.
  18. ^ Ankers, Adele (16 November 2021). "The Game Awards Nominations Announced". IGN. Retrieved 13 December 2021.
  19. ^ Wilson, Jason (September 14, 2021). "Humankind is August's best-selling PC game". VentureBeat. Retrieved September 15, 2021.

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