Looking for an alternative to the Civilization games? Then ought to be excited for Humankind, the new 4X Civ-like from Amplitude Studios (Endless Space). The game was unveiled at the Gamescom Opening Night Live show, and the game’s trailer makes it look a lot like Civilization VI, but there is a twist – Humankind won’t force you to stick to a single culture. Instead, you start in caveman times, then evolve into multiple different civilizations. So, you may start as, say, the Egyptians, but then evolve into the Greeks, Romans, or Chinese. Not exactly the most historically accurate approach, but it could be interesting. Check out the debut trailer for Humankind, below.
Here’s a rundown of Humankind’s features:
- One million civilizations – Create your own unique civilization by combining 60 different historical cultures from across the heritage of humanity. Begin as Ancient Egypt, then evolve into the Romans, the Khmers, or perhaps the Vikings. The choice is up to you. Each culture brings its own special gameplay layer, leading to near-endless outcomes.
- More than history, it's your story - Face real historical events and figures, make great scientific discoveries, and visit the wonders of the world. Shape your people's beliefs and confront other players. Every decision you make adds a flourish to your story.
- In the eyes of posterity – The journey matters more than destination. Fame is a new and unifying victory condition. Every great deed you accomplish, every moral choice you make, every battle won will build your fame and leave a lasting impact on the world. The player with the most fame will win the game.
- A tactical world – Show off your tactical skills by mastering terrain elevation, city-building, full tactical battles and warfare. Choose the high ground for your city, and it will be harder to siege. Deploy your archers in the woods to avoid stampeding horsemen. Call upon your allies to help you in times of need and transform an epic battle into a full-scale multiplayer world war!
As a pretty hardcore Civilization fan, I’m definitely intrigued by Humankind. By the same token, given how similar the game looks to Civ, it’s really going to have to justify its existence to me.
Humankind will launch on PC sometime in 2020. And yes, it’s coming to Steam.