Madruga Works, the developer & publisher behind the space colony game Planetbase, has announced a spiritual successor called Dawn of Man according to a news post on the Planetbase Steam Community page.

Planetbase is a game that lets players build a colony on a few different types of planets, each with their own hazards and quirks. Our review praised the game for its challenge while also acknowledging a handful of minor issues with the title. The game has since been ported to Xbox One in May of last year, and now Madruga Works has announced their next project: Dawn of Man. A trailer has been released which shows off some of the gameplay:

Dawn of Man looks to be a similar style of game to Planetbase in that you will be managing a community of people. This time, however, things are taking place in a slightly different environment – tens of thousands of years ago, back in the time when humanity was still getting on its feet. Players will be able to create their very own village for prehistoric man and guide its development over a period of 10,000 years.

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Villagers in Dawn of Man apparently consider animal skulls pretty important.

Players will have to gather the basic resources necessary to survive. Animals can be hunted for meat, skin, and bones to provide food, clothing, and tools to your community. Of course, you’ll also be able to gather delicious berries and collect other useful materials like wood, stone, and flint from the area surrounding your village.

The Steam store description for Dawn of Man states that you can fortify your village in preparation for “inevitable conflict”. This suggests that there will likely be some kind of PvE elements in the game, perhaps against neighboring tribes building on the same map. We do see some action against other humans in the trailer, so at the very least you’ll probably be dealing with raiding parties or something similar. There is also likely to be some level of danger from wild animals. I don’t know about you, but I certainly wouldn’t feel too comfortable with a woolly mammoth waltzing through my backyard.

You can add Dawn of Man to your Steam Wishlist by heading over to its store page. As for Madruga Works’ previous title Planetbase, you can pick it up via the Humble Store [Affiliate Link], via Steam, or via the Microsoft Store for Xbox One for $19.99 or your regional equivalent. Dawn of Man will release sometime in the fourth quarter of 2018.

What do you think of Dawn of Man? Does the idea of guiding humanity in its earliest history appeal to you or would you prefer an adventure on another world? Let us know in the comments below!


Robert N. Adams

Senior Writer

I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!