Sega and Amplitude Studios announced their new strategy game, Humankind, at Gamescom Opening Night Live. The trailer doesn't mention any platforms, but it's likely planned for PC as other Amplitude games usually are. It's unknown if it will use the Steam Early Access program similar to Endless Space 2, but the trailer says "Coming 2020" at the end.
The premise of Humankind is similar to Sid Meier's Civilization in that you start from the Neolithic era and lead your people to the modern era. It's up to you how your civilization forms based on your decisions between each era. That still doesn't answer how the Geico caveman made it to space and why he's playing the piano.
"Amplitude Studios was founded with the intention of creating this game, all the games we've created up until now have been leading up to this moment," said chief creative officer, Romain de Waubert. "We are so excited to finally be able to share with the community what has been at the heart of Amplitude since day one."
Take a peek at some of the features according to the website and the trailer revealed below.
Content Coming to Humankind
- 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 the 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!
A demo for Humankind is available at Gamescom in the SEGA area of the Deep Silver booth at Hall 9.1, Stand C-015-C-020.
Be sure to let us know what you think of the trailer!