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Humankind: Gameplay, features, PC system requirements, editions, and more

Discover Humankind, a strategy game developed by Amplitude Studios and published by SEGA, where players can rewrite the history of humankind.
Humankind: Gameplay, features, PC system requirements, editions, and more

After suffering several delays since its reveal at Gamescom 2019, fans of real-time strategy titles can now enjoy a new experience from Amplitude Studios and Sega, with their latest release “Humankind”.

In Humankind, players will have the opportunity to rewrite the entire history of humankind, by combining different cultures and creating incredibly unique civilizations that have no boundaries.

Let's check out all you need to know about the game.

Humankind: Gameplay details and features

Being a title so similar to sagas like Endless Space and Civilization, it’s very likely you will be very familiar with its gameplay. However, in case you don’t know much about these games, we got you covered.

In Humankind, you will have the ability to choose from 60 cultures from six different eras of human history, starting with the Ancient Era where the Egyptians and Babylonians used to rule, through the Middle Ages and European monarchies, and ending in the Modern Era with the first-world powers.

Humankind civilizations interface
Some of the civilizations you can choose in Humankind (Picture: Amplitude Studios / Sega)

The difference between this title and others of the genre is that you will be able to combine many of these as the game progresses, changing the way your civilisation will expand and develop, and its interactions with other civilisations on the randomly generated virtual planet.

Thus, when going through each of the eras of humanity, you will have to choose between 10 types of civilisations, bringing you both advantages and penalties depending on what you want to focus your game plan on, through the available affinities.

Humankind civilizations interaction
Interacting with other civilization will depend on the cultures you choose and your decisions (Picture: Amplitude Studios / Sega)

This results in having more than 1.5 million possible combinations, allowing no game to be the same as the previous one, and giving it a more than significant replay value for a 4X title.

We must add its 129 types of different units, with which you will get to go through a dozen biomes and come across 45 different species of animals that will roam the natural vastness of the world.

In addition, as civilisations grow, you will unlock up to 93 available technologies, with which you can fight against others for territories and conquest.

Humankind technologies
As you advance through the game, you can create technologies to increase your civilization's power (Picture: Amplitude Studios / Sega)

At the end of the game, your victory will not depend on your power in aspects such as the military, religion or culture, but on having achieved the highest possible international recognition, measured within the game as "fame", taking into account everything you achieved with your civilization including:

  • Conquered territories
  • Areas of cultural influence
  • Religious expansion
  • Explorers findings
  • Developed technology
  • International diplomacy

Therefore, comparing it with Civilization, it becomes more than essential to choose the appropriate cultures and decisions, in order to have a large amount of possible resources, the appropriate or balanced affinities, in order to form an all-mighty empire.

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Your success will depend of the "fame" you achieved (Picture: Amplitude Studios / Sega)

Humankind: Recommended system specifications

Thankfully as with other games in the 4X genre, its recommended specs are on a standard or mid-tier spectrum, so most players with a PC capable of running any current games in low or mid settings should be able to run Humankind as well.

Minimum PC requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7, 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel i5 4th generation / AMD FX-8300
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 770 / AMD R9 290
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 25 GB available space

Recommended PC requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7, 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel i5 6th generation (or better) / AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (or better)
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 1060 (or better) / AMD RX 5500-XT (or better)
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 25 GB available space

As of now, Amplitude Studios has only announced PC and Google Stadia releases, with no words about a release in Xbox consoles in the near future.

However, that doesn’t mean Humankind won’t come to consoles, since most of the recent 4X games were released on consoles as well, and since Humankind is available through Xbox Game Pass, this is something more than possible.

Humankind: Launch trailer and editions

Take a look at the launch trailer for the game, where you can discover more about its gameplay, and why not, convince yourself to enjoy it on your own.

Humankind is now available on Steam and Epic Games Store in two editions, whether you want to get your hands on the Standard Edition for $39.99, or get access to exclusive content and bonuses with its Digital Deluxe Edition for $49.99.

It’s also available as part of the Xbox Game Pass for PC catalogue, starting 17th August.

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Header image via Amplitude Studios.