You start Humankind as a nomadic tribe in the Neolithic era. The wilderness around you holds pockets of treasure: a resource deposit here, a volcanic pool there. As I move my tribe across the map I’m rewarded for discovering the Great Blue Hole, a circular underwater ravine. I’m discovering the world, and I haven’t built my first settlement yet.
Amplitude’s strategy games have been getting better and better since the studio formed in 2011. The Endless Space series introduced some truly bizarre factions to the space 4X formula, but Humankind owes more to the studio’s fantasy game, Endless Legend. Humankind has many similar features, in the way that your cities grow district by district, and battles taking place across multiple hexes in a minigame that asks you to make tactical decisions to hopefully outwit the AI – more than just two hexes rolling dice against each other. Though Endless Legend is set in a colourful world of high fantasy races, Humankind is a more grounded project.
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