Humankind Release Date and ‘Lucy OpenDev’ Demo Revealed

SEGA and Amplitude Studios have revealed that Humankind, their upcoming turn-based historical strategy game, will be released on April 22, 2021 on Steam, the Epic Games Store, and Google Stadia.

This news and a trailer were revealed at The Game Awards 2020 alongside a sneak peak at next week’s Lucy OpenDev gameplay scenario.

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From December 15-28, players who have pre-purchased Humankind on Steam will be able to play the Lucy OpenDev demo, which includes 40 cultures, land and sea battles, and diplomacy with up up to 7 AI opponents.

The Lucy OpenDev will allow players to play through 4 full gameplay era or 150 turns, whichever comes first. Each era, one of 10 cultures can be chosen to play as, and each have their own unique gameplay attributes.

Humankind will have players playing as a created avatar as opposed a famous world leader at launch, and the team has created special customized avatars for “some of our favorite Twitch streamers.” Each streamer has its own custom-picked AI persona, and can also be collected via Twitch drops and added as opponents to your game. Furthermore, if you watch enough Humankind on Twitch, you could even gain access to the Lucy OpenDev.

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For more on Humankind, check out the game’s religion system and our hands-on preview of this 4X strategy game.

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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.

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