The one piece of universal advice given to time travelers is “be careful what you do in the past.” It’s an accepted trope that anyone visiting a previous century cannot alter the course of events too much, else they cause irreparable damage. Yet in Sega’s newly announced strategy game Humankind, that’s the whole point.

Let’s face it: human history is awful. It’s thousands of years of suffering. If you could make it better, why the heck not? Here’s your chance, then. Go back in time and found a new civilization, or take over an existing one. Take charge of the past to make a better present.

  • 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 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!

Aplitude CCO Romain de Waubert says “Amplitude Studios was founded with the intention of creating this game [Humankind], all the games we’ve created up until now have been leading up to this moment. We are so excited to finally be able to share with the community what has been at the heart of Amplitude since day one.”

Humankind is currently slated for a 2020 release on PCs and Macs. Attendees of Gamescom will be able to see it at the Sega area of the Deep Silver booth in Hall 9.1, Stand C-015-C-020.