Humankind, the upcoming historical 4X strategy game developed by Amplitude Studios and published by Sega, has been delayed until later this year. This is a surprising announcement, as its original release date was slate for just next month on the 22nd of April. The new release date is set to 17th August 2021.
Amplitude Studios has explained in a development blog that they will use this time to address feedback provided by the OpenDev program, a Beta-like opportunity that allowed players to play an early build of the game. They will be re-working the pacing, balancing, AI systems, and many other aspects to “make Humankind the best game that it can be”. Their statement plus a full list of what they’re working on can be found on Humankind’s development blog. Those who have pre-purchased the game will receive a ‘Lucy’ and ‘Edgar Allen Poe’ avatar set as compensation for the delay.
Lise at Checkpoint got a chance to go hands-on with Humankind during the ‘Lucy’ OpenDev build. They found that although it looks and feels comfortably similar to the Civilization series, it soon takes a turn that marks it as a unique take on the 4X strategy genre that “could give Civilization a run for its money”. Check out their full thoughts here!