Humankind, the turn-based strategy game that explores the entire history of humanity, has just gotten a new trailer for its very first expansion “Together We Rule”. Although no concrete release date has been confirmed yet, it is currently scheduled to release sometime this fall.
The full trailer for Humankind’s expansion is mostly cinematic, with only a glimpse of any actual gameplay. You can watch the full trailer on SEGA’s official YouTube channel here:
Although fans don’t get to see much in the trailer, this does successfully place the focus on the strong, uplifting message of the narration. It’s a sentiment of diplomacy that should definitely be heard in today’s chaotic climate. However, it also remains broad enough to avoid frustration from players who would prefer not to hear any statement on the real world in their games.
According to today’s official blog, there’ll be a variety of new and timely features for both diplomacy and espionage. This includes the operation of Agents and the Leverage resource.
These are very potent ideas that really help Humankind compete with similar games like Civilization. It’s a clever addition that gives players a path to victory which avoids violence, and that would require even more strategy.
Adding Embassies, Congress and new cultures also help Humankind catch up to longtime features that have been established for a while in its competition, without losing its own sense of personality. The new “Natural Wonders” and push for diplomacy are clearly aiming to create an atmosphere of respect.
The fans have heaped nothing but praise on the announcement, and a free update will also roll out to improve the independent people, Third Party Reinforcements, and (finally) the Stealth system. Stealth has had fundamental issues with visibility.
Humankind was always an ambitious idea, and it seems the devs haven’t given up. It’s important for games like this to establish new territory in order to stand out, and the expansion has a lot of potential.
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