Humankind developer Amplitude Games has announced a free weekend for Humankind. The Civilization-style historical strategy game from the team behind Endless Space and Endless Legend is one of the best 4X games on PC right now, and brings some great ideas to the table that’s worth a shot if you’ve had your fill. from Civ or just fancy something a little different. Luckily, anyone who wants to try it can do so as Humankind will be free-to-play for several days to celebrate the revealed release date for its first expansion, Together We Rule.
You can play Humankind for free from October 6 to 10 on Steam as part of the SEGA Megamix sale. If you like what you see, the game itself will be half off during the sale, with additional discounts of up to 33% on its additional culture packs such as the Humankind Latin America DLC. Plus, you’ll be able to pre-purchase Humankind’s first full expansion for 10% off before its November release.
The Humankind: Together We Rule release date is November 9. The upcoming expansion focuses on international diplomacy and introduces the “Congress of Humanity” as well as embassies, agents, a new diplomatic affinity that allows its cultures to play a more active role in world politics, six new cultures (the Sumerians, Han Chinese, Bulgarians, Swiss, Scots and Singaporeans), six new wonders, and new narrative and musical events.
Humankind: Together We Rule will be available on Steam, Epic Games Store and Microsoft Store for $19.99 USD / £15.99 GBP / €19.99 EUR. As stated above, there will be 10% off if purchased before release. You can watch the gameplay preview of the new expansion below:
That’s not all, however – November 9 also sees the release of a free “Metternich” update for Humankind. This will be for all players, whether they own the expansion or not, and will introduce new stealth mechanics as well as the independent peoples revamp, allowing third-party reinforcements during battles and adding new options and improvements to the user interface.
The head of Amplitude Studios says he’s “sure there will be” one day Humankind 2, although we shouldn’t expect to hear anything like that anytime soon. If you’re still not sold on the prospect of free-to-play, our Humankind review explains how its new ideas promise to change the 4X genre. If you’re looking for something new to play, our picks of the best city building games on PC and the best turn-based strategy games are great places to start.