Humankind Lucy OpenDev Demo: What is it, when does it launch, and how can you get involved?

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Following the release of its trailer at The Game Awards in early December, SEGA and Amplitude Studio's upcoming turn-based historical strategy game Humankind is set to challenge the likes of Sid Meier's Civilization series for a spot at the top of the strategy game genre.

While Humankind is not set to release until Spring 2021, players will have a chance to test out a section of the game in an OpenDev Demo next week.

Here's everything you need to know about Humankind's Lucy OpenDev demo, and how to get involved.

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What is the Lucy OpenDev demo?

The Lucy OpenDev demo is a targeted gameplay scenario created by the developers to collect feedback from playtesters and their community ahead of Humankind's release next year.

The Lucy OpenDev scenario will feature four full gameplay eras that each have ten different cultures to choose from, allowing the demo to last approximately 150 turns.

By allowing players to progress to the Early Modern era (Era 4), players will be able to wage advanced warfare on both the land and sea, going beyond the more primitive skirmishes from previous eras. Players will also be able to test out Humankind's contextual diplomacy system with seven other AI opponents.

When Humankind launches, players will be able to create their own custom avatars to play with. In the OpenDev demo, however, players will take control of Lucy, a character that features in the latest trailer shown off at The Game Awards. You can view the trailer below:

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When does the Humankind OpenDev demo launch?

The latest Humankind demo period will begin on Tuesday December 15 at 3 PM GMT/10 AM EST/ 7 AM PT, and will and at the same time on Monday December 28.

The demo will end just under four months ahead of the full launch of Humankind. The Game Awards' Humankind trailer revealed that the turn-based strategy game will release on April 22, 2021 on Steam, Google Stadia, and the Epic Games Store.

How to play the Humankind Lucy OpenDev demo

The Humankind OpenDev demo will be available for all who have pre-purchased the game on Steam. Players will need to create or login to their Games2Gether account and visit the rewards page here after the demo period begins, where they can redeem the Lucy OpenDev demo.

Alternatively, viewers of selected Twitch streamers will be in with a chance of winning a Steam Key via Twitch Drops.

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