Historical 4X strategy game Humankind today unveiled its first post-launch DLC. Set to launch later this month, the Cultures of Africa Pack will expand the available pool of cultures with six new additions.
Humankind - Cultures of Africa Pack also gives players who purchase it access to a handful of new wonders, independent people to work with or assimilate during playthroughs, as well as new narrative events that help shape their civilization.
Developer Amplitude Studios has shared a handful of details about the game's six newest cultures as well as which in-game eras they belong to.
- Era 1 - Bantu (Expansionist): The Bantu expansion is a postulated series of major migrations of an original Ntu-speaking group from Central- West-Africa across much of sub-Saharan Africa.
- Era 2 - Garamantes (Agrarian): The Garamantes emerged as a major regional power in the mid-second century AD. Their growth and expansion rested on a complex and extensive qanat irrigation system (known as foggaras in Berber), which supported a strong agricultural economy and large population.
- Era 3 - Swahili (Merchant): The rise of the Swahili coast city-states can be largely attributed to the region's extensive participation in a trade network that spanned the Indian Ocean.
- Era 4 - Maasai (Agrarian): A fierce pastoralist people with a Nilotic (rather than Bantu or Swahili) language. For the Maasai, achieving warrior status meant single-handedly killing a lion with a spear.
- Era 5 - Ethiopians (Militarist): During the Scramble for Africa, Ethiopia and Liberia were the only two nations that preserved their sovereignty from long-term colonization by a European colonial power. By weaving the natural cliffs and ledges into the creation of their fortresses, Ethiopia was able to fend off most colonial forces.
- Era 6 - Nigerians (Agrarian): Nigeria unites a wide variety of cultures under the rule of one state. The variety of its terrain and the abundance of its hydraulic resources offer it significant agricultural possibilities and make it one of West Africa's foremost producers.
The DLC also grants access to the Lake Natron, Mount Kilimandjaro, Victoria Falls, Zuma Rock, and The Great Mosque of Djenne wonders, alongside 7 new independent people, and 15 new narrative events.
Humankind - Cultures of Africa Pack launches on PC on January 20, for the price of $8.99/8.99€/£8.99 or your regional equivalent. Pre-orders are now live, slicing off 10% from its base price.
In our review, we found that the base game "can’t quite rival the blooming personality of the Endless games" but its culture swapping mechanic provided plenty of flexibility in terms of gameplay, making it a good pick if you're looking for a new 4X game.
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