If you performed upcoming 4X game Humankind‘s first OpenDev last year and are keen to get stuck in again before launch – or if you missed it and want your first taste of gameplay – you’re in luck. The upcoming PC game’s subsequent OpenDev is now live, and there’s a key distinction this time as the first four eras will likely be playable.

Called the Victor OpenDev – this being what Amplitude calls pre-launch fan playtesting of “targeted slices” of the recreation – this spherical is open to anybody who has pre-ordered the strategy game on Steam or the Epic Games Store. The occasion permits you to play – as its title suggests – as Victor Hugo’s avatar, proper by means of from the Neolithic to the Early Modern period. That or by means of to 150 turns, relying on which comes first. The latest OpenDev is live as of right this moment – like, proper now – and runs up till 2pm BST / 9am ET / 6am PT on May 4, so that you’ll have simply lower than two weeks to sink your enamel into it.

If you performed the earlier (Lucy) OpenDev late final yr, you’ll spot fairly a couple of adjustments this time round. For instance, there’ll be a brand new mounted map that includes lots of water, which suggests naval gameplay will sit extra prominently in the expertise. These maps will likely be randomly generated in the recreation at launch, Amplitude Studios explains in a press launch.

There’ll be different adjustments primarily based on participant suggestions from the first occasion, too, and the staff says it’s actually excited for these leaping in this spherical to verify them out. You can get a flavour of what’s to return in the new trailer beneath:

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There’s additionally a useful ‘getting started’ clip designed to assist newcomers become familiar with Humankind and get the most out of the recreation throughout the OpenDev, which you’ll be able to take a look at right here:

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The Humankind launch date is ready for August 17, 2021, and -as of writing – you’ll be able to pre-order the deluxe edition with a 30% discount at Fanatical here, or with a 17% low cost on Steam or the Epic Store.