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Once Human

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Developer: NetEase
Release Date: Q4 2023

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'Once Human' Details Formulas System And Gun Perks Game Mechanics, Introduces The Treant Creature - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2022 @ 1:19 a.m. PDT

Once Human is a sandbox survival game where you, as Meta-Human, need to survive in the harsh environment with swarms of enemies and rebuild the human civilization after the world was changed by the apocalypse.

Aberrant particles stayed dormant in the nether, waiting for the call of the Great One and driving the world into madness; one day, scientists opened a gate … Following a New Weird style, Once Human combines the rationality in science with the mysteries of the unknown. In a precarious world where all common sense is distorted, will humanity fall into the abyss or thrive on adversity?

To survive in the wasteland, humans must unite in groups. With coldblooded research nuts, honest yet simple civilians, violent lunatics, optimistic dreamers and lone wolves, factions are formed. Among these factions, five attract the most attention: Rosetta, Blackfell, Vulture, Guerilla, and Mayfly.

Plant, animal and human infected by Stardust will transform into disfigured monsters called Aberrant. Once polluted by Stardust, the host will be swept along to join the evolution route of Stardust while the winner becomes an advanced organism and the failed ones decay to dust. In early state, Aberrants may not be too aggressive, but as time goes, they will be driven wholly by the desire to evolve and show their cruel nature.

With multiple weapon choices from handgun to submachine gun, players may excel in hardcore battles with their most handy firearm. What's more, your favorite gun actually grows with you! Use gun perk to make a killing machine out of your weapon. Use lethal weapons and unleash destructive skills to fight your way out. Battles can take place almost anywhere in Nalcott. With Aberrant, Rosetta and Vultures rampaging about, you are never short of enemies.

In the Stronghold Contest, Defender and Attacker battle to take control of the Beacon Area in the middle stronghold, and capture progress will accumulate when the area is free of the opposite team. Whoever seizes the area is the winner.

Various landscapes, realistic weather changes, and distinctive features. From desert to forest, Once Human offers a glimpse of the world taken over by nature and otherworldly creatures.

Once Human recently announced that it will launch a new beta test for PC in November. Testers for this beta test will be selected through a questionnaire, which is now available on the Once Human official website and at the following link.  If you want to be one of the early testers, make sure to pre-register and fill out the questionnaire in advance.

NetEase Games released info about two vital systems updates, Formulas System and Gun Perks, which can surely be experienced in the PC beta test!

Formulas System revived a complete over haul

To enable players to view and plan their growth paths in the game more clearly, the development team announced that they are focusing on iterating the Memetic System and integrating some character development-related functions.


The memetic system has received a complete overhaul, and has been renamed the “Formula System”! As its name implies, the “Formula System” includes the formulas for almost everything that you can craft in game, including building parts, explosives, medicines, and so on.

Updated Formulas System strengthens the connection between character development and boss fight. After defeating a specific boss, you will unlock a whole formula tree, where you can use formula points to activate a specific formula and then craft that item on your workbenches.

There are more approaches that you can gain the formula points. Leveling up and exploring in the wild can earn you formula points. If you change your mind about which formula to activate, you can always reset your point allocation at zero cost.

Gun Perks System updated more build choices

Find the default weapon weak and boring? The development team announced that they are putting their back into working on the Gun Perks System! Customize any of your firearms by adding gun perks to them. Perks can be found by exploring the world and killing enemies. They will grant the weapon new abilities as well as stat boosts.


Generally, one weapon can equip up to eight gun perks at once. However, there is a maximum perk cost for each weapon. Higher-level perks will have higher costs than lower-level perks, so make sure that you find the right build and make the most out of your perk combination!

Treant: tragic story behind its beautiful appearance

After introducing the backstory of Arachsiam, the development team introduced another new powerful aberrant: the Treant. This creature's formidable yet beautiful appearance conceals a hidden, tragic, beginning.


Stardust is an alien parasite that normally infests animals by sapping the host's energy and using its flesh to replicate. In some extreme cases, plants can become contaminated as well as animals. For example, if a pregnant woman were to eat a contaminated plant, the Stardust inside the plant tissue would invade the fetus and absorb energy from it. But sometimes, for unknown reasons, the fetus is able to survive the attack and coexist with the Stardust. Together, the fetus and Stardust drain the mother's energy until the Stardust is strong enough to further replicate. The result, is a Treant.


In the body of the Treant, the Stardust binds three lives together: the mother, the baby, and the plant. They, or together, it, are driven by a fierce hatred of nature's unjust cruelty. This hatred gives the Treant power, and elevates it into the realm of the Great Ones.

A Treant can summon tangled vines and dandelions to attack players. And be warned, a Treant retains nothing of a plant's calm, gentle nature. If anything, it just makes it even more fearsome in combat.


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