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Once Human

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

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'Once Human' Unveils March Beta Test, Multiplayer Gameplay, And Android/iOS Version - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Feb. 23, 2024 @ 11:10 p.m. PST

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.

Developer Starry Studios has unveiled a new gameplay trailer for Once Human, showcasing various survival adventures with crews in an anomalous world, with hints of exciting new features including the new Deviant gameplay.

Furthermore, the team has announced a new beta test plan with major updates for both PC and a brand new mobile version, which will commence on March 28, 2024.

New feature, new monster and new area available in the upcoming Beta

A variety of innovative gameplay elements will show up in the next Beta. They include new monsters showcased in the trailer, featuring a creature with a drill bit head, as well as formidable new bosses. 

Additionally, players can explore the much-anticipated Eternaland, a new personalized area where they have the freedom to construct diverse buildings, explore territories, and solve puzzles. Furthermore, following the advice of players in the previous Beta, a brand-new PVP season will make its debut in this upcoming test! 

New trailer demonstrates multiplayer gameplay

With the announcement of the Beta, Once Human released an exciting new trailer, which demonstrates the numerous in-game multiplayer gameplay modes available as players team up to explore the anomalous world and gather resources to build their shelter. They can also delve into aberration-ridden caves, board long-legged buses in search of treasure, and defend their territory from monsters alongside their comrades.

At the end of the video, a player is accompanied by a magic alpaca, who instantly produces a rabbit from a hat that can be used as a food source, making people wonder if this could be a clue that a pet or companion gameplay will be coming in the future.

How to join the upcoming Beta

Once Human's new Beta will start on March 28, 2024. For an opportunity join the test, (sign up on the official Once Human website). The mobile version registration is now on-going while pre-registration for PC users will soon be available as well.

Once Human is coming to Android, iOS and PC (Steam) in Q3 2024.

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