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Humankind is one of my favorite games of 2021 so far, the one I’ve been waiting for since it was announced in 2019 at Gamescom. It turns out that many of you were looking forward to it, too.
The NPD Group market researcher said today that Humankind is the best-selling PC game of August, ranking fourth overall in sales. Sega Europe and Amplitude Studios’ 4X strategy game is the best-selling PC strategy game since Crusader Kings III in 2020, according to The NPD Group.
That’s a solid performance for a game that launched on August 17, mid-report month. This shows that the PC gaming market still wants 4X strategy games (another good, Old World, launched in Early Access in July). It’s also a sign that the main mechanism of humanity, which changes civilizations as you advance from era to era, has found ground with players.
The NPD also said Humankind is fifth on the list of best-selling PC games for 2021, behind Outriders, Resident Evil: Village, Sea of Thieves and Halo: The Master Chief collection in its follow-up. But analyst Mat Piscatella said in an email that doesn’t include all of the different storefronts for PC games.
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“Keep in mind though that PC tracking only includes Steam, and many of the best titles on Steam come from publishers outside of the Digital Leader Panel,” he said. “In addition, although Take-Two Interactive is part of the Digital Leader Panel and shares its digital sales data, its digital revenues are excluded when it comes to top-selling titles. “
This basically means that, however you measure it, Humankind has sold quite well for Sega Europe and Amplitude.
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