Evolve your primitive hunter gatherers through thousands of years of technological advancement. Feed, protect and grow your tribe, build towns and industry, and advance through the ages in this first person civilization builder for PC. Play with your friends in co-operative or competitive multiplayer, all on a procedurally generated planet larger than Earth.
Sapiens is currently in the very early stages of development. Closed alpha testing is expected to begin late 2019, a closed beta early 2020, and a full release on Steam some time after that.
If you are interested in helping with early pre-release testing, please join the discussion here on the forums, as we will be recruiting testers from within this community later in the year.
And if you just want to keep an eye on development, news will be posted here on this page, there are semi-monthly video dev blogs on YouTube, you can like Sapiens on Facebook, or you can follow on Twitter @playSapiens on Twitter.
Sapiens now has a shiny new Steam page! A couple of weeks ago, YouTube started featuring the Sapiens 4 years of development summary video. Since then, the game has been getting a huge amount of attention, and the videos have been viewed ... (Read More...)
This month the user interface received a total overhaul, so now every panel and button is rendered as a 3D mesh, and lit in-game. The sapiens are now eating and sleeping, the building process has more detail, and the skill system is impl... (Read More...)
Until now, the sapiens have had a sort of hive mind, where they magically know exactly who should chop down a tree and carry what where. In this video I show the new AI where they actually think individually and react to what is in their... (Read More...)
For the past 6 weeks or so I’ve been mostly working on porting the rendering engine from OpenGL to Vulkan. In this video I explain my reasons for taking on all of this extra work, and talk about some of the challenges and surprises I enc... (Read More...)
This week there are now little groups of people scattered around the world. When you first join or create a world, you look around to find a tribe you would like to lead. It's a nice way to begin the game, and those AI tribes can stay th... (Read More...)
The cavemen can build themselves little houses now, and find their ways around holes in the ground. There’s also a new way of generating rivers, much faster terrain generation and a bunch of other little tweaks and fixes. (Read More...)
This week we can finally build houses! They're still very simple, but they have floors, walls, doorways and a roof, everything a caveman needs to stay warm and dry under the everlasting sunny skies (one day I'll add rain!) (Read More...)
This week I worked on grass and rivers. Initially I just wanted to automatically remove the grass when you build floors. But once I got that working, I got a bit carried away tidying up the grass code and added new grass types, as well a... (Read More...)
Kia ora! This is the first weekly update in 5 weeks. I know. Sorry! I went on a big surfing holiday in Indonesia, and when I go away, everything stops. But I'm back to work now, and I've made some good progress this week. (Read More...)
After finding some music that fitted the game, I realized the UI looked terrible, and gave it a makeover. I also implemented a snapping mechanic for building floors, added new stockpiles, and some new grass. (Read More...)
This week I've mostly been working on stockpiles. One thing I'm keen to avoid in Ambience is any kind of inventory management. So instead of stacks of items in UI slots in chests or baskets, the resources you find, grow, or craft will al... (Read More...)
In this video I show the new mammoth models, changes to the digging and order queuing interfaces, and the new particle engine and light sources. I’ve also added the concept of a selected person, to make it easier to direct them around in... (Read More...)
Ambience has been in development for a couple of years already, but most of the work so far has been in creating a custom game engine. Until now there has been no real gameplay, just a world renderer. But that is all changing in 2018 (Read More...)