Once Human: Release Date, Latest News & Leaks

Have you ever wondered what Stranger Things would look like as an RPG? NetEase Games asked themselves the question, and it prompted them to develop Once Human, an upcoming PC game. We’ve broken down everything you need to know about this RPG, and we think you’ll be pretty excited for what’s to come.

Travel to the world of Nalcott and experience never-before-seen horror stories! | @NetEase Games

Darkness surrounds every corner of Once Human, as this upcoming action-adventure game seeks to change the mold of open-world survival. To achieve this goal, NetEase Games has introduced an assortment of combat and exploration skills for players to explore. This resulted in a similar experience to The Division and PUBG.

You can see an immediate difference between Once Human and PUBG. For example, demonic creatures roam the world of Nalcott. These creatures will wreak havoc across the land unless we do something to stop them. But do we have what it takes? This is the real question that we will explore in our analysis of Once Human.

Is Once Human coming out in 2023?

NetEase Games has not announced the release date of Once Human at Summer Game Fest 2022. As such, development on this upcoming RPG is still ongoing.

We’ll be waiting a few more years before NetEase releases Once Human for PC. Unfortunately, Once Human has not been announced for the Xbox Series X/S or PS5.

Game Setting, Story, and Everything We Know About Once Human

Explore a post-apocalyptic world in Once Human, as we struggle to survive against unexpected threats like Clan Aberrant and Vulture. However, to survive this post-apocalyptic world, everyone must reclaim stardust-infected lands for timber, crops, and wild animals. This will be the only way to create a farm and acquire food to eat.

Meet the Rabizex, one of the enemies you encounter in Once Human. | @NetEase Games

These materials can be used to restore civilization, upgrade various weapons, create new vehicles, and craft post-apocalyptic gear. All of this will be handled through the “Cradle System” which allows for further customization of your character.

You’ll need to focus on your character development, as PvE modes run rampant throughout Once Human. There are dungeon raids and hundreds of open-world tasks mixed in with the challenge of the big one. This is a challenge exclusive to Once Human, which if completed will result in a bountiful amount of loot.

Looting is not limited to the Grand Challenge, as there is also a location named Stronghold Contest. We’ve explained what this location means and more below. If you’re interested in Once Human, we recommend you keep reading. This game might impress you more than God of War Ragnarök!

The map

Welcome to the world of Nalcott. It’s a particular planet that was ravaged by the Stardust apocalypse. But one man’s disaster can be another man’s glory, as Nalcott offers tremendous opportunities for all. There will be four notable locations on the map, including:

An unnamed place in the conquest of the fortress of Nalcott, Once Human | @NetEase Games
  • Forest: Lush wildlife, diverse ecosystems and diverse wildlife species await in the forest. You can expect beautiful scenery from this place. But don’t get too comfortable, because there’s a secret bunker and a hunting lodge to find. Unexpected battles can be experienced in this place.
  • Desert: This place has become a barren wasteland where mutated creatures and humanity fight for resources. You can expect intense battles throughout the desert.
  • Swamp: Overgrown vegetation, wet weather, and abandoned human settlements await players in the swamp. But watch your back as enemies linger in the vegetation, waiting to pounce at any moment.
  • Fortress conquest: The conquest of the fortress is a continuation of the forest. However, this location is only built for PvP and PvE combat. Entering this area will guarantee a fight, as avoiding enemies is not an option.

NetEase Games surprised us with the size and scope of their open world environment, as it is significantly larger than Fortnite Where war zone. Therefore, we recommend everyone who reads to prepare for a vast adventure and hours of exploration.

Aberrant enemies and bosses

You will face many enemies throughout your adventures in Nalcott, and we have been introduced to some of these enemies. Trust us, they are intimidating and scary to see. But the strongest players will overcome their obstacles to defeat the outlier, like what was seen with the swarm in armament of war.

Explore the scorching and traveling fields of Nalcott in Once Human | @NetEase Games
  • Treant: This demonic creature has the characteristics of an ant and a tree. It will go through areas like the forest and potentially conquering the fortress.
  • Rabizex: Cosmic destruction best describes the Rabizex, which resembles a horrific greyhound possessed by the Stardust infection.
  • Vile Shadowhunter: This humanoid beast has a minigun and a claw attached to its body, which allowed it to become an unthinkable creature. Most players will fight against the Foul Shadowhunter.
  • Arachsia: Imagine a black widow spider that has been made 1000 times more horrible; that’s what you get with the Arachsiam. This should be the most gruesome and fearsome creature we face in Once Human.
  • Aberrant Humanoids: These people have become possessed and want to harm us as they float above our heads, ready to pounce. Luckily, these are the easiest enemies to defeat in Once Human.

Beyond these outlier bosses, you’ll find that other players are the hardest things to overcome in Once Human. It’s not the outlier you need to worry about, but other players competing in clans.


NetEase Games supports five different factions in Once Human. The chosen faction is very important for your experience in Once Human, as some factions are more civilized than others. Also, the clan you select will influence your gaming abilities, so give serious thought to which faction you choose.

This is expected to be one of the final bosses in Once Human, an upcoming survival horror RPG | @NetEase Games
  • Short-lived: Discover a ranger lifestyle by joining the Mayfly clan. These individuals fight for the protection of justice and freedom. They never give in to tyrannical men, as the Mayfly clan is a symbol of hope and courage in Once Human.
  • Black fall: Once an industrial town of oil workers, Blackfell has become a sanctuary for the working class. This was mainly due to their strict rationing, oil resources and labor system.
  • Rosettes: Do you want to become an indomitable force that has no rules to follow? Then the Rosetta clan is for you. These people are professed in communication technologies, military weapons and chemical warfare.
  • Vulture: Is the thug life for you? Then consider the vulture clan, as these individuals were outcasts in the old world. They never planned to be different during the Stardust infection.
  • Guerilla: The Guerilla Clan is focused on rebuilding order. They’ve faced heavy criticism from those who favor the Stardust infection, but the Guerilla Clan isn’t stopping in their goal of creating a united government. If you want to restore order, the Guerilla Clan is for you!

These clans will interact in vast battles, as everyone is challenged for control and territory. This is where fortress conquest comes in, as anyone entering this area will find themselves in PvP battles. In addition, PvP battles are mixed with PvE to make fortress conquest more difficult.

Luckily for you, Once Human offers an assortment of deadly weapons and destructive skills to defeat these foes. But remember that the Stronghold Contest can take place in many areas and these battles never run out of enemies.

Is Once Human coming to Xbox Series X/S and PC?

Unfortunately, there have been no announcements suggesting Once Human is coming to the Xbox Series X/S and PS5. However, wWe learned that Once Human is coming to PC and Mobile.

We’re confident that NetEase is bringing its next RPG to Steam and the steam bridge. This is speculative, as Once Human has not been confirmed for Steam.

Is Once Human part of Xbox Game Pass?

As previously mentioned, there has been no information to suggest Once Human is coming to the Xbox Game Pass. If this RPG were to come to Xbox Game Pass, it would likely be exclusive to the PC version.

EarlyGame will let you know which consoles are supported and when Once Human will be released. Be sure to stay informed by bookmarking this article. We hope you enjoyed our review of NetEase’s Once Human, as this game seeks to change the mold of survival horror RPGs.

Game trailer

Watch the Summer Game Fest 2022 trailer for Once Human. You will see comparisons between Once Human and stranger thingswhich is beneficial for long-time supporters of Netflix’s most popular show.

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