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“New Weird” Survival Game Once Human Reveals New Upgrade of the Building System and Monster Background Story

Get an in-depth look at the latest development from Once Human
[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Game Developer and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press]

GUANGZHOU, China – (August 11, 2022) – Once Human, the New Weird Sandbox Survival Game of NetEase Games, released its first trailer at IGN’s Summer of Gaming. New Weird art style, creepy aberrant monsters and rich sandbox gameplay attracts a great number of followers. Players, 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.


Recently the Once Human development team has revealed the latest development progress on building system and the background story of the monster Arachsiam.

More DIY options in the Building System

Building system with high degree of freedom is one of Once Human’s attractive essence. Players can build their territories anywhere in the world: desert, forest, mountain valley, etc. Now, the development team has added more DIY options in the building system to ignite players’ architectural creativity. Three different sets of building structures with different materials are now available to all players to choose from. Players may keep their wooden cabin to maintain a vacation flavor. Or they may upgrade their house to a stone mansion or even an aluminum safe house.

Upgrade version of the structures

In Once Human, upgrading territory building structures also strengthens the defense of the buildings against enemies. However, players are free to create any mix-match of building blocks satisfying their own aesthetics. A colorful tiled roof may go well with an aluminum-framed fence, that is both pleasant visually and tough against a roaming aberrant.

In the meantime, the Once Human development team always welcomes players to share in the game community any ideas about what building structures they would like to have in their territory. For sure, there will soon be more customizable home decorations and building blocks available in game.

Defensive system is available now

It is never enough for the players to hide from enemies behind tough walls and fences. One day, they will have to actively fight back! And now, Once Human has successfully integrated customizable defensive structure buildings in Stronghold Conquest. Players can now construct a variety of defensive structures and use them against other Beyonders during combats. Some of these structures provide covers for teammates and protections for the HIVE beacon, some block enemy’s sight, and others are powerful automatic turrets bringing doomsday to the enemy frontline. Fortifying territories and strongholds with some strategies and it will no doubt be the enemy’s worst nightmare.

Arachsiam: the cunning, formidable predator

In the recent update, Once Human introduced to all players a new powerful aberrant monster from another dimension: the Arachsiam. As one of the most formidable monsters of the game, Arachsiam, the giant spider, is also extremely cunning. Hiding in humid and dark places like all spiders, it dwells in the deeps of mountains and canyons.

Researchers believe that it used to be from a normal spider species. But the Stardust infection connected it with other dimensions, distorted its shape, and empowered it into a Great One.

Arachsiam's most distinguishing feature, aside from its unusual size, is the human skull on its front, a byproduct of its distorted growth. Mother Arachsiam would paralyze prey and bring it to the end of its cavern for its baby to parasitize, and the baby will live in the host’s head, absorbing energy until it is big enough to hunt on its own. By then, the body of the prey is withered and fallen apart. Yet the skull of it remains to become a part of the young Arachsiam’s body. And, since humans are the most preferred prey for Arachsiam, most of these grotesque creatures wear human skulls, both as their trophy and a warning sigh to any creature nearby.

Arachsiam is also highly protective of its territory. It rarely leaves its habitat, spending most of its time knitting a giant web that may extend for miles and patiently waiting for its prey. When its body senses the tiniest vibrations on its web, it moves swiftly and silently through its territory to capture the unlucky creature. The venom stored in its abdomen contains neurotoxins that can instantly paralyze its prey. Be sure to be well-prepared before stepping into Arachsiam’s dimension. Any trespass into its territory will be considered as a death sentence. The development team are eagerly waiting for players to team up and challenge this formidable yet cunning boss!

According to the development team, the game will launch a new beta test in the next few months. And then, all the new releases above will be ready for players to experience in game. Follow the official website and Discord to keep track of the latest development and test information.

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Once Human is an open-world sandbox survival game based on the genre of the New Weird. Craft firearms, build territory, ward off monsters and rebuild human civilization. Every choice you make would affect the fate of this apocalyptical world. It is time to wake up, Beyonders.
About NetEase Games
NetEase Games is the online games division of NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES and HKEX: 9999), developing and operating some of the most popular mobile and PC games in markets including China and Japan. As one of the world's largest incubators of quality online game content, NetEase Games is dedicated to supporting the growth of innovative studios around the globe and growing an international presence along the way. To complement its self-developed games and world-class R&D capabilities, NetEase Games also partners with other industry leaders including Blizzard Entertainment, Mojang AB (a Microsoft subsidiary) and other global game developers to operate some of the most popular international online games in China. For more information, please visit
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