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Once Human release countdown: Exact start time and date

It's almost time to save humanity.

Once Human, the open-world post-apocalyptic game, is launching much sooner than anyone expected, given that the beta test had only finished mid-May.

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As the release date draws near, we’re all eagerly counting down the days and hours until we can finally play the full game when it drops in July.

Once Human start time and release date

A Once Human player looking at the game world
There’s a vast world for you to explore. Image via Starry Studio

During the 2024 Summer Games Fest held on June 7, it the devs released Once Human will officially launch on Tuesday, July 9. Unfortunately, there’s no official release start time yet. But, as games historically launch at midnight on release day, we expect Once Human to drop at midnight.

So, while there is no official release time, we have set the countdown timer for 12am CT on Tuesday, July 9.


The start time of this release might change if the devs launch Once Human later in the day. We’ll update the countdown timer to reflect this.

As there were quite a few bugs, errors, and optimization issues during the beta, the fact it’s releasing so soon is a tad concerning. Hopefully, the developers were able to fix these issues so we’ll have a much smoother experience when the game arrives. While the lore and the storyline were incredible, not everyone could experience them due to the errors and issues that plagued the first playtest.

A free, limited-time demo is available on Steam for those eager to try Once Human. Although you can download it right now, the servers don’t open until June 10 at 12pm CST, and the demo will only be accessible until June 17.

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Hayley is a gamer, writer, and author with a background in Business. Hayley graduated with a dual degree in Business Management and Human Resource Management in Australia. She spent many years in business until she found her passion for creative writing and the gaming industry. When she’s not indulging in the latest anime, she can be found reading or playing video games.