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Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey will launch on Epic Games Store

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Coming to PC in August, to Xbox One and PS4 in December

The highly anticipated Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey has a release date: Aug. 27, and its Windows PC version will be sold on the Epic Games Store. Ancestors’ launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will follow in December.

Ancestors, by Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Désilets, is a survival game that traces human evolution from its origins in hominids and other proto-human species. In a preview from April, we found it to be a game of constant development and experimentation, which manifest in a type of gamified evolution and traits the player can pass down to succeeding generations.

“Our goal for Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is to provide an experience no player has ever lived before,” Désilets said in a statement. A news release said the game is set in the Neogene period, which spanned 23 million to 2.5 million years ago. Toward the end of this period, early hominids first appeared in Africa, where the game’s adventure takes place.

Ancestors is the first game by Panache Digital Games, the studio Désilets founded after leaving Ubisoft and, later, THQ. It is published by Private Division, which is the newest publishing arm of 2K Games and Rockstar Games parent Take-Two Interactive.