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New footage from Patrice Désilets’ Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

Assassin’s Creed creator goes back to humankind’s earliest days for new game coming next year

Ancestors: The Human Odyssey
Ancestors: The Human Odyssey

Patrice Désilets, the original creator of the Assassin’s Creed series, tonight unveiled his new game, Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey.

First announced back in 2015, it’s a third-person, action-adventure survival game, produced by his studio, Panache Digital Games. Created in Unreal Engine, it’s set in the early years of humankind’s evolution.

Set in a lush, beautiful Africa, 10 million years ago, it’s the story of a colony of apes, interacting with their environment, including sabre-toothed beasts of yore.

Speaking at The Game Awards, Désilets said that the game is an open-world adventure that will explore the challenges of humanity’s early days. The new footage showed various incarnations of proto-humans hunting and being hunted, alone and in groups.

Désilets founded Montreal-based Panache back in 2014, after being dropped by Ubisoft in the wake of the cancellation of his project, 1666 Amsterdam. A teaser for Ancestors was first unveiled at E3 in 2015, followed by a pre-alpha trailer, released in April of last year.

Ancestors is coming out on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One next year. New footage below.