Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

Set in Neogene period Africa, Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is an action-adventure survival game played from a third-person perspective where players are tasked with ensuring their lineage’s survival through an evolution of 8 million years, from our first known ancestors to Homo ergaster. By analyzing their surroundings, interacting with various objects and creatures, communicating with their clan, and performing physical feats, players will be able to grow the powers of the neuronal network, a system which provides role-playing like mechanics that increase the hominids’ traits and abilities. In a novel twist, game mechanics are built around the core functions of what makes us all human – senses, intelligence, communication and motricity inspired systems help players navigate through the fray and go from the fear of the unknown to the exhilaration of discovery. It is the players’ choices and actions that ultimately determine their story of evolution from prey to predator.

The game was designed to let players freely experiment and explore in order to write their own story of evolution. There is no set narrative nor official missions to complete. As we wanted to help players as little as possible, we simply give broad objectives to guide them. There is no mini-map – players need to use landmarks in the environment to find their way around and rely on their senses and intelligence to identify food or threats lurking in different corners. It is a game about learning – both for you, as a player, and your hominids.

Studio: Panache Digital Games / @PanacheDGames
Country of origin: Canada
Genre: Simulation
Single Player only
Release: 08/27/2019
Platforms: Desktop Computer (Windows), Console (Xbox 360 or Xbox One), Console (Playstation 3 or Playstation 4)

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Meet the Makers:

“Panache Digital Games is a Montreal-based independent development studio cofounded in 2014 by acclaimed creative director Patrice Désilets and his acolyte Jean-François Boivin. With a team of industry veterans, Panache Digital Games aims to deliver the very best quality experience for fans with games that are beautiful, original and fun. Pushing boundaries and thinking outside the box is in the team’s DNA and the way we make games is a reflection of that.”