Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey gameplay screenshot

Panache Digital Games has released the first of three videos looking into the gameplay of its upcoming title Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey.

In a post on the PlayStation Blog, studio co-founder and creative director Patrice Désilets stated that the developer is “now getting closer to release.” He noted that he is “proud of what we’ve achieved in the four years since we first started Panache in my living room,” stating that the team has grown from six developers to 35.

In the gameplay trailer, titled ‘Explore’, Désilets says that the player has the world to explore for themselves, with no mini-map to guide their journey. The only continuous objectives for the player is to eat, drink, and sleep; to regain their stamina, players must sleep for at least four hours.

Throughout the game, the player will encounter several different threats. These threats may often attack each other, not only the player. Players must be cautious of other things that may kill them in the game, avoiding dangerous foods, deep waterways, and high ledges.

Désilets reminds players that they are playing in an environment that wants to kill them: “Extinction is the norm, survival is the exception.”

The game begins over 10 million years ago, but spans over a time period of eight million years. Check out the trailer below, and expect two new trailers—’Expand’ and ‘Evolve’—in the coming months.

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey was first announced in 2015 by Désilets, known for his work on Assassin’s Creed (including the original game, its sequel, and Brotherhood) and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. After slowly releasing information in the years to follow, Panache Digital Games partnered with Take-Two Interactive’s new publishing label Private Division to distribute the game, later revealing gameplay and a release window at The Game Awards 2018.

The game will launch for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in 2019. The PC release will be exclusively through the Epic Games Store.

Rhain Radford-Burns
Rhain discovered a long time ago that mixing one of his passions (video games) with the other (writing) might be a good idea, and now he’s been stuck in the industry for over six years with no means of escaping. His favourite games are those with deep and captivating narratives: while it would take far too long to list them all, some include L.A. Noire, Red Dead Redemption (and its sequel), Wolfenstein: The New Order, The Last of Us, and the Uncharted series.

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