Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey – Exploring Our Own Origin Story

Open world survival games are now a dying trend, after flooding the market since 2015.

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is an upcoming entry that offers a novel twist on the formula. One that could reignite interest in the flailing genre.

Developers have dabbled with representations of our earliest ancestors in the past. The underwhelming Far Cry Primal looked an enticing concept but failed to deliver in a genre that’s relatively untapped.

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey may finally have cracked that code promising an engaging primitive adventure that’s both accessible and challenging.

Panache Digital Games

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey will be the first game from studio Panache Digital Games. The studio that was established by former Ubisoft and THQ creative director Patrice Desilets.

During his time at Ubisoft, he was best known for his work on the Assassin’s Creed series. Creating the first instalment, subsequent sequel and Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. Prior to that he also developed popular reboot Prince of Persia: Sands of Time.

Desilets originally left Ubisoft in 2010 citing a lack of creative independence when developing his games as the reason. He moved to THQ where he began work on a new project entitled 1666 Amsterdam. Which certainly borrowed a lot of cues from the Assassin’s Creed series.

Unfortunately, THQ declared bankruptcy in 2012 and were brought out by Desilets’ former employers Ubisoft. The project was cancelled and Desilets was once again let go by Ubisoft.

He went on to found his own studio and began work on Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, which will be his first creatively independent game.

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

The game is about establishing the inception of mankind by controlling our early ancestors. The player assumes control of a tribe of these ape-like creatures and must learn to evolve to survive in the harsh terrain.

Essentially gameplay consists of exploring the open world and developing new skills and abilities. Learning to do things like craft tools will aid in the progression of your society of apes.

The game features permadeath though, so any apes who fall prey to the dangers of the jungle will be lost for good. Each ape has a name, a rank within the hierarchy and a relationship to the other tribe members.

Relationships can be developed and will need to be to ensure the reproduction of your species. Certain useful members of the hierarchy will need to be more protected than others to help ensure the survival of the entire tribe.

From there the game does precious little to hold your hand. Allowing players to approach the game any way they like, with the only boundaries being the necessity of feeding and maintaining your tribe. It’s a unique experience and a test of wits to see if modern humans are indeed capable of mastering survival of the fittest.

Your advanced brain will be your greatest tool in navigating the game’s challenges. Use logic to achieve goals or pit predators against each other to clear a path for your tribe.

It’s All About The Journey

In more ways than one, Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey in all about the journey. The two series Desilets is most famed for we both known for unique traversal mechanics. And he’s taken those similar mechanics and polished them up for his new game.

The character’s movements are exactly as fun as you would expect of a monkey-human hybrid. The game promises complete freedom in traversal, with an open world that can be explored horizontally and vertically.

Once players get to grips with the mechanics they’ll be able to use treetops to zip around quicker, avoiding potential predators. It will also give players the advantage in combat situations with a greater range of terrain available to leverage.  

Once you’ve learned to craft and use basic weapons you’ll be able to dominate the jungle with advanced thought and movement.

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