Private Division and Panache Digital Games launched Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey for PlayStation®4, PlayStation®4 Pro, and across the Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One X. Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is a third-person, exploration, survival game from Panache Digital Games, the independent development studio co-founded in 2014 by Patrice Désilets, the original creative director behind Assassin’s Creed. Previously released on PC in August 2019, Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey was praised by Comicbook.com as “Truly unique” and “As engrossing as it is dangerous” by Screen Rant.
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey opens at the dawn of humankind and tasks you with a monumental challenge to ensure your clan’s survival through an evolution of millions of years. You will face numerous deadly predators as you explore the game’s multiple biomes. Take advantage of the canopy of the jungle to swing between treetops as you develop your survival skills to prevail. By carefully decoding the world around you, your character will begin to understand how to best use the natural environment to your advantage. For example, after proper manipulation a stick can become a spear to ward off predators, and certain plants become powerful preventatives to combat various poisons or ailments.
“Ancestors is very much a story that is co-written by the player,” said Patrice Désilets, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Panache Digital Games. “We created a world in which you are free to explore and develop this narrative that you control. It’s intentionally challenging, and we give players great freedom to explore and learn on their own, which makes each discovery and accomplishment incredibly rewarding.”
By analyzing your surroundings, interacting with various objects and creatures, communicating with your clan, and performing physical feats, you will grow the powers of the neuronal network, a system which provides a role-playing system to augment your traits and abilities. You may opt to develop the skill for advanced motor functions, or improve your hominid’s ability to become more resilient. There is a plethora of choices in this evolutionary path, and your choices ultimately determine the preservation of your clan. In Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, the journey rests in your hands. You decide how to evolve your clan and if the fiction will be one of prey or predator by how you play the game.
“Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey pushes new boundaries in gaming and is a worthy addition to anyone’s library,” said Allen Murray, Head of Production at Private Division. “It was built by a small team, yet remains ambitious and will provide a unique experience that no other game out now can.”
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is available digitally across the Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One X, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®4 Pro, and Windows PC via the Epic Games Store for £32.99. Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is rated 16 by PEGI.