Assassin’s Creed creator returns with Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

Get your first look at this ambitious new project in action head of its 2019 release

Hello everyone. As creative director and co-founder of Panache Digital Games, it’s with great pleasure that I’m presenting to you the first of our three videos in which we’ll dive into our first game Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, a game where you will get the chance to experience the greatest adventure of all time, our own!

Starting 10 million years ago and spanning over 8 million years, Ancestors will have you explore the beautiful, yet unforgiving world of Neogene Africa. You’ll need to expand your territory and grow your clan as you evolve through the ages, gaining new abilities and passing them on to the next generations.

These videos are here to scratch the surface of the main pillars of the game without spoiling anything for you. I truly believe that discovering something for the first time is part of what makes this game unique and exciting. That’s why we say “Good luck, we won’t help you much!”


We’re now getting closer to release and I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved in the four years since we first started Panache in my living room with a handful of other veteran friends from the video game industry. Because, yes, in the early days of Panache, there were only six of us meeting at my condo on the Montreal Plateau to set the table to what would later become a talented team of 35 working on Ancestors.

Back then, I could see how the landscape of gaming was rapidly changing. There were lots of really talented studios releasing cool indie games while AAA quality games were getting bigger, more graphically stunning and offered almost infinite content. And in the middle, there was what seemed to be a huge void in what was being offered. Smaller AAA quality games didn’t seem that available. It was either small and indie or gargantuan blockbuster games.


But with development tools more democratically available and digital downloads becoming the norm, I knew there was an opportunity to make something great even as an indie studio.

And then, as we were working on building the studio and putting together the concept for Ancestors, we started talking with who would become our dear friends at Take-Two. They were setting up an independent publishing division which would later be called… Private Division.

Their mission: to team up with the best proven talent that had independent studios and help them achieve their ambitions. After a year of organically growing the company and working on a prototype, we all felt that we had something incredibly special in our hands.

Fast forward to today, Ancestors is a unique gaming experience where we ask players that simple, yet interesting question: Can you, Modern Homo Sapiens, survive like our ancestors did?


To answer the question, players will have to be observant, careful, agile and wise. Besides, there isn’t a good or bad way of playing it. It’s all about you daring to experiment. At the end of the day, you’ll be playing and creating your own particular adventures each time you press start… I can’t wait for you all to play it later in 2019!

I hope that our short videos will pique your interest and excite you about the game. And if you want to stay updated on all the latest news, you can follow us on as well as on social media @Ancestorsgame.

See you around! And remember: “Evolution is not set in stone, it is your path to forge”.

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Captain_Dusk 03 April, 2019 @ 17:12

So this looks incredible.

Super excited for this. It looks different but beautiful. Been waiting such a long time for your next game. I was gutted when 1666 got cancelled due to Ubisoft buying the the game after THQ went bankrupt.

Just done a bit of digging and found out 1666 is back in the rightful hands of the creator. Hopefully that means we may see it some day. Awesome.

nukualofaperson 03 April, 2019 @ 20:07

I hope there will be a trophy for finishing this game in real time.


Perhaps this will achieve the expectations that Far Cry Primal failed to deliver.


I knew I wanted to keep up with what Désilets would be doing and this looks intriguing, no doubt. For an indie. Or something in between indie and AAA, however you define it. I will not get my hopes up like I did with No Man’s Sky but will keep informed.

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