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Assassin's Creed Creator's New Game Drops Episodic Model, Gets Teaser Video

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is set in Africa 10 million years ago.


While there's still a lot we don't know about it, we've now learned that the new project from Assassin's Creed creator Patrice Desilets is no longer episodic.

Desilets shared the news about Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey today at the Reboot Develop conference, reports. "It's a third-person adventure game set 10 million years ago," he explained. "Before it was episodic, and that changed the pace, but the content is the same. It's a bigger game, a bigger world. It was hour to hour; now it's open and I let the player tell their own stories. There are systems talking to each other, not me taking players by the hand. You'll create the story of your own ancestors, and maybe it will be different than what science claims."

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Now Playing: ANCESTORS: The Humankind Odyssey - Teaser Tralier

Coinciding with this news, developer Panache Digital Games released a teaser trailer (above) for Ancestors. It opens with a Charles Darwin quote before showing brief glimpses of the game's setting of Africa 10 million years ago.

"Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is a third person action-adventure survival game," the accompanying description states. "The player will relive the early story of mankind with a documentary twist. Humanity is one idea away from evolution or extinction."

Desilets, who is best known for his work on Assassin's Creed at Ubisoft, parted ways with the company in 2010 to found a THQ studio which was subsequently purchased by Ubisoft. He again parted ways with Ubisoft on less-than-stellar terms, resulting in a lawsuit that was ultimately dropped. He founded Panache in 2014 before revealing Ancestors in 2015. As part of his talk today, he reaffirmed that another of his announced projects, 1666, is on hold.

Ancestors does not yet have a release date or confirmed platform, but we'll report back as Panache shares more details.

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