The creator of Assassins Creed, Patrice Desilets, recently had an interview with Kotaku where he talked about the new game that he is working on, Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey. The game will be a third-person action survival game. In the interview Desilets described the game as “Civilization Tech Tree Meets Assassin’s Creed”.
There is huge ambition for the game, as it will span from the dawn of humanity and continue into the modern era. “For me, it’s fascinating that those little one-meter chimp with a kind of weird brain kind of took control of this planet and is totally destroying it,” Desilets said. “Your character and family will have the scars of your decisions… We’re not into caveman yet, we’re before that. We go up.” The game will be split into chapters as your character evolves, starting with an Orrorin Tugenensis in the jungle. “We do an action sequence telling you the first time when we stood up,” Desilets said. “We let you sprint, see forward then leave you in an open world and you survive as long as you can. In a later chapter you will eventually have a family that needs to survive, a tribe that needs to survive, but that is in the next chapters.”
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is currently being developed by Panache Digital Games by a team of seven people. A trailer was released at E3 but it shows very little gameplay. Desilets revealed that ideally there will be a playable version available next year. The full interview with Kotaku can be found here if you are interested in learning more about the game.