Panache Digital Games is a brand-new studio currently working to launch its first game. The developer opened and immediately began work on Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey. The new third-person, action game will look to provide the type of bang that Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed provided when it launched.
The creator of Assassin’s Creed is the man behind The Humankind Odyssey. His experience will surely serve as a valuable tool in the creation of this new game. It seems to be progressing nicely, from everything that has been said. However, when the game arrives is still up in the air.
Ambition is all over the ideas and concepts of Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey. Whether or not this ambition turns into a realized experience remains to be seen. To speak more specifically about the state of Ancestors‘ development, Patrice Desilets gave some insights into where it stands currently.
“Yes I know it’s a big subject matter. The beauty of Humankind Odyssey is that it is an evolution process. So we build the narrative of the game and the narrative of the studio, so it is basically tied together so first we only have one character and then an environment which was the jungle and now we have more than one and it’s more than a jungle and the evolution of the character follows what we can build with the team and it’s pretty neat right now.
“We have around five, six hours, worth of gameplay and its systems talking to each other more and more and it’s less and less narrative than first we anticipated but it’s great because all the narrative is being there by the players but not by us. Here you create your own story of your own Humankind Odyssey somehow and it’s all based on science and gives you a toy to play with and you live the odyssey the way you want to live it,” Desilets told Gameology.
He went on to say they are planning to another 10 hours of gameplay before the end of the year. That would bring the total to around 15 hours of gameplay altogether. Given his tone, it doesn’t sound like Ancestors‘ development is anywhere near its completion. Desilets then confirmed how many gameplay hours they are planning for the final version of the game.
“It’s focused on Africa [millions of] years ago. That’s what we call Volume 1 right now. It’s based on the very beginning and we’ll see how many volumes we make at the end of the cycle but we start with one which is 15 hours worth of your time,” Desilets said.
If you remember when Desilets and Panache Games initially announced Ancestors, the plan was to take gamers across a number of different time periods. They made it seem like this one game would take us across several important phases of humankind’s existence. That apparently has changed as the game will focus solely on Africa five million years ago.
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey does not have a release date nor does it have a time frame. The upcoming third-person, action title will presumably launch on current-generation platforms, but those have not been confirmed. Stick around here at We Write Things for more on Ancestors.