Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey interview at E3 2019

We got to speak with the creator of Ancestors on the show floor of E3 2019 to get the scoop on this inventive action adventure.


Video game veteran Patrice Desilets is best known for this work on The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and the Assassin’s Creed series, but he set out on his own several years ago and helped form a new game studio in Montreal by the name of Panache Digital Games. Panache is preparing to launch their first game, Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey for consoles and PC and we got the opportunity to speak with Desilets at E3 2019.

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is an adventure RPG survival hybrid that aims to tell the story of our species from the very beginning. The game takes place over the course of millions of years as players determine the path of evolution and ultimate fate.

The game’s official website outlines a set of promising features:

  • Explore Ruthless Africa: Explore the never-before-experienced world of Neogene Africa starting 10 million years ago at the dawn of humankind. From the tops of tree canopies overlooking lush jungles to the golden grasslands of the savannah, traverse a beautiful yet unforgiving landscape. For every breath-taking view, beware of the weather, predators, and other dangers that threaten your survival.
  • Expand Your Territory and Grow Your Clan: Increase your chances of survival by uniting new members of your species and giving birth to future generations. Control different clan members, form bonds to create families, and work together to intimidate predators during expeditions. Conquer fear as you explore unknown locations in order to expand your territory.
  • Evolve Through Multiple Generations: See the physical and intellectual evolution of the first hominids as you explore, learn, and survive. Spanning from 10 million to 2 million years ago, play as one of the first hominids and evolve over the course of millions of years during key stages in human evolution. Make crucial discoveries and hone physical abilities that will be passed down to future generations such as Ardipithecus ramidus and Australopithecus.
  • Choose How You Survive: Evolution was not written in stone. Your decisions shape how you will overcome obstacles, increase your species, and what knowledge will pass on to future generations. Focus on specific attributes or choose a more balanced approach to survival. Your clan’s ability to survive will be directly impacted by your choices, making each player’s experience unique.

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Contributing Tech Editor

Chris Jarrard likes playing games, crankin' tunes, and looking for fights on obscure online message boards. He understands that breakfast food is the only true food. Don't @ him.

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