Assassins Creed Creator Talks Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

Written by Neil Soutter on Tue, Jul 21, 2015 2:50 PM
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If you’re finding yourself bored of the checklist rut that Assassin’s Creed has backed itself into, then Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey could be right up your street. It’s from the original creator of Assassin’s Creed, Patrice Désilets, and his team at Panache Digital Games, and it’s going to be an episodic, narrative-driven adventure, all set within an open-world sandbox.

While most episodic games are limited in terms of scope and replayability, Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey will have upwards of 20 episodic scenarios, each of which will benefit the player in some way. This can then be taken out and used in the open-world after the plot has finished. Each of these scenarios is going to be drawn from important discoveries in history, for instance cavemen harnessing the power of fire.

We leave you there with the toy in between episodes," explained Désilet. "If your goal as a caveman is to harness the power of fire, once you meet that objective you are left in an open world to experiment with that fire, try to survive, and pass your knowledge along to your progeny."

He likens it to a AAA-quality version of Minecraft or DayZ, but one that also comes with a blockbuster plot taking you through mankind’s history. The plan is for Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey to take the player on a journey from cavemen right through to near the modern day, become the Queen of England. This includes domesticating animals, the moon landing, and the discovery of penicillin.

It all sounds frighteningly ambitious, but with Désilets at the helm it could work. What’s interesting in the total shift away from normal combat scenarios, instead focusing on surviving in the natural world.

There’s no word on a release date for the first episode, but we’re expecting Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey to be some way off.

Think Ancestors sounds too ambitious for its own good? Or can Désilets and co deliver on the promise?

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14:33 Jul-22-2015

My god, this looks promising. Cant wait for this !

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01:49 Jul-22-2015

1st time i saw this at E3 i was very intrigued, this game has huge potential... i cant wait to see more of it...

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21:45 Jul-21-2015

The only thing appealing about the trailer has nothing to do with the game. The music.

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02:52 Jul-22-2015

That music just addicted me into the footage! lol

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09:16 Jul-22-2015

found it.it's name is Kettering by the antlers

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20:44 Jul-21-2015

seems interesting but anybody knows song name from trailer? :D

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17:53 Jul-21-2015

I want it! I also want an Assassins Creed game based in Japan. Set in the time where the Samurai started to decline. You play as a Samurai turned Assassin. Maybe even you're a Ronin and that's why you joined the brotherhood.

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01:05 Jul-22-2015

I thought ninjas are Japan's Assassins ?

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04:22 Jul-22-2015

Yes ninjas/shinobi were mostly spies, thieves and even hitmen for hire... It is a myth that they were just skilled assassins... They performed mostly espionage and object retrieval... But they were skilled hitmen no doubt...

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06:24 Jul-22-2015

Yeah, ninjas are cool and all but I'm just obsessed with Samurai and their culture.

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08:07 Jul-22-2015

It's the same culture - the major difference being Samurai were educated elite who were also scholars and artists while ninja/shinobi were from a variety of backgrounds: former samurai, former soldiers and militia men, even farmers and geishas...

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08:54 Jul-22-2015

That's an Idea. He was a Samurai, who then became a Ninja but never really found his place, which lead him to join the brotherhood. Sorry for my ignorance on Ninjas I've never really researched them. Will now though seems interesting.

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09:08 Jul-22-2015

If you plan on researching ninja, stay away from Hollywood, video games, anime or popular culture in general... This is because they have ben portrayed badly - even by those media that claim they have portrayed them accurately...

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09:33 Jul-22-2015

Oh I know, I've watched many Ninja movies/tv things and I knew it was all rubbish. Thanks for the heads up though anyway.

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17:31 Jul-21-2015

what is this a new game or something??

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18:23 Jul-21-2015

In AC we use to go back in time where Assassins lived, Again they are gonna rewind more back into the time in the period of APES.

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02:38 Jul-22-2015

I wish they go back to the dinosaurs age.

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03:23 Jul-22-2015

actually humans and dinosaurs missed each other by 70 million years.

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04:23 Jul-22-2015

65 million to be exact... 60 million if you count the earliest hominins...

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17:41 Jul-22-2015

thanks bro for the info

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17:23 Jul-21-2015

The storyline is going to be amazing imo. The trailer is "BOOM", i hope it's gonna be better when the game (if) releases :)

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16:54 Jul-21-2015

Assassin's Creed: Erectus

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17:02 Jul-21-2015

But mine will have parkouring trilobites

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18:11 Jul-21-2015

And assassin dragonflies...?

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17:54 Jul-22-2015

It will be lot cooler than it sounds, just add some explosion here and there

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16:12 Jul-21-2015

loved it the trailer has a very deep story like it

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16:11 Jul-21-2015

assassin's creed neanderthals

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15:58 Jul-21-2015

Assasins Creed : Pangea

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15:54 Jul-21-2015

''Episodic''... Oh , come on. I am tired of this, The Walking Dead , Life Is Strange , telltale.. I pay for my game r, I want it all. I dont want to , right after I get immersed into the title , to get this message ... ''On the next Episode''.

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16:32 Jul-21-2015

hopefully it wont be releasing 1 episode per month :)

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23:56 Jul-21-2015

Yeah, I hope not. 1 3/4 years for all the episodes if so... Just no.

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15:19 Jul-21-2015

assassin's monkey cats allowed

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15:17 Jul-21-2015

If it doesn't run off of uplay then i might give it a try. Then again when win 10 is released and a do a full wipe, i'll try to download and launch black flag one last time. If that still does not work then my strike will continue.

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15:08 Jul-21-2015

I wonder what it'll be about, I can see an ape as a human, how Ubisoft is going to create a story upon Apes.... I guess Planet Apes.

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15:07 Jul-21-2015

If this game's story line is going to be like snapshots of what mankind discovered throughout history up to now, MAN I AM HYPED FOR THIS GAME!!!!!

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15:02 Jul-21-2015

This sounds like it could be a surprise hit?

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