Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey finally has a release date. Honestly, no joke! Panache Digital Games and Private Decision made the announcement today that Ancestors: Humankind Odyssey will be releasing this December for PS4 and Xbox One. However… You could play it as early as August 27th, 2019. But there’s a catch. That’s the PC release date where the game will be available on the Epic Games Store as a timed-exclusive for one year. Obviously, that has no bearing on the console release date, but it’s good to know anyway.
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is the first game from Panache Digital Games, a studio founded by Patrice Désilets. If that name sounds familiar, it should, as he’s the dude that brought us the original Assassin’s Creed way back in 2007 when he was still getting paychecks from Ubisoft. These days he’s heading his own studio and has been since 2014 when Ancestors was originally announced.
“Our goal for Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is to provide an experience no player has ever lived before”, said Patrice Désilets, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Panache Digital Games. “Our small team is creating an ambitious and immersive game with a unique setting that will captivate gamers of all types, and we look forward to players exploring our world later this year.”
“Private Division and Panache Digital Games share a passion for providing the best possible experience to all our players,” said Kari Toyama, Senior Producer at Private Division. “As partners, we support Panache in taking the time to ensure all versions of Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey deliver the standard of polish upon release that the team has set for themselves. As a developer focused publisher, this is an important approach we take in working with smaller independent teams.”
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is an ambitious game, as can be seen in the ongoing behind-the-scenes video series that the developers are putting out, with the second installment being released today. In the video, which you can watch up above, Patrice Désilets explains the core concepts behind the game and what will drive players forward in their quest for survival. It’s looking a little rough, sure, but it is Alpha footage and there’s still six months to go before the game releases on PS4, so fingers crossed things look a little more polished by then.
There is no clear release date for the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game, just the promise of a December 2019 release date. It’s also worth noting that the game will only be available as a digital download on consoles and PC, as stated in the press release. There’s still a chance for the game to hit store shelves, but at the time of writing it is download-only.
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