Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey makes a monkey outta me

Patrice Desilets, former creative director on the first few Assassin’s Creed games, has shown more of his ape-based survival game Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey [official site]. Desilets worked with ideas of aliens, conspiracy, and prophecy on Creed games but this is even wackier, positing that you and I were born as monkeys! What an imaginative world! It sounds like it’ll trip across a string of monkeys and Eegahs to explore his wild fantasy history. Suspend your disbelief for a look at Africa ten million years ago (as if the Earth existed ten million years ago! you jokers) in this new trailer:

In Desilets’s fantasy world (biopunk? it’s probably called biopunk), those monkeys turn into people! Presumably one has to complete chores across an open world to unlock upgrades like Nair and posture lessons. I don’t know, it’s all still a bit of a mystery. Panache haven’t even confirmed platforms yet but pssh, who skips PC these days? The blurb says:

“Our game is a third person action-adventure survival game. We want the player to relive the early story of mankind with a documentary twist. Humanity is one idea away from evolution or extinction…”

Desilets spoke a little more about Ancestors at the Reboot Develop conference today. They haven’t archived the Twitch stream yet but took notes. It sounds like Ancestors will be similar to the games he’s known for, but with monkeys and jungle.

“I do third-person games,” GI quote Desilets as saying. “I don’t do VR. I do Assassin’s Creed, Prince of Persia type of games, and my next 15 games will be in the same vein – if I don’t die in the meantime.”

Panache had once planned to make it episodic but not any more. Still no firm word on when it’ll launch. The end is nigh so they’d better hurry.

Panache are currently focusing on Ancestors, with 1666: Amsterdam on hold. That’s the game Desilets started at THQ Montreal after leaving Ubisoft, only to see THQ collapse and Ubisoft buy the Montreal studio then fire him. After Desilets sent lawyers after Ubisoft, Ubi handed 1666 back to him.


  1. Chentzilla says:

    I wonder if anyone on the team worked on Peter Jackson’s King Kong.

  2. LTK says:

    Biopunk is too futuristic. This is obviously Darwinpunk.

    • April March says:

      There actually does exist the term stonepunk, for stone age with “advanced” “technology”. Though even that assumes humanoid creatures, at the very least.

  3. Eightball says:

    So do you get to choose to move out of Africa and murder/breed with Neanderthals?

    • jonahcutter says:

      That’d be more akin to Far Cry Primal, at least in gameplay. Far Cry Primal was 10k years ago? Out of Africa was 1.5 million.

      This game would take place waaaaaaay before that. Maybe back when the human/chimp common ancestor existed and some big “split” through tool usage starts. Although that would be a huge fudge of the actual timeline of tool development amongst our earlier iterations. Evolutionary creative license.

      Nice simple timeline of human evolution (on the right side bar):

      link to

      Human/chimp common ancestor was probably around the 7 million year ago mark. Development of simple stone tools (shaping a rock) around 3.5 million years ago. The “inspired by ominous black monolith from space to pick up a bone and beat our brethren to death with it” period would be somewhere between those other two.

  4. Seafoam says:

    Of course they had to put Odyssey to the title, not like “2001: Space Odyssey” influence wasn’t apparent enough.

  5. Fallingbadgers says:

    An Ook-em-up shurely

  6. Cvnk says:

    I wonder if the map will be littered with hidden, hard-to-reach bananas that you can collect. You know, if you feel like it. If you want that 100% complete rating.

    • goodpoints says:

      an Ant Dipping minigame (“don’t wait too long, or they’ll bite your fingers!”) instead of lock picking.

      Oh, and guess what throwable item takes the place of smoke bombs…

  7. noxohimoy says:

    Indisputable scientific FACT:

    Earth existed 4.5 BILLIONS years ago, or 4,500 millions of years.

    • LennyLeonardo says:

      It’s OK, we know.

    • Alice O'Connor says:

      Ah yes, your ‘theories’.

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        Ninja Dodo says:

        Aaaalice…. in a time where yesterday’s conspiracy nonsense is today’s serious talking point, respect for facts and science is dwindling at an alarming rate and the global agenda is set by ignorant lunatics those are not funny jokes!