Patrice Désilets created the Assassin’s Creed series and served as Ubisoft’s creative director for the franchise through the development of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. He was fired from the company in 2010 amidst a storm of controversy. He went on to form Panache Digital Games in 2014 but has remained relatively quiet since then regarding what he is actually working on. The only thing anyone really knew was the game’s name.
That silence was broken in a big way today when Désilets revealed a fresh teaser trailer for his next game, Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey.
As this is just a teaser trailer for the title, we’re left to pick up the pieces in terms of what is actually happening in that preview. Ancestors takes place in Africa 10 million years ago before the dawn of humanity. Much of the trailer revolves around the wildlife of this era and the world they inhabited. However, the bulk of the trailer’s focus is dedicated to a band of primates roaming the jungle.
Between that footage and the game’s name, we’re left to assume that you’ll be playing one of these primates. A brief glimpse of these creatures in action suggests that Désilets may be transitioning Assassin’s Creed‘s free run system to this experience – which seems like a natural fit – while the final frame hints at some form of combat.
As for the “Humankind Odyssey” angle, that is a little more puzzling. It could just be that this game is going to focus on the pre-humanity era of Earth, but there’s also the possibility that the story focus on the evolution of humanity and eventually let us play as an early human. However, that is purely speculation.
Then again, speculation is what teaser trailers should strive to inspire. In lieu of any further concrete details regarding Ancestors, we’ll simply direct you to this interview with Patrice Désilets over at Game Industry and advise you to keep checking in for updates regarding Ancestors as they become available.