Ex-Ubisoft developer Patrice Désilets has revealed he’s working on a new episodic historical game, that could be his new take on Assassin’s Creed.
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is described as a ‘third person action adventure survival episodic game’, which together with the historical theme makes it sounds very much like an episodic version of Assassin’s Creed.
The actual reveal of the game, at the Reboot Develop 2015 conference in Croatia, showed nothing in the way of footage, but the official website has the following description:
Through each episode, we want the player to relive the greatest moments of mankind with a documentary twist. Our civilisation is one idea away from extinction… or evolution. Stay tuned much more to come in 2015!
Désilets’ presentation implies the game will go all the way back to prehistoric times, although the presentation video below suggest it won’t all be in strict chronological order.
Désilets has had a storied history since leaving Ubisoft Montreal in 2010, some months before the completion of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. He headed up new studio THQ Montreal in 2011, which ironically was then sold to Ubisoft in 2013.
A few months later he was fired by Ubisoft and is now working as an indie developer. His project at THQ was called Amsterdam: 1666, also suggesting something similar to Assassin’s Creed, but it was never shown in public.
Unusually Désilets is fighting an ongoing legal battle with Ubisoft over the rights to the game, although it doesn’t appear that Ubisoft itself is still making the game.