Take on Your Own Evolutionary Journey in Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, Available Now on Xbox One


  • Visit the dawn of humankind with the same mission our ancestors had: live to see another day
  • Immerse yourself in a savage and lush open world set in Neogene Africa, 10 million years ago
  • Senses, intelligence, communication, and motricity help you navigate through the fray

Today, Panache Digital Games, an indie studio of 35 vivid minds, proudly brings its first game Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey to the Xbox One.

Visit the dawn of humankind with the same mission our ancestors had millions of years ago: live to see another day. Better, stronger, together.


Immerse yourself in an experience like no other, a third-person adventure game in a savage and lush open world set in Neogene Africa, 10 million years ago. Your goal: to survive as a tribe, as a species in a dangerous environment where adversity and progress loom at every corner.

In a novel twist, game mechanics are built around the core functions of what makes us all human. Senses, intelligence, communication and motricity inspired systems help you navigate through the fray and go from the fear of the unknown to the exhilaration of discovery.


The game was designed to let you freely experiment and explore. By using each button on your controller mapped to one of these functions you will grow and unlock new abilities, pass them down to your offspring and evolve as a species to become a mightier version of your previous self. It’s your story to tell. It’s your tale to unfold, between the frailty of life and the will to overcome even the harshest of conditions.

Since day one of conception, putting you in the driver’s seat has been part of the game’s DNA. Encouraging you, the player, to think outside the box. The goal: to push you out of your comfort zone and into an unfamiliar territory, rewarding creativity, ingenuity and raw courage. As we say in the opening of the game, “we won’t help you much” and that distinctive approach towards becoming Homo Ergaster will see you finding solutions to fighting vicious predators and inventing more efficient tools to resolve the challenges of life as a pre-human individual.


We hope you take chances. We hope you surprise yourself. We hope you evolve in remarkable ways and become what you long to be. And perhaps compare your own journey to the actual scientific one and trump the odds in your favor.

Evolution is a process. Make it yours.

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Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

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Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is a third-person open world survival game where you Explore, Expand, and Evolve to advance your clan to the next generation in this exhilarating new adventure from the creator of Assassin’s Creed. Embark on the most incredible odyssey known to humankind: human evolution. Spanning from 10 million to 2 million years ago, begin your journey, before us, in Neogene period Africa. Explore a beautiful yet ruthless world, from swinging through tree branches in the jungle to stalking prey across the golden savannah grasslands. Decide what attributes to learn and hone in order to pass down knowledge to future generations, from crafting tools to enhancing evasive tactics against predators. Just like real life, make sure to eat, drink, and sleep to stay alive and have the energy to face any danger that may come your way. Grow your clan and find strength in numbers as you progress through critical evolutionary stages of human evolution. Your choices will write your clan’s story and determine if you can survive your evolution. Key Features: • Explore Ruthless Africa: Explore the never-before-experienced world of Neogene Africa starting 10 million years ago at the dawn of humankind. From the tops of tree canopies overlooking lush jungles to the golden grasslands of the savannah, traverse a beautiful yet unforgiving landscape. For every breath-taking view, beware of the weather, predators, and other dangers that threaten your survival. • Expand Your Territory and Grow Your Clan: Increase your chances of survival by uniting new members of your species and giving birth to future generations. Control different clan members, form bonds to create families, and work together to intimidate predators during expeditions. Conquer fear as you explore unknown locations in order to expand your territory. • Evolve Through Multiple Generations: See the physical and intellectual evolution of the first hominids as you explore, learn, and survive. Spanning from 10 million to 2 million years ago, play as one of the first hominids and evolve over the course of millions of years during key stages in human evolution. Make crucial discoveries and hone physical abilities that will be passed down to future generations such as Ardipithecus ramidus and Australopithecus. • Choose How You Survive: Evolution was not written in stone. Your decisions shape how you will overcome obstacles, increase your species, and what knowledge will pass on to future generations. Focus on specific attributes or choose a more balanced approach to survival. Your clan’s ability to survive will be directly impacted by your choices, making each player’s experience unique.