Former Ubisoft creative director and Assassin's Creed creator Patrice Désilets has announced a new IP called Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey.
A trailer for Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey was shown off at the Reboot Develop 2015 conference in Dubrovnik. The teaser video recapped various moments in the history and evolution of mankind. The trailer makes references to previous games that Désilets has worked on before revealing that “It’s time for the greatest adventure of all.”
This is the first project from Désilets’ new indie studio, Panache Digital Games. He set this studio up after leaving Ubisoft in 2013. The studio is focused on "short, episodic-ish triple-A games." There are currently around 15 people on its staff.
Désilets also touched briefly on his ongoing legal battle with Ubisoft over the rights to 1666: Amsterdam. He was working on this title when he was removed from the company. He says that he is currently “fighting to get that game back.”
Throughout his presentation, he said that he did not enjoy the corporate culture at Ubisoft. He said that he felt like he had been "left on the shelf" between projects. He also explained his reasoning behind taking a sabbatical. He said, “We did Brotherhood in 10 months. And then I realised something - maybe I was working too much. I had my second daughter, and when she was two days old I was already back at work on Brotherhood."
His new studio allows his and his team to do what they want. He’s taken some lessons from his time at Ubisoft, so he knows what he wants to avoid.
The trailer doesn’t give much away about the game. Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey doesn’t have a concrete release date. The video just says that it’s “coming soon.”