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Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is “Getting Closer to Release”



Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey gameplay screenshot

Panache Digital Games has released the first of three videos looking into the gameplay of its upcoming title Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey.

In a post on the PlayStation Blog, studio co-founder and creative director Patrice Désilets stated that the developer is “now getting closer to release.” He noted that he is “proud of what we’ve achieved in the four years since we first started Panache in my living room,” stating that the team has grown from six developers to 35.

In the gameplay trailer, titled ‘Explore’, Désilets says that the player has the world to explore for themselves, with no mini-map to guide their journey. The only continuous objectives for the player is to eat, drink, and sleep; to regain their stamina, players must sleep for at least four hours.

Throughout the game, the player will encounter several different threats. These threats may often attack each other, not only the player. Players must be cautious of other things that may kill them in the game, avoiding dangerous foods, deep waterways, and high ledges.

Désilets reminds players that they are playing in an environment that wants to kill them: “Extinction is the norm, survival is the exception.”

The game begins over 10 million years ago, but spans over a time period of eight million years. Check out the trailer below, and expect two new trailers—’Expand’ and ‘Evolve’—in the coming months.

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey was first announced in 2015 by Désilets, known for his work on Assassin’s Creed (including the original game, its sequel, and Brotherhood) and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. After slowly releasing information in the years to follow, Panache Digital Games partnered with Take-Two Interactive’s new publishing label Private Division to distribute the game, later revealing gameplay and a release window at The Game Awards 2018.

The game will launch for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in 2019. The PC release will be exclusively through the Epic Games Store.

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Ubisoft Discusses How Uplay Plus Will Improve Communication With Players



Ubisoft Uplay+

Ubisoft believes that its new subscription service Uplay Plus will help the publisher improve communication with players.

Alain Corre, the executive director of EMEA at Ubisoft, spoke to where he outlined the vision and strategy for the company’s new subscription service. He explained that Uplay Plus will help boost communication with players, and the feedback it receives will help improve Ubisoft’s games.

“The reason behind our subscription service… it gives more possibilities for our fans to play our games and we can talk to them. We can keep them in our worlds, we can discuss with them and—thanks to what they say and the way they behave—we can feed that back into our games development. When we are in control of that within our ecosystem, we feel it’s beneficial for our fans. That’s ultimately what we want to do; we want to have more contact with them, more interaction, listening more to what they want and improve based on what they say.”

Corre highlighted that Ubisoft will not solely focus its efforts on Uplay Plus; players will still be able to pick up any of the publishers games either physically or as digital downloads. He explained that the company’s strategy moving into a subscription service is to adapt with modern consumer tends of gamers.

“We are still keeping the traditional model whether they buy our games in a store or download them. It’s really a case of offering the possibilities. Consumers are evolving really fast, and we want to adapt to what they want and propose new things to them, as well as keep the other means of distribution.”

Furthermore Ubisoft revealed that Uplay Plus and all past and future games will be available on the Google Stadia. Ubisoft was an early vocal supporter of Google’s new console, especially as the upcoming console focuses solely on streaming games.

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