Patrice Desilets, one of the minds behind Assassin’s Creed, has revealed new details about Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey – his next big title.

During a presentation at Reboot Develop 2017 in Croatia, Desilets shared new information about the third-person action game. Firstly, Ancestors is no longer episodic as Panache Digital Games planned when they announced it in 2015. The game has grown in scope in the past 2 years, and now features a big open world for players to freely explore and “tell their own stories.”

The game is set between 10 million and 2 million years ago in Africa and other undisclosed locations around the world. It will follow human evolution throughout that period, starting with an ape-like ancestor in a jungle. Desilets also hinted at resource management and survival elements.

The teaser trailer above was also shown at Reboot Develop, but it doesn’t reveal all that much about the gameplay or story. We do, however, see that players will take the role of the ape-like creature, and will be able to climb and jump from tree to tree. In the end we see that same ape being attacked by a saber-toothed tiger.

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey still doesn’t have a solid release date, but we now know it is the first game in a series, as Desilets referred to it as Ancestors 1.

The teaser trailer and this new information is all we have on the game right now, but its enough to get us intrigued. After all, the Assassin’s Creed franchise under Desilets’ leader was at its best, so the man knows what he is doing.

Other than Ancestors, Panache Digital Games also hold the rights to 1666 Amsterdam, another third-person action title that’s been the center of a long dispute between Desilets and Ubisoft. The studio isn’t working on this title at the moment, as all development efforts are now focused on Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey.

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