Ancestors: A Humankind Odyssey did not set the world on fire when it was released, in fact it was a bit rubbish and scored 4/10 in our review. Creator Patrice Désilets has now accused some reviewers of not even playing the game and making up elements.
“We know for a fact that some reviewers actually didn’t play the game,” he said “It is part of our industry — they have to review games, and they have 15 of them to review in one week, and sometimes they don’t have time. And since Ancestors is so different, some of them went ‘urgh, I don’t have time for this.”
“And we know for a fact that some just invented some elements in the game — like there is no fire and you cannot ride any horses, even though one reviewer said ‘oh, it wasn’t that great when you ride a horse.’ Yes. My people are pissed, by the way.”
Obviously the internet is in full swing trying to work out who said such things and so far has come up a blank other than this video which shows an ape straddling a horse. I have checked the 40 lowest scoring reviews for the game and only one mentions horses, but nothing about riding them.
Désilets has said that even though the game did not review well it has broken even, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, the money is made. Plus, I know it’s more a console game than a PC game,” he said at Reboot Develop Red. He also hinted that his next game will be 1666: Amsterdam, the project he left Ubisoft to make with THQ. Unfortunately THQ went bust and Ubisoft bought the game, the one place Patrice did not be. After a lengthy legal battle he regained rights to the game.
“What’s great is that it’s not the game after Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood any more. It’s the game after Ancestors. It’s the game not made with THQ Montreal. It’s the game made by Panache,” he said.
Not that I need to tell you this, but we do play and complete all games we review on TheSixthAxis.