The flawed gem Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is on Steam


It’s enthralling if you can tolerate all the rough edges

The evolutionary action-adventure survival game Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is now on Steam following a year-long exclusivity period on the Epic Games Store and ports to PS4 and Xbox One.

The Steam edition is currently $20, and that half-price promo will last until September 10, 2020.

Even if it’s super rough in spots as an open-world video game with a modest development budget, I will never stop going to bat for Ancestors. I loved the sense of genuine discovery and intrigue it instilled – it kinda reminded me of blindly fumbling through Dark Souls or Spelunky for the first time.

While I eventually hit a point where I had to look up a fan-made map to stay sane during my clan’s final evolutionary jumps, and the passage of time can be way too gamey and grindy, I’ll always treasure learning how to play. The ups, the downs, and the ridiculous process of becoming a true omnivore.