Ancestors is a new RTS, currently in development at Destructive Creations (Hatred), that aims to bring historical accuracy to the genre.
The game will allow players to choose from one of four civilisations—Vikings, Anglo-Saxons, Germans, and Slavs—in an attempt to claim control of Europe in the Middle Ages. While this will involve the large-scale battles synonymous with the RTS genre, the developers are promising a range of different quest types, including raids, while early screenshots also indicate that sieges will appear. Additionally, the gameplay seems to be deep and complex, requiring not just strategic thinking, but also resource management and an awareness of the surrounding environment.
A key feature of the game is the cinematic combat camera, which will allow players to view events from the battlefield and, according to the press release, “become one of [the footsoldiers],” while also providing the typical bird’s-eye-view of the genre. The effectiveness of this cinematic camera is highlighted in the game’s debut trailer, embedded below:
In an interesting turn of events, Ancestors is being developed for both PC and Xbox One, with the developers aiming to ensure that no compromises appear in the control scheme of either version of the game, despite the limitations of gamepads for the RTS genre.
The last major attempt to provide a real-time strategy experience for console gamers was Halo Wars 2, which OnlySP’s Dylan Warman gave a Pass and called “a relatively fun game for an extremely limited time.” With Ancestors shaping up to provide a vast single-player campaign, hopes are high that enjoyment of the title will last for much longer.
Ancestors is not to be confused with the similarly-titled Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, which follows the evolution of humanity and recently received a first trailer.