Patrice Désilets, Cofounder and Creative Director of Panache Digital Games, thinks Humankind Odyssey didn’t review well because reviewers didn’t actually play it.
Talking to Gameindustry.biz, the former creative director of Assassin's Creed didn’t hide his disappointment over the reviews of his studios first game.
“People expected my studio of 35 people to ship a game that is really close to Assassin's Creed, and it's just not possible. We made some harsh decisions in order to ship the game, and we wanted it to be different."
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is sitting at 64% on Metacritic, but most of the negative reviews actually came from users, not critics.
Still, Désilets accused critics of not actually playing the game before writing the reviews.
"We know for a fact that some reviewers actually didn't play the game," he continued. "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."
It’s understandable for him to be angry over reviews making up nonexistent gameplay elements, but he also said it himself. His game is very specific and requires a lot more time to be invested in it, so a repeating theme in the reviews is people mentioning they played it for only a few hours before completely losing interest.
"So please don't take notes today as we talk, mainly because I don't know how to make a video game."
To be fair, most reviews agree that the game has some technical issues and many found that such a game simply isn’t their cup of coffee.
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is available on PC and it will be releasing on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on December 6.
We liked it and believe it’s a game absolutely worth playing if you have the time to invest in it. So, if you’re unsure about it, you can read our review.