The Ancients is a turn-based survival strategy game where you lead a prehistoric hunter-gatherer tribe through the last ice age. Survive the elements, hunt fierce animals, migrate to new continents, advance your technology, make social and political tribe decisions, and evolve your civilization.
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Why Early Access?

“We are trying to make the best game we can. Our game the Ancients has a lot of content we want to add, and the best way to add all this content is to be constantly in touch with our community. We will be listening to player feedback on every step of our development.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We plan to stay in early access mode 6 to 10 months depending on the player feedback.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“We plan to add new biomes, maps, craftables, resources, and animals. We will also be adding and removing content according to player feedback.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game mechanics will be fully working, but some content may be missing in early access.
We are trying to publish it with fewer bugs as possible, but some bugs can be found in early access.
To check all game mechanics included in early access you may want to look at the "about this game" section.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We are offering a lower price for the duration of our early access run of the Ancients. We are working hard to develop our game worthy of a price increase when the full version comes out.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We will communicate with our player base through our Discord servers and Steam Forums.Player are welcome to suggest new features and tweaks in any of our platforms. We will openly discuss upcoming changes to the game with our community. Later we will be using a voting system to make crucial decisions about the game.”
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Planned Release Date: Q2 2024

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About This Game

Create a civilization to survive throughout the ages


Explore Earth in prehistoric times. The continents are shifting, the last ice age is coming. Fierce predators prowl the land. Lead your tribe to survive against the harsh world.

Survive An Unforgiving Planet




  • Survive through the seasons in the harsh conditions of prehistoric earth.
  • Protect your tribe from wild animals, cold winters, drought, and ensure they feel safe.
  • Forage for food and resources to keep your clans healthy and fed.

Eat Or Be Eaten




  • Hunt historic wild creatures, and discover new ones as you migrate.
  • Hexagon map tiles for strategic tactical battles with multiple clans.
  • Learn about prehistoric animals with tooltips that are native to each region.

Advance Your Tribe




  • Advance your tribe into a civilized society with tools, weapons, and shelter to usher in the new age.
  • Research primitive technology, and craft new tools according to your geographical needs.
  • Witness the historical development of humanity or create your own history.

Evolve Your Civilization




  • Discover your own language and build an identity for your tribe so your people will feel united.
  • Create fundamental religious ideas and combine them to create your own spiritual beliefs.
  • Build your own culture, make your tribe patriarchal or matriarchal, polygamous or monogamous, and more.

Migrate To New Regions




  • Migrate to different nodes on Earth, even the most challenging climates, and try to survive in whatever biome you travel through.
  • Lose or gain additional clans and members, and strategize how to effectively use each one.



You are in full control of how you shape your tribe, and ultimately humanity. Will you be able to survive and thrive?

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System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS *: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo E4300 / AMD Athlon Dual Core 4450e
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 8800 GTX / Intel HD 4600 / Radeon HD 3850
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.

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