The Ancients is a turn-based survival strategy game where you will manage a hunter-gatherer tribe through the ice age. Every decision you make will affect the tribe culturally and politically.
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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: 2023

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About This Game

Earth in prehistoric times. The continents are shifting, the last ice age is coming. Fierce predators roam the land.


  • Survive in harsh conditions of prehistoric earth and wild creatures of virgin nature.
  • Research and craft new tools according to your geographical needs.
  • Protect your tribe from wild animals, cold winters, drought, make them feel safe.
  • Discover the language and build an identity for your tribe so your people will be a whole.
  • Create root religious ideas and combine them to create your own religion.
  • Observe every change of your tribe. (Further reading tribe scene below)
  • Build your own culture, make your tribe patriarchal or matriarchal, polygamic or monogamous, etc.
  • Shape your tribe policies, authoritarian or free people, brutal or peaceful, equal or hierarchical. Each decision will help you deal with difficulties in its own way.
  • Migrate different nodes on earth, to even the most impossible areas and try to survive there, you will be native to where you stay in the end.
  • Meet the prehistoric animals, and be prey to them or make them your prey.
  • Witness the historical development of humanity or create your own history.
  • Try to make the best decisions in various events caused by internal or external sources.

From being starving hunter-gatherers, you will develop a great tribe with many options on prehistoric technology to great cultural breakthroughs. Your goal is to survive and thrive in real-world-inspired locations and migrate to new lands.


The culture tree is where you discover religion, policies, and human interactions inside and outside of your tribe, the main purpose of the culture segment is to allow the player to shape the cultural development of the people. We worked on it to make it as real as real tribe's decisions.You decide the roots of the culture of your community and what they are like when they advanced to settled life.


The research tree aims to help the player overcome the obstacles of the game by inventing new tools materials and crafting options. Research Tree is composed of six different categories inspired by historically correct ancient technologies. Our research tree consists six different categories, and six consecutive historic periods. You can become better in any category than others, like historic tribes.


The Tribe Scene gives you a close-up look at your tribe's development. You can see the results of your tribe development on this screen. In addition to visuals, tribesmen and tribe states can be observed here. You can check if your tribe members are fed, feeling safe, and bound to the tribe socially. Otherwise, they may fight, steal or leave the tribe. Being a tribe doesn't mean traveling and eating together, you have to live together and survive as a community.


While surviving against the wild, relentless nature of the last ice age; travel the vast landscape of the ancient earth. The ancient earth was geographically different than the earth we know today. The world was not like today at the last ice age, do you want to try to walk to America from Asia? Do you know Britain and japan weren't islands at all...
Discover the ancient earth with your tribe.


In the game, the player controls different clans of a tribe. These clans may gather food, hunt animals, make camp, or later in the game improve campsite with basic structures like tents and fences against wild animals. Our maps consist of hexagon tiles which is very useful for planning tactics for your clans.

System Requirements

    • 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

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