Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick says exclusives "will be rare."
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

Another Take-Two title is confirmed to be a timed exclusive to the Epic Games Store. Previously, the Take-Two Private Division label published title, The Outer Worlds, is a one year timed exclusive to the Epic Games Store. Yes, it's also out on the same day to the Microsoft Store because Obsidian is now owned by MS and there are many business issues at work. After that point, it will be sold on Steam and other digital storefronts.

Another Take-Two published title that goes by the name of Borderlands 3 is also a timed-exclusive to the Epic Games Store. That one is only for six months before it hits other digital distribution platforms.

This week, another Take-Two title is going the way of the timed exclusive on the Epic Games Store. This one is Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey. This will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store for a period of one year.

That would make for three new titles, currently the only three new titles coming to PC from Take-Two, and all of which are timed exclusive to the Epic Games Store for some length of time. And yet Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said this week that that exclusives will be "rare."

"In terms of supporting the Epic Games Store, we think more distribution is a good thing. And while it's rare that we'll do exclusives for any period of time—we continue to support Steam with our titles, our catalog—and these titles will be going to Steam relatively quickly after their initial availability on the Epic Games Store."
I also wasn't aware that "quickly" included spans of time up to and including a year. Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is yet another title that had a presence on the Steam Store before this exclusivity was announced. Its Steam page, including the free message boards, can still be freely accessed through Steam.

It will be very interesting to see what happens when and if a game like Red Dead Redemption 2, another title published by Take-Two, ever comes to PC.

Today also saw the release of some new gameplay footage for Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey. You can find that below along with an overview of the game itself.

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is a third-person open world survival game where you Explore, Expand, and Evolve to advance your clan to the next generation in this exhilarating new adventure from the creator of Assassin’s Creed.

Embark on the most incredible odyssey known to humankind: human evolution. Spanning from 10 million to 2 million years ago, begin your journey, “Before Us,” in Neogene period Africa. Explore a beautiful yet ruthless world, from swinging through tree branches in the jungle to stalking prey across the golden savannah grasslands. Decide what attributes to learn and hone in order to pass down knowledge to future generations, from crafting tools to enhancing evasive tactics against predators. Just like real life, make sure to eat, drink, and sleep to stay alive and have the energy to face any danger that may come your way.

Grow your clan and find strength in numbers as you progress through critical evolutionary stages of human evolution. Your choices will write your clan’s story and determine if you can survive your evolution.

Key Features
Explore Ruthless Africa: Explore the never-before-experienced world of Neogene Africa starting 10 million years ago at the dawn of humankind. From the tops of tree canopies overlooking lush jungles to the golden grasslands of the savannah, traverse a beautiful yet unforgiving landscape. For every breath-taking view, beware of the weather, predators, and other dangers that threaten your survival.

Expand Your Territory and Grow Your Clan: Increase your chances of survival by uniting new members of your species and giving birth to future generations. Control different clan members, form bonds to create families, and work together to intimidate predators during expeditions. Conquer fear as you explore unknown locations in order to expand your territory.

Evolve Through Multiple Generations: See the physical and intellectual evolution of the first hominids as you explore, learn, and survive. Spanning from 10 million to 2 million years ago, play as one of the first hominids and evolve over the course of millions of years during key stages in human evolution. Make crucial discoveries and hone physical abilities that will be passed down to future generations such as Ardipithecus ramidus and Australopithecus.

Choose How You Survive: Evolution was not written in stone. Your decisions shape how you will overcome obstacles, increase your species, and what knowledge will pass on to future generations. Focus on specific attributes or choose a more balanced approach to survival. Your clan’s ability to survive will be directly impacted by your choices, making each player’s experience unique.