1C Company, perhaps best known for publishing strategy titles like the Men of War games, has announced a new RTS called Ancestors. Like the name suggests, the game takes place in a era without smartphones and the internet, namely the Middle Ages, and will see four factions clashing over medieval Europe.
Those four consist of the Viking, Anglo-Saxon, German and Slav nations, and you'll lead the side you choose across an "extensive series of campaigns". Battles will be unsurprisingly large in scale, but Ancestors is also placing a focus on squad-based gameplay and tactics, with the environment providing advantages rather than just a pretty backdrop. Experience and morale also factor into the gameplay, and a cinematic battle camera function will let you get up-close with the fighting. Based on the above in-engine trailer, the view provided will be pretty impressive in detail.
The press release states that you can "become one of them", which hopefully means that we can engage in third-person melee combat as one of our warriors from time to time. Back on the strategy side of things, base-building will be present alongside with a simplified resource-gathering system.
Ancestors boasts native gamepad support too, thanks to its release on both PC and Xbox One. Aside from having an "optimized command system" for making quick reactions with a gamepad possible, there aren't any more details on how the controls will be like. Those as well as multiplayer specifics will likely be revealed at Gamescom 2017, where a hands-on build and release dates will certainly be available.
Interestingly, the studio on development duty is Destructive Creations, whose debut game was the controversial and violent twin-stick shooter Hatred. That they're making a medieval RTS with seemingly not much cause for controversy is somewhat surprising, and it'd be interesting to see if they're capable of delivering a solid entry into the genre.
In the mean time, you can check out the Steam store page for screenshots and system requirements.