Rare’s nature-inspired adventure Everwild was missing from E3 2021 because the game’s development has been completely rebooted, say reports.
According to Video Games Chronicle and its sources, the game is undergoing a major overhaul of its design and direction with new Creative Director Gregg Mayles who was brought on following the departure of Simon Woodroff in October of last year. Allegedly, the title’s design has said to be all-but “restarted from scratch” and is now “optimistically” targeting a 2024 release.
While stopping short of saying Everwild had been rebooted, Rare did confirm Mayles’ appointment in a statement to VGC: “Gregg Mayles joined us, late last year as Creative Director, and the team has never been stronger. Since showing the world our Eternals trailer, we have been making progress on all aspects of Everwild.”
“The team behind Everwild continue to shape a truly magical experience and remain focused and excited about creating a new game centred around a truly unique, new world,” it continued. “The team continues to work hard to realise our vision and to bring the magic of nature in Everwild to life for players around the world.”
Originally revealed back in 2019, Everwild had remained somewhat of a mystery. The game cast you in the role of an Eternal, a being with the power to sense magic within nature. A lovely looking trailer released last summer promised unique and unforgettable experiences” but still was rather vague on what that would mean in terms of gameplay.
Everwild was noticeable by its absence during the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase event, with Rare’s only announcement being a Pirates of the Caribbean tie-in with Sea of Thieves. However, the studio is confirmed to be a guest on the Xbox Games Showcase: Extended event this Thursday evening, so perhaps we’ll get an update then?