According to one insider, Rare’s Everwild has had to be rebooted and may not release for another two or three years.
There has been very little news about Everwild, the next major game from Rare, since it was first announced two years ago. Despite now having two very pretty looking trailers, both were purely cinematic and didn’t really explain what the game is about.
The only other piece of news to come from it was when its creative director resigned, with no reason given as to why. And now it’s been claimed that development has been rebooted.
The day before Microsoft’s E3 2021 presentation, insider and GamesBeat journalist Jeff Grubb was asked on his YouTube podcast if Everwild would appear during the event, to which Grubb emphatically said ‘No.’
‘I mean, it got rebooted, this thing had to get rebooted. Everyone knows the creative director left and when [he] left they restarted production on that game.’
He then added that the game is now scheduled for a 2023 release, although he did mention that it could feasibly be pushed back to 2024 instead.
Grubb had also claimed on Twitter that Everwild would not be featured during Microsoft’s showcase, as well as other games like Fable and Perfect Dark, and he was proven exactly right – with Everwild not even being mentioned.
It’s easy to believe that Rare has hit the reset button on Everwild. Aside from its absence at Microsoft’s E3 presentation, the lack of information, and the creative director’s departure, makes it sound as if not even Rare knew what it was making.
In a 2020 interview with Polygon, studio head Craig Duncan could only describe the game as ‘very unique,’ and explained precisely why Rare had been so silent about it.
‘Part of the reason we haven’t talked a lot about Everwild is because we’re still feeling a lot of these things out. We’re still playing around with gameplay ideas.’
For the time being, Rare also has its hands full supporting its pirate sim Sea Of Thieves, which was recently confirmed to be receiving Pirates Of The Caribbean DLC featuring Captain Jack Sparrow himself.
Everwild is in development for Xbox Series X/S and PC.
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