Developer Rare’s mysterious next project, Everwild, was briefly featured during the Xbox games showcase via a fascinating teaser trailer.
Much like the debut trailer for Everwild, this preview is short on substantial plot and gameplay details. Either Everwild isn’t far along in development or Rare is trying to preserve the game’s mysteries for as long as possible. We also wouldn’t rule out a combination of both.
Regardless, this preview does hint at the nature of Everwild‘s universe. “Nature” is the keyword here, as the trailer’s narrator hints that players will control an “Eternal” who is able “to sense and feel how magic flows through nature and connects every living thing.” That certainly sounds significant, but we’re still waiting for more information regarding what that really means and how it will shape Everwild‘s gameplay.
If we had to take a guess, though, then we’d say that it does seem that the general theme of Everwild concerns nature under attack from various forces (some of which seem to be hinted at in the preview). It feels likely that the player will be tasked with protecting the balance of things in one way or another, but again, Rare hasn’t confirmed the specifics in that respect.
One thing that remains clear about Everwild, though, is that the game is visually stunning from a design perspective. The mystical realm of Everwild is bright, colorful, and seemingly benefits from the increased power of the Xbox Series X. The design of the various creatures that we see are clearly based on our own world in some ways, but everything sports a unique visual twist which only increases our interest in exploring what this game’s world contains.
Given that Rare is coming off of (and still supporting) Sea of Thieves, there’s a popular theory at the moment which says that Everwild will be more single-player focused with the possibility of some online multiplayer being incorporated in a more organic way. Honestly, we could see that going either way at this point, but the implications of this new trailer do tend to suggest that Everwild will feature a larger world which the player will be able to freely (or at least somewhat freely) explore:
While the popular (and not inaccurate) assessment is that Rare’s golden days are behind them, Sea of Thieves has grown into a somewhat surprising hit and what we’ve seen of Everwild thus far suggests it will at least be a unique experience. We should hopefully learn more about Everwild as it inches closer to its unconfirmed release date for Xbox Series X and (presumably) PC.