Information on Rare’s project was released very slowly. Their new project is both beautiful and mysterious. Given Everwild’s previous work on Nintendo classics like GoldenEye 007 and Perfect Dark, as well as more recent titles like Sea of Thieves, there are a lot of eyes on the game. Thankfully, thanks to an appearance at the Xbox Games Showcase this summer, a smattering of interviews, and a new trailer commentary, we have enough information to paint a hazy picture of what to expect from Everwild.
Everwild is the next game from Rare, a British studio now owned by Microsoft. The Stamper brothers founded the company in 1985, and it has been creating groundbreaking games for more than three decades, with titles such as GoldenEye, Donkey Kong Nation, Banjo Kazooie, and Conker’s Bad Fur Day. Rare has been developing titles exclusively for Xbox consoles. They have with recent works like the Kinect Sports series, Viva Piñata, and most recently Sea of Thieves. This was after their acquisition by Microsoft in 2002
Rare is a studio that is difficult to pin down, always pivoting into different genres and toying with ambitious ideas, but its latest new IP Everwild is easy to equate to Sea of Thieves, at least on the surface. We can presume it’s a similar type of game – an emergent MMO – set in a fantasy world based on the teaser and promo copy, but the jury is still out before we know all about it, possibly at this year’s E3, in whatever shape it might take. Louise O’Connor, who previously worked on Fable Legends and Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, is leading the game’s development.
Everwild was a surprise announcement from Microsoft during the XO19 event in November of 2019, and fans were surprised considering Rare’s steadfast loyalty to Sea of Thieves. The game has not been given a release date for its possible launch. However, we do know that the title will be an Xbox Series X exclusive on Xbox Game Pass.
That means it won’t be released during the cross-gen window, as most next-gen titles are already released on existing consoles. Depending on how far along Rare is in growth, educated guesses range from late 2021 to 2022, and likely beyond. Let’s see how it turns out to be!
Reported by: Zarrish