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Everwild Appears to Have Been 'Completely Rebooted,' New Creative Director Confirmed

Everwild Appears to Have Been 'Completely Rebooted,' New Creative Director Confirmed - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 14 June 2021 / 1,283 Views

Microsoft showcased 30 games during its Xbox and Bethesda E3 2021 showcase. There were several previously announced games for Xbox that were missing. One of them was Rare's Everwild.

Sources have told VideoGamesChronicle the reason Everwild missed E3 2021 has been "restarted from scratch" and is now "optimistically" looking at a release in 2024. 

Last year creative director Simon Woodroffe left the project, which lead to an overhaul of the game's design and direction. 

Everwild Appears to Have Been 'Completely Rebooted,' New Creative Director Confirmed

Everwild executive producer Louise O’Connor confirmed with VideoGamesChronicle that the most senior creative employee at Rare, Gregg Mayles, has taken over as lead on the project. 

"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," said O’Connor. 

"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 continues to work hard to realise our vision and to bring the magic of nature in Everwild to life for players around the world."

Everwild is in development for Xbox consoles and PC. It was first announced in November 2019. 


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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7 Comments
JRPGfan (on 14 June 2021)

Was this the one where they had a concept they liked, and a artstyle... but didnt know what the game was supposed to be at all? so it just eventually got canned?

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twintail JRPGfan (on 15 June 2021)

I don't think it was ever canned. They were still experimenting with a gameplay loop but the creative director left last year. So I imagine the game was in a bit of a limbo for a little while .

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Chazore (on 14 June 2021)

Well shit. I really liked the visual art style when they showed this off, and if they are overhauling it completely, I dunno, I just hope it ends up looking more like it used to.

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chakkra (on 14 June 2021)

"Everwild Appears to Have Been 'Completely Rebooted,' New Creative Director Confirmed" Okay, I'm sorry but I'm really confused about this title; does it mean that the new Creative Director confirmed the rumor? Or that it has been confirmed that there is a new Creative Director?

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Chicho chakkra (on 15 June 2021)

"Everwild executive producer Louise O’Connor confirmed with VideoGamesChronicle that the most senior creative employee at Rare, Gregg Mayles, has taken over as lead on the project. "

"Gregg Mayles joined us, late last year as Creative Director, and the team has never been stronger"

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VMCJonCarter (on 14 June 2021)

Man i have to wait longer to be in "Fantastical World of Everwild"

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Azzanation (on 14 June 2021)

Interesting, this explains why they haven't showed much of it. This is one game i am looking forward to, hope it turns out great.

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