Rare studio head Craig Duncan says the team is still playing around with Everwild's gameplay ideas

Everwild (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • Rare is one of the many studios that are part of Xbox Games Studios.
  • Rare has different teams, some of which are working on Sea of Thieves, while others are on a new IP called Everwild.
  • Studio head of Rare Craig Duncan recently spoke with Polygon about how the team is trying different gameplay ideas in Everwild.

Under the leadership of studio head Craig Duncan, Rare is continuing to work on updates for Sea of Thieves as well as its new IP Everwild. Revealed during X019, Everwild is still something of a mystery, with the first trailer placing a heavy emphasis on nature and different kinds of wildlife.

As part of a large interview with Polygon, Duncan talked about how the team on Everwild is still trying out different gameplay ideas.

"We learned a lot from Sea of Thieves," Duncan said. "At its heart, we love the idea of Sea of Thieves [and] players creating stories together. I think with Everwild, Louise [O'Connor] and her leadership team are really passionate about giving players a world that they can just lose themselves in — you know, a lot of nature feels magical. So the notion of, 'What does it mean to nurture a world? What does it mean to be in nature?' 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. We'll have plenty to say in the future on that, but … we have an idea we feel really passionate about, and we think there's something special. I have a team of people that wake up every morning with the desire to make this game that they're really, really passionate about."

We'll have to wait for more updates to get a better idea of just what this game is about. Maybe we'll see Everwild or new updates for Sea of Thieves at the upcoming Xbox Games Showcase on July 23. Whenever it eventually arrives, Everwild will be available on Xbox Series X, Xbox One and PC.

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