But when we look even further away Conker Live & Reloaded or Banjo-Kazooie Nuts & Bolts had Incredible furs which are still in the standards today but they also had in development a game Project Savannah where the animals of the savannah must have had the most beautiful fur in video games. When we see the result of a prototype from 2006 still today nothing comes close.
I have always been very impressed with the technique of Rare games like the number of characters shown on screen in Kameo … I’m sure they will do something special with Everwild.
I agree with the title but unfortunately, Rare didn’t make a proper “game” since 2008. SOT is a social experience and not having other goal to play. I’m not hanging my hopes on EverWild to change the way Rare used in SOT. They’ve already clear that the game will be shared world like SOT.
Speaking about expanding, how much Rare has to expand to maintain 2 Social games? Most of the team members are working on SOT ~200 and about 50 on EverWild, if we measure it with SOT? Then the team needs additional 150 employee for EverWild, and while the 2 projects are GAAS the team will stick with them many years to come.
Can’t imagine Xbox expanding Rare to over 400 just to craft other products while it has other 22 studio can do the job.
Before I end my talk,
There is one solution by turning Rare to a publisher arm for Xbox. That means the team can acquire studios, do partnerships, do events etc and use that huge legacy library of IPs again and of course, bring new IPs.
I think you are wrong on Sea of Thieves it is certainly a shared social world but the game is full of Lore to explore, it has a rich transmedia universe as well, the Tall Tales are a new way of conceiving a design quest, the quests are unique and it is possible that other players can interact during quests. It really is for me the most innovative game since Minecraft it continues to reinvent itself and offer unique ways to play alone or with others.
Sadly, Rare hasn’t done anything of interest for me since they were under Nintendo. Sea of Thieves is not my type of game for various reasons and I don’t see Everwild being any different. Oh well. It is what it is.
I’m more excited for Everwild because its more like a traditional MMO and I’m hoping they learned their lesson with SoT and launch a game thats good from the start and not years later. I agree with you about SoT though.
But until Rare make a steller AAA singe player game. They aren’t back or a top tier dev.
I play Sea of Thieves with my friends most of the time but sometimes I just like to go out to sea alone and enjoy the vibe, take a moment to sit on a beach and watch the sun go down, just to fish and relax seeing other boats on the horizon, I like that it is impossible to predict in advance what will happen, we can meet other players and discuss or be attacked anytime it’s really a story generator i haven’t experienced that in any other games.
And when I hear Todd Howard talking about Starfield I feel that same immersive energy that I feel in Sea of Thieves those quiet moments where we’re just sitting around and taking in the scenery I think Starfield will be a lot like Sea of Thieves with procedural quest generations to deliver goods to other planets with a whole bunch of dynamic events like space battles, weather cycles that impact gameplay, different factions with their own quests, a rich environmental lore to explore … Obviously Starfield will be a one player only experience but I have the impression that we can recruit companions so as not to feel alone or play a simple space traveler or solitary bounty hunter. Sea of Thieves also allows that.