Game news Everywhere: NFT, Fortnite… What is the former GTA producer ours anyway?
Yesterday at gamescom’s opening ceremony, Everywhere’s presentation raised more questions than answers.
Last night, Leslie Benzies got the ball rolling during gamescom’s Opening Night Live; The former president of Rockstar North gave us a preview of the first footage of Everywhere, the very first game from his new studio Build a Rocket Boy. On the menu: artwork by people confronted by sprawling sci-fi environments, magical trees or even flying jellyfish. There followed panoramas of arid deserts crisscrossed by race cars, lush forests and areas of lava to end on the stunned face of a male character who is probably also wondering what he’s just seen. The broadcast sequences were reminiscent of a certain Fortnite, which might make many players cringe. “The great ambition is to create such an open world that can be built in all directions“, it will be released at the same time. During the series we even saw a change of artistic direction, the cartoon style changed to become realistic. In the end, the five-minute presentation yielded no answers, but a multitude of questions. And a look at the press release didn’t help answer the questions.
EVERYWHERE seamlessly combines gameplay, adventure, creativity and discovery in an all-new, multi-world gaming experience that redefines how players connect with each other and the digital world around them.
“We’re not trying to make a normal gamesaid Adam Whiting, deputy director of the game, on the gamescom stage:I think the scope and ambitions of this project are unlike anything else. We want to build a whole new world for players. Not only a place to play, but also to watch, share, create, hang out with friends and more“. For Kotaku, the ex-GTA chief’s next open-world game looks ambitious, but “not very precises” before comparing it to a kind of metaverse, a creation platform similar to Roblox and then Fortnite. Finally on the networks, some noticed that Build a Rocket Boy provides various features for a blockchain team, which caused some apprehension about the possibility of the game containing NFTs.
Monster ambitions for the real Ready Player One
A few months ago, an interesting document about Everywhere was leaked onto the Internet. Shared by Roberto Serrano, a business analyst, this reveals the list of investments made by the Galaxy Interactive company (a venture capital firm focused on interactive content and technology companies), including Leslie Benzies’ studio, as well as valuable information about his next game. :
An open-world AAA game featuring a multiplayer experience with an epic multi-chapter story, user-generated content via a “virtual sandbox” where players can create their own worlds, and social integrations and gameplay. in-depth streaming.
Everywhere would be seen as the Ready Player One of “Real Life”, no more or less, in which it will be possible to evolve in a giant open world centered on multiplayer sandbox. In the latter case, we were therefore able to create our own universes and communicate with other players. On the official Build a Rocket Boy website, Everywhere is also advertised as a game that brings together a community where anything is possible. A utopian and vague promise that is also based on an equally cryptic pitch:There is a war between good and evil in the hearts of men and women. Everything changes. And there is no going back. It’s a game, it’s a community. It’s a new world. The storm is on the horizon. And that’s just the beginning of Everywhere”. In any case, for the time being, no official mention has been made of the possible presence of NFT.
Theories have been circulating for a while
As early as 2021, the hypotheses were quite numerous. On the networks and forums, players imagined payment systems, possibly for real world objects, a battle royale linked to music tracks, or even a companion application that would bring together everything mentioned above. Nestor, administrator of the Discord of Everywhere, for his part suggested “a first world similar to GTA Online and a second world similar to Ready Player One, where you can create worlds and games for the enjoyment of other players, and open them through doors or portalsIn a statement to IGN, the Build a Rocket Boy studio then admitted that some of the theories made by players would be “not far off” from the final product : “Some of the things they found and you covered in your article aren’t actually that far off from what we’re looking at, but a lot of context is missing which will be really exciting for players to dive into once it comes out”. And to add:
We don’t like to think in terms of open world or closed world, but rather in terms of building new worlds and new ways to play.
Definitely, hard to know what Everywhere is really about.