The news that Rayman creator Michel Ancel had formed a independent studio came as quite the shock, doubled by the news that he'll continue to work with Ubisoft going forward as well. Nothing could have prepared fans for Michel stepping on-stage during Sony's Gamescom press conference, however. A brand new studio and a brand new game, Michel has announced his PlayStation 4 exclusive adventure -- WiLD.
WiLD isn't necessarily the type of game one might expect from Michel Ancel. Rayman and Beyond Good and Evil are a world apart from this new game. Ancel says WiLD takes place in a world, "the size of Europe," an open world survival experience where the player takes on the elements and the environment as an animal of their choosing. Every creature, large or small, predator or prey, will be playable in WiLD. How that works and what it means for gameplay is as yet unclear, however.
In WiLD's debut trailer a much different experience is shared. It almost seems like an action game with a narrative driving the experience, leading two humans to form a family of sorts with the animals they raise. The trailer does imply a level of mystery, what with the dying woman seemingly becoming a giant and the giant's skeleton under the sea. What exactly waits players in the wilderness of WiLD and how does the player fit into it all?
While WiLD is still in early development and does not yet have a release window, we do know that the project will be a PlayStation 4 exclusive. That's a full exclusive, according to Sony, and not something less defined.
Oh, did I mention that WiLD will have online functionality? Sold.