Game news Everywhere: NFT, Fortnite… What exactly do we trust the former GTA producer?
Yesterday at the gamescom opening ceremony, the presentation of Anywhere brought more questions than answers.
Last night, Leslie Benzies got the ball rolling on Opening Night Live at gamescom; The former president of Rockstar North gave us a preview of the first images of Anywhere, the first game from his new studio Building Rocket Boy. On the menu: artwork depicting people facing various science-fiction settings, magic trees or even flying jellyfish. There are subsequent scenes of dry deserts criss-crossed by racing cars, lush forests and lava fields ending with the dumbfounded face of a male character who may be wondering, too, what he saw. The series of broadcasts is reminiscent of a Fortnite, which can make many players cringe. “The big ambition is to create this kind of open world that can be built in all directions“, it was released at one time. During the sequence, we even observed a change in the direction of the art, the cartoon style changed to become realistic. In the end, the five-minute presentation had no answers, but many questions. And looking at the press release didn’t help answer those questions.
EVERYWHERE seamlessly blends gameplay, adventure, creativity, and discovery into a new, multi-world gaming experience that changes how players connect with each other and the digital world around them.
“We are not trying to make a normal game“, then said Adam Whiting, deputy director of the game, on stage at gamescom: “I think the scope and ambitions of this project are unlike anything else. We want to build a new world for players. Not just 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 accurates” before comparing it to a kind of metaverse, a creative platform similar to Roblox and then Fortnite. At the end of the networks, some noted that Build a Rocket Boy offers several positions for a blockchain team, which caused some fears about the possibility of the game containing NFTs.
Monster ambitions for the real-life Ready Player One
A few months ago, an interesting document on Anywhere was leaked on the web. Shared by Roberto Serrano, a business analyst, it reveals the list of investments made by the company Galaxy Interactive (a venture capital firm focused on interactive content and technology companies) including the studio of Leslie Benzies , but also some valuable information about his next game:
An open-world AAA game featuring a multiplayer experience featuring an epic multi-chapter narrative, user-generated content through a “virtual sandbox” where players can create their own world, and social integrations and gameplay. in-depth streaming.
Anywhere to be considered Ready Player One in “Real Life”, not too much or too little, where it is possible to develop in a large open-world centered on the multiplayer sandbox. Later, we can create our own universes and interact with other players. On the official website of Build a Rocket Boy, Anywhere is also advertised as a game that brings a community where anything is possible. A utopian and ominous promise also based on the same mystical tone: “There is a war between good and evil in the hearts of men and women. Everything is changing. And there is no going back. This is a game. It’s a community. It’s a new world. A storm is on the horizon. And that was just the beginning of Everywhere”. In any case so far, no official mention has been made of the possible presence of NFT.
Theories have been floating around for a while
In 2021, the hypotheses are quite numerous. In networks and forums, players envision payment systems, possibly for real-world items, a battle royale linked to music tracks, or even a companion application that would bring everything together. mentioned above. Nestor, administrator of Discord of Everywhere, suggested his part “a first world that will be something similar to GTA Online and a second world that will be like Ready Player One, where you can create worlds and games for the enjoyment of other players, and access it is through doors or portals.“. In a statement made by IGN, The Build a Rocket Boy studio then admitted that some of the theories made by players “are not far off” from the final product. : “Some of the things they found, and that you covered in your article, are actually not that far off from what we’re looking at, but there’s a lot of context missing that’s exciting for players to dive into once in a while. it comes out“. And to add:
We don’t like to think in terms of open worlds or closed worlds, but in terms of building new worlds and new ways to play.
Sure, it’s hard to know what’s really going on anywhere.