Simon Woodroffe will no longer be heading up the game.
Rare’s next title, now simply known as Everwild, has captured the imagination. Between a gorgeous art style, wild creature designs and some magical trailers, it certainly has managed to garner a lot of attention for itself. Unfortunately, it seems not all is well in paradise, as the game’s Creative Director is no more.
As confirmed by VGC, Simon Woodroffe resigned from his position of Creative Director and the studio; he’d been with Rare since 2012. No reasons were given for the departure. Despite Woodroffe leaving, Studio Head Craig Duncan reassured that the development process on the title would continue without issues and be in good hands. As of now, no new Creative Director has been named.
The reality is, despite several teasers, we know very little about Everwild. While there’s been some hints that it will be a live service game of some kind, probably in a similar vein to Rare’s Sea of Thieves, nothing has been made official. Therefore it’s hard to tell how much impact a Creative Director leaving has since one can’t gauge the process of the game much. Either way, Mr. Woodroffe is no longer on the project.