Wild to feature possession and Bloodborne inspiration

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Wild 1

Geoff told us about Wild yesterday, mostly to rave about how pretty the game is but how we are still sad that making this game means that Ancel will probably never really have the time to make us Beyond Good and Evil 2. Still, Wild is looking gorgeous and the gameplay at least sounds unique. Over on the PlayStation Blog, we get a few more details than were previously revealed, too.

First up, Wild will include gender representation, with players able to choose to be a male or female shaman. Starting from when the shaman is young, the player follows him or her, watching the shaman powers grow. When the shaman learns to control a new animal, she gets a new tattoo etched across her skin; thus, different shamans will display a different collection of markings. Players can also choose just about everything, without clear moral guidelines imposed upon them:

Ancel wants to ensure that they avoid the common RPG structure that so many players have come to expect. The “Do X to be a good guy” direction is avoided in favor of complete player choice. Will the shaman start life by learning to control small animals like frogs? Or will he work harder to master stronger animals like wolves or bears? The choice is entirely up to the player.

The moment to moment play in Wild is a mix of survival and exploration. Players can traverse the land as the shaman, or call animal companions to ride (like the bear we saw in Paris). The shaman can also “possess” animals that he has previously mastered, seeing the world from their unique perspectives. Observe far-off terrain from the eyes of a hawk, or scout cannibal tribes undetected as a rabbit. Players can even lure predators by controlling sheep. But leave the shaman’s body unprotected, and death may come swiftly while his spirit is away.

Wild 2

I can already see how I will play the game, possessing all of the tiny animals as scouts so I can see the whole lay of the land before sending in my cannon fodder animals to lure the predators. Or maybe I’ll work hard so that I can command the wolves directly. Either way, I’m excited to explore this new world and see what this new gameplay has to offer.

Meanwhile, there will be some elements of multiplayer in the game. They haven’t revealed much, but it could be something along the lines of Bloodborne as Ancel stated that he was inspired by the game and wants to enable gamers to invite other players into their worlds to help or hinder their progress. I wonder if we’ll also see cave drawings and markings of some kind similar to the messages that players can leave for each other in From Software games. I like the feeling that other players have walked these paths before, even if you don’t ever actually encounter their characters.

Last Updated: October 29, 2015

Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let’s get on with it!

  • HairyEwok

    Getting a tattoo after learning a skill. FarKraai is that you?

    • Nikola

      Ubisoft they just rehash shit from one game to another and be like look new features pff…

      However though it looks like an interesting game!

      • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

        They even copied the landscape from TW3

        • Hammersteyn

          Who copied it from Skyrim

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Perhaps inspiration for Skellige, but not the rest.

            FUS RO TAKEYOURSTEAKBACK

          • Hammersteyn

            *pukes

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Shall we roast it for Trevor?

            [sets oven to 300C]

          • Hammersteyn

            Probably the max temp that?

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            I had to overclock it for his silly needs

        • Nikola

          #Ubishitmustfall

          But then I play most of their games:(

          • HairyEwok

            Ubisoft should just be bought over, not fall. Bethesda has a lot of moneeeesss. Make it happen.

          • Nikola

            True they have good idea’s but they need to change thins around a bit and make some new IP’s with fresh ideas, everybody is tired of AC and Far Cry don’t developers get bored making same shit every year?

          • HairyEwok

            Not if it lines their pockets well.

          • Nikola

            Yeah true. I am the biggest hypocrite actually I buy their games and then later hate on Ubisoft:( Think I am going to go to a corner and cry now;)

  • Hammersteyn

    Can we control the Parastratiosphecomyia stratiosphecomyioides? How big will that tattoo be?

    • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

      In your case, about a quarter of your arm only

      • Hammersteyn

        Or 1/100th of my belly

    • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

      In Rince’s term, whole body for a 15 letter word

      • Hammersteyn

        *Tatoos letter I
        hmmmmmm not much space left buddy

  • Rock789

    Eyes of a hawk, ears of a wolf, strength of a bear… Now where have I heard that before? 😉 **only 80’s kids will get that reference 🙂 **

    Game sounds intriguing, though.

    • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

      WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT
      Now that song is in my head!

    • DragonSpirit009

      Damn that brings back memories!

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