Grand Theft Auto redefined video games. Most people either have fond memories about the series or know somebody who does. One of the biggest names responsible for that is Leslie Benzies who helmed the series from Grand Theft Auto III through Grand Theft Auto V. Benzies is now working on a new game called Everywhere.
Here’s everything we know about Everywhere
When is the Everywhere release date?
Everywhere has yet to receive an official release date or window. The studio has only provided cryptic teasers about its vision for the game. But there's hope that there’s an update by the end of 2021.
Benzies' studio has been extremely secretive about its progress on Everywhere, but in late September 2020, the company had reportedly secured $42 million in funding from an undisclosed number of deep-pocketed investors.
Conceptualization for the game began back in 2016 when Benzies and ex-Rockstar employees Matthew Smith and Colin Entwistle founded the studio. Now, the trio should have the tools necessary to begin putting their vision to paper.
Who is developing Everywhere?
Everywhere is a science-fiction, open-world adventure being developed by Build a Rocket Boy Games, which was started by former Rockstar Games North President Leslie Benzies. Prior to founding Build a Rocket Boy, Benzies worked at Rockstar for 15 years until he had a public falling out with the company in 2016.
Is there an Everywhere trailer?
No, Build a Rocket Boy hasn't released any video assets for Everywhere yet. All it has offered gamers is a still image of a person's eye, which isn't much to work with. But now that the studio is $42 million richer it could begin to release more visual assets as the team brings Everywhere to life.
What could Everywhere be about?
Build a Rocket Boy has only offered mysterious teasers about what Everywhere could be about. But what we know for sure is that it will be set in a near-future open-world, it'll have multiple narratives, and it'll feature seamless co-op multiplayer gameplay.
The description for the game heavily teases that the player will be the one in charge of deciding how they want to experience Everywhere. This could suggest that the game will be a next-generation, choose-your-own-adventure title with a huge number of narrative paths a player could go down.
Here's the description of the game in full:
In the near future, technology has brought humanity to the precipice of a world shifting change.
There are those who want to use this technology to advantage only themselves, and those who want to use it to help all humankind. Will we look to the stars? Or stare only at our feet? Will we be inspired? Or live in fear?
There’s a war between good and evil in the hearts of men and women. Everything is changing. And there’s no going back.
It’s a game. It’s a community. It’s a new world. The storm is on the horizon. And it is only the beginning of EVERYWHERE.
Even with these little tidbits, definitive information about Everywhere is scarce. But, at least one person has theorized their way into the truth. In a conversation with IGN, the developer admitted that some fan theories about the game were not too far off from the truth. It’s unclear which theory landed on the truth, but this might be encouraging for the Everywhere devs to reveal the actual truth soon.
Some have figured out more information by scouring the code in the Everywhere website.
One user discovered an online landing page.
The above page was found in the website’s code and might depict some information that will be present in the final game. For example attributes and currency. Maybe the game will portray a “Second Life” experience in the future, taking cues from GTA Online gameplay.
Everywhere vs. GTA 6: How will they be different?
Build a Rocket Boy Games seems to be taking a markedly different approach to development compared to Rockstar (which is owned by video game holding company Take-Two Interactive). Instead of being beholden to its investors, the developer will apparently look to gamers to shape its future.
The game's landing page touts that players are going to be an "integral" part of the game's creation. It's not yet clear what that could look like, but the studio might offer early access to interested players that want to help the company playtest the game once it's far along enough.
Rockstar is known for choosing investors' interest over that of its legion of fans, which was painfully obvious when it announced GTA 5 would be re-released on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, more than seven years after its release.
Build a Rocket Boy Games will most definitely be able to listen to its fans more than Rockstar can. But the indie studio won't have a multi-billion dollar holding company backing its ambitious projects, which is always a disadvantage at the offset of a development cycle.
Everywhere will be released...eventually.
A previous version of this article was written by Danny Paez.
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