Everwild's Creative Director Has Left Rare

Everwild's Creative Director Has Left Rare

Another upcoming next-gen Xbox project loses its director.

Another director has left an Xbox Game Studios project, this time at Rare. Creative Director Simon Woodroffe has resigned from Rare, according to a new report from VGC.

Microsoft confirmed the departure to VGC in a follow-up statement. Studio head Craig Duncan told VGC that the team thanks Woodroffe for his work on Rare's upcoming game. "The Everwild team are in good hands and passionate about building a game that will give players unforgettable experiences in a natural and magical world," said Duncan.

This is the second major departure of a director working on one of Microsoft's big next-gen games. Yesterday, it was announced that Halo Infinite had lost its creative director, its second in as many years. No reason was given to VGC for Woodroffe's departure.

Everwild got a new trailer earlier this year as part of an Xbox Series X showcase. The new game from the studio behind many classics, as well as multiplayer pirate game Sea of Thieves, looks to focus on grand adventures in a nature-laden, magical world.

We don't know much else about Rare's mysterious project; only that it's coming to Xbox Series X and PC, and it looks pretty gorgeous. No release date has been set yet, either. Considering the trajectory Rare has had with Sea of Thieves, there's hopefully been some lessons learned that the studio can apply moving forward.

The Xbox Series X and S, meanwhile, launch on Nov. 10, 2020. Be sure to check our first hands-on impressions of the hefty Series X here.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Eric Van Allen

News Editor

Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

In other news

NPD: PS5 Sets New US Console Launch Records While Switch Holds Strong

A strong debut for Sony hasn't stopped Switches from flying off shelves.

The Last of Us Part 2 Takes Home Top Prize at The Game Awards: Here Are All the Winners

Hades, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, and Among Us did get some well-earned love too.

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales Receives a Surprise Ray Tracing Performance Mode Update on PS5

Can't choose between 60 FPS and ray tracing? There's a new mode for you.

Quantic Dream Announces Publishing Deal for Dustborn, From the Makers of Dreamfall

Red Thread's dystopian road trip may end up being the first title published by David Cage's newly independent studio.

Need help?

GTA 5 Cheats

Discover all the GTA 5 cheats with this handy GTA V cheats PS4, GTA 5 cheats Xbox One, and PC guide for free GTA money and more. Plus get all the Grand Theft Auto 5 cheats for Xbox 360 and PS3.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Best Mods That You Should Download Now

RDR2 just released for PC players and that means more and more mods are coming in every day. Here are the best mods available right now for Red Dead Redemption 2.

10 GTA 5 Secrets That You Won't Believe

GTA 5 is a massive game, filled with brilliant secrets and Easter eggs. We've rounded up the 10 most amazing GTA 5 secrets.