Even Wyrdsong's devs don't know what to expect of the fantasy RPG

A monster in Wyrdsong
(Image credit: Something Wicked Games)

Upcoming historical-fantasy RPG Wyrdsong has already turned heads with an exciting teaser trailer, but even its developers don't know what beast it might evolve into.

Revealed at Gamescom 2022, the open-world RPG is being developed by some of the creators of Fallout 4 and Skyrim. As with many RPGs, story looks to be central to the game. But in a departure from the norm, Something Wicked CEO Jeff Gardiner isn't sure what exactly it will look like.

"We don't don't want to define things and make it too rigid," he explained in an interview with IGN. "Instead [we want to] let people give us their great ideas as we're building this story".

The idea is that the short, artistic trailer debuted at Gamescom will "attract talent that is going to come in and help us create this."

Something weird this way comes

On the subject of creating a world without a story, Gardiner further detailed his vision to inspire the right people to put themselves up for the task.

"Settings and themes are important in Wyrdsong. In RPGs, there are so many stories being told – the main stories, the side stories – and I want people to come and really dictate what they find interesting and compelling."

We know that Wyrdsong will be a historical fantasy RPG with lots of complex world-building and lore to be shaded into its negative spaces. But aside from that tantalizing morsel, there really isn't much else to be gleaned at the moment.

Gardiner isn't alone at the helm, however. Charles Staples, an alumnus of Obsidian, is stationed as Wyrdsong's design director, laying the foundations for what promises to be a true feat of collaborative writing.

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