Everything Is a Playable Character in This New PS4 Game

"There is no distinction between you and the world, or between a level and a character."


David OReilly, who was behind the video game sequences in the Spike Jonze movie Her, today announced his next project--and it sounds intriguing and ambitious.

The game is called "Everything" and the hook is that every item in the world can be a playable character. "If you can see it, you can be it," OReilly said in a statement.

"The game lets you see the entire universe from the point of view of the thousands of things in it," he explained. "In other words, there is no distinction between you and the world, or between a level and a character. All these things experience and interact with the world differently."

If you have ever day-dreamed about being a horse, a paperclip, or the sun, for example, Everything might be the game you're looking for. There will also be a number of different "powers" players can use, one of which is called Being. Further details about Everything's powers will be announced later.

"This very simple idea has involved years of research and development, as virtually all game engines expect a lot of things to be static and non-interactive," O'Reilly explained.

"Everything is a game about the things we see, their relationships, and their points of view. In this context, things are how we separate reality so we can understand it and talk about it with each other," he added. "It sounds obvious, but people have been arguing about what things are since the dawn of time. This was the subject of my last game Mountain, and Everything explores this idea and more in much greater depth, and in a much more fun way."

Everything is in development as a PlayStation 4 exclusive. It will launch "as soon as we finish it," OReilly said. For now, you can check out the announcement video above and some screens embedded in this post.

OReilly hasn't yet explained exactly how Everything will work. But we will report back with new details as they are made available. What do you make of the concept for Everything? Let us know in the comments below!

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