Australian developer Loki Davison has unveiled Wander, an MMO for PC and PlayStation 4 that eschews the norm by rejecting combat in favour of exploration.

Rather than restricting players to a single physical form, Wander allows would-be explorers to traverse their environments as a mixture of different creatures including a giant tree, a sea creature and a soaring griffin to name just a few.

The ability to change form is tied directly into the narrative too.  A constant serenade from a distant and mysterious siren leads players to discoveries that in turn allow them to embrace these new forms; making previously unreachable areas accessible and revealing ‘lore stones’ that introduce elements of the world’s history and back story.

The concept for Wander is actually borne out of Loki’s own travelling experiences with the developer stating on the Official PlayStation Blog, “I was somewhat of a nomad for a long time. I wandered around Central Asia, Siberia, the Arctic and Himalayas. Growing up I played a lot of MUDs (text based MMO games) and wanted to make a game that was atmospheric, relaxing and multiplayer. Wander draws on a lot of that experience. I wanted to collaboratively explore in a game.”

At a time where MMO’s tend to have an inclination towards the visceral, Wander could be just what the doctor ordered.

The game is currently set to retail for a one off cost of $25 (Roughly £15-£19ish).  Clarifying the pricing on Twitter, the developer has opted for a premium price point as it doesn’t believe that a freemium pricing strategy is conducive to the game’s “relaxing, narrative focused style.”

Also, in roughly nine hours time, the developer will be streaming a live machinima of Wander on Twitch.  You can watch it here.

In the meantime, check out the gorgeous debut teaser trailer below.

Source: Official EU PlayStation Blog

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