PlayStation has reportedly canceled an upcoming PS4 exclusive. With the end of the PS4 lifecycle, there are plans to get a few more exclusive games like Horizon Forbidden West and God of War Ragnarok, but soon Sony’s first and second releases will be purely PS5-focused. That said, one game that PS4 users shouldn’t expect to see is the long-standing PS4 exclusive, Savage, by Michael Ancel, the creator of the two Rayman and Beyond Good and Evil. It’s been seven years since Wild was first announced for the PS4, and as a result, many have considered it vaporware or have forgotten about it altogether. Suffice it to say, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that, according to industry insider Jeff Grubb, this has been canned.
The timeline of Savage begins in 2014, when Wild Sheep Studios, with Michael Ancel at the helm, announced the open-world action-adventure game with PS4-exclusive survival elements. To this day, it’s unclear what Sony’s involvement in the game was, but it appears to have been a second-party relationship, suggesting, at the very least, that Sony was providing resources for the game. game development.
A year later, the second trailer for the game was released. And that was the last time we saw the game, which got a huge buzz around it. 2016, 2017, and 2018 were years of complete silence, minus a 2017 update of the aforementioned Ancel with new screenshots. It wasn’t until 2019 that the game reappeared after Sony filed a trademark for the title. This prompted an update from Wild Sheep Studios, who confirmed that it was still working on the game. What followed was more silence until April 2020, when the game reappeared, this time because as new art concepts for the game have been uploaded to the Wild Sheep Studios website.
Since then, we haven’t seen or heard anything about the game, until this week, when Grubb, via Giant Bomb, announced that the project had been canceled. Unfortunately, Grubb doesn’t link this with any information as to why it was canceled.
As you may know, Michael Ancel has announced his retirement from the industry in 2020, so there’s a chance his rather sudden departure contributed to the game’s cancellation.
That said, so far none of this has been confirmed. Officially, the game is still in development until PlayStation or Wild Sheep Studios confirm it isn’t. At the time of publication, neither party has commented on this report. If that changes, we’ll be sure to update the story accordingly. In the meantime, take everything here with a grain of salt. While Grubb has proven to be reliable in the past, it has also been irrelevant in the past.