I Wonder: Noncombative Wandering In MMO Wander

You know what, yes - I do want to be a tree.

I’m not really sure what Wander is, which is a rare treat for me. I’m familiar with all the words in its official description – “a non-combat, non-competitive, collaborative multiplayer game” – and their meanings within video games. I have read before that it’s an MMO about shape-shifting to explore rainforest, undersea, and the air. I cannot even remotely imagine what one does in it from second to second, minute to minute, so it’s an exciting idea for me. A new twenty-minute trailer/machinima/…thing doesn’t explain much, but now I want more than ever to be a treeperson.

Wander starts players as one of these treefolk, but magic afoot means we can later also morph into a humanoid, a griffon whose flight is affected by air currents and weather, a Murlock-sorta undersea creature, and a Tasmanian tiger. A look into the lives of elves before the world-ending evil makes them all stop larking about and arm up, perhaps.

I do wonder quite how directed the wandering will be. I like a good walking simulator, but when someone’s telling me, or even suggesting, where to go, I find it difficult to, you know, wander. One day I will revive Alice’s Evening Walk to explain why we should expel Dear Esther from the walking simulator canon.

Wander’s due in March 2015. It’ll be a one-off purchase for $25 with no fees or microtransactions.


  1. Spacewalk says:

    Yeah being a tree is all sunshine and rainbows if you’re out in the forest like you are but us council estate trees have to live with teenagers carving their initials into our trunks and people stuffing beer cans into our cavities. All whilst the government stands by and does nothing.

  2. Don Reba says:

    Take away the silly talking trees and make it cyberpunk, and it just might become an MMO I wouldn’t mind playing.

  3. GameCat says:

    One day I will revive Alice’s Evening Walk to explain why we should expel Dear Esther from the walking simulator canon.

    Poor Esther, she isn’t even entitled to be a walking simulator anymore.

  4. gschmidl says:

    With NO fees or µtxns, I assume.

  5. Bury The Hammer says:

    Playing a tree is not unique in MMOs, mind you.

    link to blogcdn.com

  6. Geewhizbatman says:

    I love when an indie group is ahead of its time:

    link to tale-of-tales.com

    I’m super excited to see what this game becomes and am even more excited by the possibility of walking MMO being a legit genre. I find I bounce off of the walking genre for the most part but love that they exist!

  7. neofit says:

    I am Groot!

  8. padger says:

    This does sort of look fascinating. Weird trailer, given the subject matter?