Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: Kwalee
Developer: Muse Games
Release Date: Sept. 28, 2023

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'Wildmender' Partners With The Rainforest Alliance To Promote Environmental Awareness

by Rainier on Sept. 19, 2023 @ 9:55 a.m. PDT

In Wildmender, you face the challenge of restoring the environment. Explore the landscape, revive withering plant life, cultivate your garden, and build a better world alone or with friends in four-player online co-op in this beautiful survival game. 

You find yourself in a vast and arid landscape, surrounded by the ruins of a once glorious and mystical age. It is up to you to traverse the boundless dunes, gather what resources you can, create a blossoming oasis, and uncover the secrets that lie buried beneath the sands of time.

Explore the desert alone or with your friends. Craft new tools and use them to bring life back to a dying world. Befriend local wildlife and defend the land from the vicious wraiths who seek to corrupt it. Delve into the mystery behind a fallen civilization. Take on their teachings, learn from their mistakes, and master the arcane arts that once allowed them to thrive.

Venture into the barren wilderness in search of seeds, the key to new life. The world of Wildmender is procedurally generated, so your world and your adventure will be unique to you. If you want to survive, you’ll have to explore the world, revive the plant life you find along the way, and use seeds to cultivate your own lush garden.

Develop a harmonious relationship with the landscape and you’ll benefit as a result! Extracting the resources from dead flora and fauna may be helpful in the short term, but the real skill lies in making your resources last in the long term. Take the time to revive or cultivate plants and gather their materials strategically. If you care for them, plants will provide you with an abundance of food and magical essence. Keep an eye out for local wildlife as well, who may lend you their helpful services in exchange for treats or favors.

By communing with the lost spirits you’ll meet on your adventures, you’ll unlock spells and upgradable items that will help you on your mission to restore the landscape. Learn to soar above the very lands that once challenged you. Heal, revive, and charm the plant life you encounter on your travels. Battle against wraiths, the cursed ethereal beings that linger in these lands. As you gather more magical essence and master new spells, you’ll grow powerful enough to rescue ancient deities, earn their favour, and learn even more from them about the old magic that lies buried deep within the heart of the landscape.

Wildmender has joined forces with the Rainforest Alliance to promote their shared goal:

Wildmender X Rainforest Alliance empowers gamers to be more aware of the environment, reduce their impact on nature and be more proactive in how they nurture the planet.

The Rainforest Alliance is an international non-profit organization with more than 35 years of experience in sustainability transformation and staff in 20+ countries. Their global alliance spans 58 countries and brings together farmers and forest communities, companies, governments, and millions of individuals. Their mission: to protect forests and biodiversity, take action on climate, and promote the rights and improve the livelihoods of rural people.

In line with Wildmender’s launch, the partnership seeks to engage and educate players about their impact on the environment and the role they could play in saving it.

In this, reality and fantasy coexist.

Wildmender’s game story sees players take control of a character tasked with restoring life to a dying world. Starting from a tiny oasis and accompanied by a guide spirit, Vidyas, the player will travel to and restore the altars of five Gods, and in the process remove corruption from their part of the world. The Gods themselves embody elements and natural processes (water, storms, time, etc.) and introduce themes of natural cycles, environmental damage, restoration, and harmony with nature. 

This unique strategic collaboration seeks to leverage the power of gaming for a greater cause, raising awareness of social and environmental issues amongst gamers around the world as well as empowering players to make a real-world impact themselves.

The Rainforest Alliance will benefit from the relationship with Wildmender, its developer Muse Games and publisher Kwalee via fundraising and increased exposure to a young gaming audience in numerous media, including unique Downloadable Content (DLC - a Rainforest Alliance Frog Hat - available on Steam), on the Wildmender website and the game's Discord community, TwitterInstagramFacebook and associated TikTok videos.

"Gaming has the power to transcend virtual boundaries and shed light on critical issues, especially among younger generations. The Wildmender x Rainforest Alliance collaboration seamlessly blends the thrill of gameplay with an urgent environmental message. In Wildmender, millions of gamers are called to embrace and critically reflect on their role in preserving and restoring nature, within both the game's universe and our reality. Through this creative partnership, the Rainforest Alliance hopes to motivate and empower people to uphold our joint responsibility of restoring the balance between people and nature," said Marco Maggiorotto, Global Brand Marketing Director at the Rainforest Alliance

“We created Wildmender as a fun game, of course - but also one with an important message in its heart. To succeed in the game, you need to restore life to a dying world. That’s exactly what the Rainforest Alliance is trying to achieve - and we’re so happy to be able to support its efforts through this partnership,” added Howard Tsao, Team Lead at Muse Games (the developer behind Wildmender)

“It’s very rare for a partnership opportunity between a brand and a non-profit to fit as perfectly as Wildmender X Rainforest Alliance. The Rainforest Alliance empowers people to nurture the environment for the benefit of our home planet and our future - and that’s exactly what players will do in our game. As Wildmender’s publisher, Kwalee is delighted to see these two wonderful entities collaborating for the good of our planet,” commented Harry Lang, VP of Marketing at Kwalee (publisher of Wildmender)

Building a healthier and happier world is far easier when you’ve got friends to help you! Work with up to 3 of your friends to manage your flourishing oasis, head out on adventures into the desert, collect and store essential resources, and defend against the wraiths that threaten to spread corruption throughout the land.

Our complex crafting system means that you can customize your oasis depending on your preferences and playstyle. Unlock new items to craft, develop and upgrade your tools, construct useful buildings, build up your defences against inclement weather or vicious wraiths, create unique irrigation systems, manage your garden, harness the magical essence that emanates from your well-tended plants, and add decorations to make your home lovingly your own.

What will your personal or shared paradise look like?

Key Features:

  • Survival, crafting and building:
    • Explore diverse massive procedurally generated worlds, with a unique variety of plant and animal species to discover; 
    • Scour the landscape to obtain new seeds, discover blueprints for tools and commune with lost spirits to uncover new tools to craft, and unlock new craftable items and magical abilities; 
    • Construct buildings, layout your irrigation system, decorate your base, and build your own custom garden; 
  • Magic:
    • Protect your world from the corruptive influence of the wraiths using a range of weapons and magical abilities; 
    • Befriend the local wildlife and receive magical boons in exchange; 
  • Co-op multiplayer:
    • Build your own lush paradise in single player or develop an oasis with up to three friends in co-op mode; 
    • Customize your character with crafted items and clothing. 

Wildmender is coming to PC (Steam), PS5 and Xbox Series X|S September 28, 2023.

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