The 11-minute trailer for philosophical pontificating simulator Everything is eligible for an Academy Award - a first for a video game promotion, boasted game developer David OReilly.
The marketing material in question is included under the Academy's category "[best] animated short film", which it become eligible for after winning the Jury Prize for animation at the VIS Vienna Shorts film festival.
Everything's lengthy trailer focuses on the correlation between the universe's smallest, biggest, and most remote entities, all while being narrated by the late British philosopher Alan Watts.
You start life as a cartwheeling moose. As leading protagonists go, it's a bold casting. A moose, it turns out, can do very little, at least, very little here in Everything's deep and vast world. You move in a staccato, tumbling motion at one of two speeds, pausing only to converse with any nearby animals, rocks and plants over which a speech bubble hovers. "I don't know if I'll make it through the spring," says an anxious sapling. All you can do to reassure the plant is moo a big moosey moo, then flip-flop off on your way.
David OReilly's impending PS4 project Everything comes second only to No Man's Sky in level of ambition. Where Hello Games boasted about its sci-fi opus' 18 quintillion planets, Everything hosts "one million+ years of gameplay." It's going to be hell on your backlog.
But Everything doesn't look like a case of quantity over quality, nor does it look like a typical game at all. Instead, Everything encapsulates a simulated universe where you can play as, well, everything.
The core "gameplay" may be less system-based than you're used to, but this comes from David OReilly, a man who previously made a game where you play as a mountain. It featured "no controls" and still ended up being one of the most downloaded apps in the US upon its 2014 release.
In 2014 game developer and special effects wizard David OReilly created a mountain simulator and for his next trick he's letting you inject consciousness into all sorts of inanimate objects with the upcoming PS4 game Everything.