Everything is an open-ended, interactive experience that demonstrates the interconnectedness of the universe as well as the critical importance of one’s point of view. What we see depends on who we are, and who we are depends — in life, if not in games — purely on chance. Combining elements of role-playing games, sandbox games and simulations, Everything is designed to allow the player to do whatever he or she wants — but also to create moments of peace, beauty, sadness and joy.
David O’Reilly is an Irish filmmaker who lives and works in Los Angeles. Born in Kilkenny in 1985, he studied animation at the Institute of Art, Design + Technology outside Dublin and lived in London, Italy and Berlin before moving to LA. He worked as an animator on The Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe (2005) and created an animated video for U2’s 2009 single “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight.” Later he worked as animation director on the 2013 Spike Jonze movie Her.
O’Reilly’s experience directing the video game sequences in Her led him to start developing actual video games. He has consistently confounded the expectations of gamers, however. His first game, Mountain, released in 2014, offers little in the way of interactivity but enables the player to create and watch a solitary mountain floating through space as it offers its thoughts to the player. Everything is his second game.