Open-world survival sandbox games have become massively popular on PC. DayZ is a regular on the Steam top seller list and has thousnads of viewers watching the game being streamed at any given time on Twitch. Facepunch Studios' Rust has made over $30 million, more than what the same developer's classic Garry's Mod has made. It's a lucrative genre, but there haven't been a lot of attempts to make it work on mobile, yet. Well, there's one developer trying. Toonuva Games has been hammering away at The Wild for iOS.

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The idea behind The Wild is that you're stranded on a forested island, and must try to survive as long as possible, managing resources and avoiding enemies known as the Deformed. The game will have roguelike elements and randomization, as you lose everything each time you die, and loot spawns are procedurally-generated. The developers claim they're working on a complex enemy AI system that will involve line of sight, the sounds you make, and their hostility. Crafting will be involved to help make items to last longer in this unforgiving world.

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Toonuva is definitely aiming high with this game: it's going to run at or around 30 frames per second on A6 and better devices (iPhone 5 and iPad 4th gen) with improved performance on more recent devices. The game is nearing its 1.0 release, with additional features like improved crafting, weather, new enemies, and perhaps even co-op down the line. The forum thread has been buzzing about The Wild for a while, with the developers regularly providing progress updates and new screens, so go check it out if you're intrigued.

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  • Ultima12

    This is the first I've heard of this game. It sounds amazing! I'll be following this one for sure from here on out.

    • Adams Immersive

      First I've heard of the entire genre! But it's a great concept.

      • octopus

        First I’ve heard of video games! Seems like magic.

      • Adams Immersive

        I know, right? These video game things are going to go places! You mark my words.

      • Themostunclean

        I still prefer banging my head against a wall. I always have the high score!

  • godofodd

    Sounds good. I really hope they can pull it off.

  • Dude.. Welcome..

    man, i was following the thread for a long time before i figured it wasn't worth keeping up with due to delays and stuff, but it's awesome to see that it's comin' together well (presumably) 🙂

  • Reptile

    I've been browsing through the forums trying to figure out a rough release date, but it is still a little unclear.

    • Dude.. Welcome..

      still hasn't been given yet. i remember there being a few solid plans for release as far as timing goes, but none of them went through, so i personally wouldn't think about it too much until you see it pop up on the front page or the app store

      • Reptile

        Oh. Okay thanks for the news! I'll just have to see if the developers say anything new in the next couple of days.

      • Dude.. Welcome..

        yeah, my fingers are crossed!

    • _mean.13

      On Facebook in the comments the guy said last Friday but he wasn't ready I think

  • DuckyShot

    I remember when I first saw it in the forums. I'm glad it's nearing release 😀

  • Apricosomoso

    If you compare this to DayZ, you have not played Dayz.

    I cried a little

  • _mean.13

    The dev said he was releasing it last night but obviously it's delayed to probably tmr or so

  • kt91

    I really wanna play this game! When's it coming out??

  • falco

    I will probably try this.

  • Press2Play

    Wow it's like minecraft on steroids cool.

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  • colmulhall77

    Sounds good!

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    • Reptile

      The devs have not said anything about the android platform. So probably not

    • _mean.13

      Yall already have rusty

  • kdiaz

    Will it ever be available for 4s? Please?