The thing to know about Rebel Nature is that it isn't just a single project. Rebel Nature is much closer to a creative initiative than anything else.
Currently we only know of one actual IP that's officially a part of Rebel Nature, that being Waveborn. This is the thing we typically see when Faber shows off Rebel Nature things, it's the girl and the robot and the ocean. So far, we know he is currently in production of a film project for Waveborn, but I've also seen snippets of a video game, and it's safe to say that all of the art Faber has made is part of that "franchise" as well.
Now, when people say that Faber is using Bionicle imagery and themes to "draw people in" to Rebel Nature, to me it often comes off as people trying to paint this as intentional and insidious on his part (how dare you use my childhood to force me to care about climate change). I don't believe that's the case at all. I do think, considering how passionate Faber is about his initiative and how well-suited Bionicle's themes are to the core of Rebel Nature, that he is trying to make some form of spiritual successor to Bionicle to join Waveborn as a Rebel Nature IP.
Some notes on that:
- It does not mean that Waveborn and 14b2020 will necessarily be in the same universe. Even if they are, it seems like 14b2020 is highly focused on extremely isolated portions of the Earth, so I don't see humans being active players in the story as a possibility.
- Faber is not doing this to intentionally mislead people. I sincerely believe he means well in his endeavors and that he truly wants to make something as close to Bionicle as he possibly can for the fans to enjoy. I do think he definitely underestimated the zeal of the fanbase and how speculative we can be, which has lead to people over-hyping the project and coming to false conclusions of a G3 or G1 continuation or something. Important thing to keep in mind is that people's expectations not being met are not on Faber. Could he have been more forward with his plans? Of course, but in the end Faber enjoys being mysterious and it's just how he is, and ultimately he is not responsible for people expecting too much of this.
I, for one, am still extremely excited about the project. I'm excited about the story possibilities, and I'm excited to see something heavily Bionicle-esque be used for such a neat creative initiative. It's not LEGO BIONICLE™, but to see a project aimed at recapturing its spirit is something I can get behind.
And I, again, seriously implore everyone in this thread to at least look at Rebel Nature. A lot of people are here only for the Bionicle aspect, but I honestly think doing so misses the bigger picture. I feel you might find something worth your time that stokes your passion or interest in the entire initiative at least a little bit, and it can give you a more positive outlook on 14b2020 on the whole.