Wild West Online cancels Kickstarter and early access plans, secures funding for a full launch

Remember all of those plans that Wild West Online had for a Kickstarter campaign this month and a Steam early access release? Well, plans change — and sometimes for the better.

The studio has issued a press statement saying that the “overwhelming response” to the game’s initial announcement was enough to prompt its investors to dump more money into the game, thereby negating any need for crowdfunding whatsoever. This means that Wild West Online will eschew Kickstarter and early access in order to focus on developing the game for a full launch in 2017.

“We’ve been fortunate enough to have our initial investors step up and provide additional funding to make the game we wanted, without having to raise money via crowdfunding. Westerns are lacking on PC so we can’t wait to release the game to the public,” said 612 Games CCO Stephan Bugaj.

But what about all of those proposed stretch goals, like creating those extraneous female characters? The good news is that this additional funding includes all of these features as well, so sleep easy.

The official website has unloaded a ton of new information for fans, including an overview of the game, a FAQ (which is rather sparse at the moment), and forums. The site outlines some of the expansions that will come after the launch, including player housing, mountain ranges, and train robberies.

Wild West Online will be going into alpha and closed beta testing this summer. Players can sign up for testing on the front page.

Source: Wild West Online, press release
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James

Wow this is actually rather nice news indeed

Now to reserve that name Liberty Valance

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Keir

This is awesome news and is how Kickstarter is meant to be used (or rather, not used). Good on them for not trying to scrounge money off the public now that they have secured proper funding.

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Chris Brown-DeMoreno

That’s pretty awesome. Congrats to these guys. Here’s hoping what they pump out is great.

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Richie K

Is this going to have shooter combat mechanics like in RDR or that mmo shooting mechanics ala Fallen Earth style? If its shooter type combat like RDR then I am willing to at least try it, if it is FE type then count me out.

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Rottenrotny

Color me cautiously enthusiastic.
Good on them for eschewing the Kickstarter thing.

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Estranged

A Western MMO w/o PvP seems unrealistic, this was not Utopia. There were rules of behavior. How you police those, not sure…

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Rottenrotny

Agreed and that’s what I said in the last article about this game.
I mean, what do you think of when you think wild west?
Shoot outs! Bar room brawls! Dueling at high noon!
Without PVP this just wouldn’t seem right to me.

It would be cool an interesting if there were factions though. Like marshalls and lawmen, native americans and outlaws. Maybe even non-combat classes like artisans, farmers, ranshers, gamblers, entertainers… painted ladies? Haha

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Estranged

Rotten – Non-combat classes would be essential in my western game, however, the prostitutes would be packing a Derringer.

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Mick the Barbarian

I woukd be in favor of PvP if it had consequences for such actions. No PvP has ever had proper consequences for griefer actions. Murders should get hunted down and killed … permadeath.

PvP in online games is nothing more than a wet slap on the wrist. So either have it properly or not at all.

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Melissa McDonald

if they ever introduced a Permadeath penalty (once caught and brought to justice) for PvP ganking, I would play that game. It would become a very interesting game indeed for the outlaw on-the-run. I’m not even joking here. A Bounty-Posse construct, rather like a raid, would be entertaining.

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Estranged

Mick – I concur. Just flag the murderer and their account.

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Robert Mann

This. Add to that a balance of reward and gameplay that suits lawmen being something people will enjoy (rather than just boringly waiting for somebody to do dastardly deeds defying decrees of decorum 99% of the time!)

I’m all for open PvP being allowed… if it is extremely risky to those who are playing the ‘evil’ role and upsetting other players. My ideal system would involve several requirements for ‘banditry’ rather than just being considered a murderer, including demands for payoff AND letting the players go if paid (Something like a ‘You can pass for a toll of 2% of your current carried wealth’ option.) In such a case I would also require funds to be transferred by players to any local bank for use.

Likely odds of happening: Slim at best. Sadly.

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Melissa McDonald

You can’t. That’s the problem. There are no Wyatt Earps, no Pat Garretts. Just outlaws killing peaceable citizens.
So, why would I want to play a game that can’t protect me… etc. etc.

We carebears can only vote with our purses or wallets. Game devs clearly aren’t listening when the last dozen titles are all “PvP sandboxes”. Sandbox apparently means “the ability to kick over someone else’s sandcastle” these days, not that you can actually, you know, make stuff, and enjoy it without risk.

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Estranged

Melissa – I’m in favor of a law enforcement, posses, you name it.

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Robert Mann

Aye, there are a few taking some measures, but I doubt there’s any of them taking enough to really balance the playing field. I’d love to see it, and find in game methods for making law and order important to all (including those outlaws) overall… as well as fun to play. Sadly, I don’t see that happening any time soon.

Still, I offer some support and encouragement to those doing anything to mitigate that, and note to them exactly why I am doing so (and the hope of something better further on.) One potential positive is that feedback from those like me has prompted a “potential for an RP ruleset server” from Life is Feudal (Not holding my breath, but would be very cool to see!) Hopefully as many people keep pushing those points we can see some different server rulesets, or even just games taking those lessons to heart outright! :D

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Paragon Lost

I’m looking forward to it simply for a change of pace. A Western mmo would be a refreshing change. Sign me up.

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kidwithknife

Egad, an MMO developer skipping crowdfunding and planning an actual, honest to god launch? That’s still a thing?

MOP, I do hope you’ll be covering this game along with the extensive articles about Kickstarter this and that. These people don’t deserve to get less coverage for skipping the “Beg for money even though we don’t really need it” phase of game development.

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Leiloni

Good news. Glad they have smart investors! It’s nice to see them including females but they also seem to have included a lot more features. If you scroll down on the front page and read everything they have, it seems like a much more fleshed out game which is nice to see. Will definitely be keeping an eye on this one. My question now is how will they handle combat? They mention action, but that’s such a general term. Also will they have classes? They’re doing primarily gun combat obviously, but how does that translate to an MMO as compared to other types of gun based PC games?

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Darthbawl

Anyone know of a wild west/gunfighter name generator? :P

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thickenergy

I sort of made my own way back by combining the names of western wildflowers and other plants. You get stuff like Parnassus Spurge, Calico Glory, and Twayblade Vetch. They sound a little more fantasy western though.

Another easy thing to do is take a biblical place or name and combine it with a simple last name. Such as Jericho Star, or Delilah Grey.

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Bryan Correll

I’m thinking I’ll go with Kansas Wiley Stafford. Or maybe Utah Johnny Montana (he’s from Idaho.)

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Melissa McDonald

Gunny McGunface

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Nordavind

Google knows. The search words “what’s your wild west name” gave a plethora of results.

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Darthbawl

Friendly Steele :P

Sounds dangerously close to porn name to me. LOL

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agemyth 😩

McCree “McCree” McCree

The Legolas of Western online game character names.

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Armsbend

Sammy Law
Justice McGuns
Scalps Under The Moon
Needle Badface

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camren_rooke

I’ll post it again since making new content for mmo forum boards is not cost effective. I will take a page from City of Heroes though.

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Utakata

Only if they have cash shops. o.O

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Valen Sinclair

This is actually good news, because now I’m actually interested with full funding, the fire of schedule that will be held under their feet by said funders, and probably a (mostly) complete game at release. I’m looking at you Star Citizen.

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Utakata

Somebody wants to make this a thing! o.O

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BalsBigBrother

Looks that way. I see it as a somewhat positive thing that there are still private investors out there that are confident enough in our genre that they are willing to invest in it. So don’t screw it up Wild West Online :-)

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Armsbend

I the price model is right I’ll definitely be trying this one on. Loved RDR and would love more to play some west with other players.

Apache Armsbend incoming!

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Lethality

This is a setting the genre has been sorely lacking… looking forward to seeing where this goes!

To those who can’t deal with open world PvP… It will take developers some time to iterate on those systems until we get to a place where it’s equitable and fair, but, I wouldn’t expect too many games without open PvP in the genre in the future.

Players are the content, and that’s a big deal for studios since it’s so hard to otherwise make enough content for players to make players content. (ah, the English language… :)

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A Dad Supreme

…but, I wouldn’t expect too many games without open PvP in the genre in the future.”
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Based on what?

The overwhelming success it’s been in the past thus far, lol?

It’s one thing to say it’s cheaper to make, but if there’s not a huge demand for it (which I still haven’t seen), it doesn’t matter if it’s ten times cheaper.

I have a feeling most of the games touting this as a feature will probably end up pretty empty.

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Utakata

My toons will just have to wait till Sheriff Lethality comes by to sort ’em all out if I happen to run in ’em ruffians. <3

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camren_rooke

Players are cheaper content for certain.

Sadly, I agree with you. I don’t see too many games, MMO’s included, without OWPVP in the future. It’s just too easy and cheap to add.

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Roger Melly

If it’s another of of these games that offer open world pvp with no factions ( ie a gankfest with a poor community ) it’s not something I’m interested in

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Tithian

As much as the concept intrigues me, the setting just begs to cater to the PvP Gankbox crowd, so it’s an automatic pass for me.

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Melissa McDonald

Congrats to the game devs. Give me consensual dueling instead of open PvP and I will play the game. Without it, no dice.

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BalsBigBrother

Good for them and I wish them well. I think they are probably going to make a killing as there has been an obvious gap in the market for this. That said I am in wait and see mode to see what they will offer me as a pve player

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camren_rooke

Miner,
Share cropper,
Tavern Owner,
Sheep

I got to drive 300 head of cattle to Bixby in a week, taking in getting ganked, running back, retrieving all my cattle, I should have left…..two months ago.

IT’S CONTENT!

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Utakata

Ewe have a point! o.O

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Melissa McDonald

make a killing… I see what you did there

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MrNastyButler

I..um…huh. Surprised they actually got a full backer.

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MesaSage

Gee, I don’ know, can the MMO community tolerate a game that launches without a “special” class of players? Ah the horrors of a level playing field.

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agemyth 😩

My thousands of dollars of ships and exclusive lifetime insurance doesn’t create an imbalance in the game/economy at all! Anyone can spend hundreds of hours to get the same thing (without the insurance). /s

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silverlock

Don’t worry I’m sure they’ll have some kind of head start program that will cover that.

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squidgod2000

Is RDR2 still scheduled for fall? Have they announced anything else about the level of multiplayerness?

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agemyth 😩

Okay, I don’t think we are allowed to shorten Red Dead Redemption 2 to RDR2… That just looks way too much like R2D2 at a glance.

I wish Rockstar had named it Red Dead R____ something like the first one being Red Dead Revolver. Numbered sequels are boring :P Especially when they aren’t tied to the same characters and all.

I think, sadly, we have GTAOnline to look to as a pretty close approximation of what to expect from a new RDROnline. I’m sure the world an setting will be great for roaming with friends for a bit, but the challenges and mission stuff in GTAO was lame, imo.

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Mick the Barbarian

“That just looks way too much like R2D2 at a glance.”

That’s exactly how I read it. I had to do a double-take to then figured out what he was talking about. LOL.

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deekay_plus

i don’t think there’s any eta at all for rdr2.

and i think it’s s safe bet rdr2 will have gtao style mp.

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squidgod2000

Red Dead Redemption 2 will release worldwide in Fall 2017 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One systems.

From Rockstar’s YouTube page.

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deekay_plus

interesting thanks!

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