Gamers raise new questions about Wild West Online’s credentials and connections

If there’s one thing that MMO fans have learned (and re-learned) over the years, it’s that it’s not a great idea to take things at face value when it comes to upcoming games. A healthy dose of skepticism is useful to keep one from getting burned by developers and studios who might make outlandish claims and expect them to be accepted.

So as you read this investigative piece at Kotaku that questions the validity and backing of Wild West Online, perhaps it’s useful as a reminder that we should be skeptical until a company and its product are proven.

The article in question raises a few concerns over Wild West Online, an online western sandbox that appeared out of nowhere a few months ago and is being developed by a studio that didn’t seem to exist much prior to that. It digs up some circumstantial evidence that hints of a link between WWO and Free Reign Entertainment, the studio that put out Sergey Titov’s The War Z.

It’s important to note that the studio has previously adamantly denied involvement with Titov.

“Sergey Titov is not involved in the development of this game, but yes we use a game engine developed and supported by one of his companies,” a 612 Games representative told followers in May. After we followed up on the accusations made on Reddit last spring, the company made this statement to Massively OP directly:

“Yes, we are using the Nightshade game engine from Free Reign Entertainment. However, 612 Games is neither a subsidiary of Free Reign, nor financed by Free Reign or Sergey Titov. The team is focused on making a great game that will speak for itself, and now that we’ve addressed this topic we are going to return our focus to the game itself. Thank you for your continued support.”

It is nevertheless strange that 612 Games has a barebones website and has listed only three developers working on the project.

“Until further evidence turns up we have to take the company at its word,” Kotaku concludes. “The spaghetti tangle of company names and things like 612’s set-up may be a little unconventional, but there’s no harm in that.”

Wild West Online recently put out a gameplay video and is soliciting early bird purchases of the game, which it says will release later this year.

Source: Kotaku. Thanks Zander!
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Chris Brown-DeMoreno

What’s the problem? You might question their choice of game engines but other than that why is this even a story? Treat it like any other game by any other developer. When it comes out, you try it, read about it, watch videos on it, and if you don’t like it, you don’t play it. It’s like these sites are trying to make a scandal out of nothing, like AAA publishers haven’t pooped out games before.

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Mewmew

“It is nevertheless strange that 612 Games has a barebones website and has listed only three developers working on the project.”

Is that weird? Like the page says, those are the principals, the leads. Why would they list more than that? Do game company web sites usually list all the programmers and such working for them? I usually only see and hear about the directors as far as when I look at sites, if even that much. I’m unsure what you’re looking for exactly, obviously they’re not going to list every worker the company has. If they listed one more person as the music director would it have made it less of a conspiracy?

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Jennifer Yaner

“Remember. No preorders.”

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kody

Why on earth would anyone use that engine when there are better engines available? Unless there actually is a deeper connection than they’re claiming.

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Melissa McDonald

The video we saw of gameplay looks pretty good. That’s all I care about, not what engine is being used. How does it look, how does it play, that’s all that matters to me.

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primal

non of the engines like unreal, cryengine, unity etc have the netcode built in to handle an MMO so they would of had to create it themselves.

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Space Captain Zor

At this point I’ll wait for the “Let’s Play WWO” youtube videos before I spend any money. The setting is interesting but it’s not the Western I really *cough Firefly cough* want.

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mcsleaz

I won’t touch anything that evem remotely smells like Sergey Titov…………..This project REEKS of titov.

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Sorenthaz

I’m sort of leaning towards buying the $20 purchase just to get the exclusive stuff IF this turns out not to be as shady as it looks, but then I remembered that The War Z used similar cheap pricing for its pre order packs.

Not to mention none of the items in the packs have been really shown or explained. And there’s been heavy radio silence. So it’s hard not to be cautious about the game.

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Greaterdivinity

Damn, dd I miss some juicy comment-drama? I love comment drama : (

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zeko_rena

Dang it, I always miss comment drama :(

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Utakata

They’re still coming. You just might catch one before the next swing of the Bree’hammer. :)

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Paragon Lost

Heh, yep you did. Was of the crazed nature.

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Siphaed

If true, be prepared for this MMO’s varmint to rob your stagecoach blind!

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KumiKaze

When I heard they were using Titov’s engine, that is when I became very skeptical. There are 2 reasons I could see why they would use it over something like the Unreal Engine, Source, Unity, CryEngine, etc, is they got a far better deal than what the others offer or the net code is better. The first seems the most logical.

I hope it turns out great and everything is fine, but until more news and the game gets actually released, I will not be ordering it.

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bobfish

None of the off-the-shelf engines have great net code. Plus some of them have revenue share requirements once you reach a certain revenue amount, which is off-putting to indies.

I do wonder about the murky nature of the company setup though.

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Sorenthaz

From what I understand, Unreal would’ve required them to do the multiplayer components from scratch whereas this engine has most stuff from the getgo. Also of course money is an aspect as well.