Wild West Online’s first closed alpha has officially begun

“Open-world action-based, online multiplayer” game – somewhere between a survival sandbox and an MMO – Wild West Online officially hits closed alpha today, or at least its first phase for those who’ve ignored detractors and bought their way in with a preorder package. The refund deadline is September 27th, meaning that you’ll have less than two weeks to check it out and potentially refund your purchase.

“During the multi-week Closed Alpha timeframe, players will experience a “Gold Rush” setting gameplay style. In this release, most activities will focus on finding gold, mining it from streams and rock deposits, and grouping with other players to establish mining camps before then transporting hard-earned gold to towns to be sold for in-game currency. Throughout the process players must beware of outlaws – other players who have chosen to play as bandits that will ambush, kill and steal gold from hard working prospectors. Players can also embark on exploratory explorations in search of treasure loot chests and rare plants that can be used to craft medical remedies. Throughout the game players can upgrade their weapons, tools and unlock new cosmetic items.”

The game isn’t behind much of an NDA; in fact, testers will be able to stream it, provided they repeat about a million times the disclaimer that it’s not finished, it’s an alpha, things will change, the usual. Massively OP will be streaming it this weekend too, so stay tuned!

Source: Press release
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socontrariwise

So what are the quests? Kill 10 natives? I can’t believe what I’m seeing. I really thought we were beyond glorifying a time of genocide.

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Melissa McDonald

There are only 2 servers, euro and USA (Delores … haha Westworld, eh? ) You cannot be female. Graphics are low setting upon launch and after adjusting you must relaunch (not uncommon). Graphics capped at 1080p. FPS in 70-80 range with a good rig. Scale/size of your avatar versus the environment seems quite real/large. Avatar quality on par with TSW.

Seems like it works- alpha quality. LOD details don’t yet exist. CTRL gives you equip options and you select with mouse, – easy enough. UI standards mostly adhered to. WASD. Spacebar to jump. C toggles 1st/3rd person. Yes there is 1st person. Rghtclick to aim, leftclick to fire.

I can only aim whilst standing not running. I cannot seem to damage those in town. You have to figure out how to load before you can shoot. Strange, strange stuff on voice channel. Mostly profane and porny. People roleplaying in old west accents and talking like settlers. Messed up entirely by douches talking porn. I was reviled for trying to shoot people in the head in town (ROFL). No voices heard outside town, so it’s proximity based.

So I followed “Warwolf” out of town. Engaged with pistols at close range. Missed, and he shot me and killed me, ROFL. So clearly PvP doesn’t work in town, and it does just outside :)

Tried ambushing another tenderfoot by chasing them out of town. Shot them 3x. They shot me once and killed me. Wtf? After respawning seemingly randomly, I have no gun. Oh dear. Was it looted off me? I still had more ammo…

FPS hitting 100’s now but nobody around me, not in town. 80s as I get to town….

Well, I’m not a game reviewer. This is real. It does work. It does exist. It’s definitely alpha. Not finished. Not done. Graphics probably placeholder, but the towns seem realistic enough. Old West photographs on wall, etc., a mix of CGI and real old photography. Old west vibe is strong. Massively will give you a nice live stream and professional review of its features. I’m bloody wandering around trying to figure out how to get another gun. More later :)

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sirsam

Ride on a horse in the wild west! Explore the vast desert and look for gold! Or hunt down bandits for their bounties!

If you get tired of having to actually travel, step in to our convenient rest stops and quick travel to your location of choice that you’ve traveled to before! I mean who doesn’t love instantly traveling in the 1800’s!

Garbage. What a waste of time to make a map large only to slash your own creative wrists with a dumb decision like instant travel. ESPECIALLY in a western game lmao.

Use your imaginations developers…..make it riding a train. At least that makes sense. But nah, lazy lazy lazy.

Alpha can’t hide bad ideas.

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Melissa McDonald

Or you could play the game and actually do more than fling poo at something.

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Alex Hyer

This is another game from the WarZ guys.

So don’t get your hopes up.

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Sorenthaz

Highest package was $60 so at least if it bombs it’s nowhere near as bad as what people have spent on games like Fortnite or ArcheAge or Landmark etc.

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Melissa McDonald

or *cough cough* Star Citizen

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Darthbawl

Massively OP will be streaming it this weekend too, so stay tuned!

Oh, this should be interesting. Who will be streaming it and will they [hopefully] be in western character? :P

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Loopy

A full RP stream or bust!

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Melissa McDonald

I’m told servers open at 2pm Pacific. I got my code and downloaded the client last night. I’ll check it out after work today and give y’all a book report.

edit: the forums and community there have actually sprouted up nicely, I see quite a few conversations and ‘regulars’ there. My own thread I started requesting a PvE server got many, many responses and almost all of them were asking for same thing.

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BalsBigBrother

Hope the devs notice and decide that PvE is a good thing for their game :-)

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Melissa McDonald

My impression is that guilds/groups can make their own servers but I will have to read up on that, I could be mistaken. At any rate, it seems the Alpha will be open PvP, with prospectors mining gold having to worry about bandits.

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Sorenthaz

Probably because there’s a lack of any AI threats to where PvP is the easiest fallback to make up for a lack of excitement in the alpha stage. That’s just my guess.

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Melissa McDonald

I’m willing to accept a limited scope for alpha. That’s reasonable.

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Denice J. Cook

Maybe by the time the game launches, you’ll be so much more comfortable with PvP there that you’ll miss it when you’re on your oft-requested PvE server. :P

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