Wild West Online delays early access alpha: ‘It just ain’t ready yet’

A couple of weeks ago, MOP’s Justin and I expressed heavy skepticism that Wild West Online could ever be ready on schedule this fall. “No way, that’s just not gonna happen, that’s total fantasy,” I believe was our exact phrasing. Last spring, the studio told us it wasn’t running behind, but in September, 612 Games shut down the tech alpha early after just two weekends, saying it would still launch the early access in mid-October. Now it appears that 24-7 early access alpha is being delayed too and won’t begin tomorrow, although the team is still holding tight to October. Here’s the team’s statement from Facebook:

“Over the weekend and today we’ve done company wide playtesting of the build candidate for the early access alpha, and we’ve decided that it just ain’t ready yet. We want the next time you play to be a great time, and right now some critical elements are not up to those standards. What we learned from the community and by observing the activity of streamers and youtubers during Technical Alpha is that people want a game that’s better and more complete, not just early. So we’re not going to release with things that are really not there yet, and madly patch stuff in as it passes muster.”

The studio does say it’s going to take the extra time to “better perfect the new changes” and will reveal more details of the early access launch features “soon.”

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Rottenrotny

I’m usually OK with FFA OWPVP, but from what I’ve seen in WWO it looks like it could be a constant annoyance, especially with the local voice chat I would expect to be killed over and over while the perpetrator hurls expletives at me.
I didn’t play the game. What systems are in place to curb the ganking?

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A Dad Supreme

Help us Red Dead Redemption 2, you’re our only hope!”

*saw the new Star Wars trailer so apologies

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Raidervc

Why are we as gamers at a point where we bash a company for delaying an ALPHA, yet we bash a company that releases an incomplete mess of a product? It sucks they took money already, but delaying an alpha build to improve the product before said alpha seems like what they SHOULD be doing.

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pepperzine

Both have to do with exactly with what you said, they already took money in.

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Randy Ward

If this was more like Westworld, I may actually be interested.

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Melissa McDonald

Only Second Life is capable of being like Westworld…

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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A Dad Supreme

A balut sandwich!

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Robert Mann

The earlier we hear about games, the earlier they try to come out, and the less ready they are. Expected.

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Duane Does not check email

The results of varments and lil doggies not gettin’ along.

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Alex

In good faith they should extend a window for refunds as well.

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Paarthurnax Dragonhearth

Ohh noes you mean I can’t play a 20% completed game…. Darn I guess I need to wait a little longer in order to ‘play / test ‘ this wonder of modern gaming …. Darn ….. Good thing I have all these other wonderful MMO’s to keep me busy ! ….. -_-

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Melissa McDonald

From my perspective the game seemed to perform just fine, it only lacked content, but I didn’t experience any show-stopping bugs.

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