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.