Watch 13 minutes of Wild West Online exploration and treasure hunting footage

    
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Still skeptical about Wild West Online’s proposed PvP system? A brand-new video today may or may not help. PC Gamer spends 13 minutes narrating a dev-led demo of the game world showing off just how pretty and detailed it looks, though the publication notes it feels pretty empty in its current phase. The narrator reiterates the idea that you’re probably not going to want to “go buck wild” murdering in towns since you’re likely to be caught and bountied. You can fire warning shots, however, and of course you can be ambushed out in the wild, with much weaker penalties for banditry.

“I like the idea of playing a roadside bandit and attacking innocent gold miners while they try to go pan for gold and make do or pay rent or buy a small land deed,” PC Gamer’s rep says while a dev shoots (and misses) his target. “I do worry about player density and whether any time you go out into the world to look for treasure or pan for gold or whatever it is – I do worry about getting shot too often. I’m told that’s what the beta and alpha are gonna be before, testing what kind of player population they want and how often they want you to engage with other people in conflict. There’s gotta be a sweet spot, and they will need a live environment to test that in.” You don’t say!

Another thing worth emphasizing is that it doesn’t look, act, or feel like a survival sandbox — it’s definitely cribbing MMO tropes like loot sticking with you when you die. So don’t be thinking this is a game about finding food before you croak! This is a game about who has the best cowboy hat, drinking whiskey, and hunting treasure. And very likely, shooting each other. Watch it all below.

Source: YouTube. Cheers, Vikaernes!
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Mukit

It seems like they’ve made great progress. But how much is left on their to-do list before they call it ‘1.0’?

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P3lli

Why I’m not surprised. An Infestation reskin like always, stay away from this and dont give this fucker more money/coverage

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krieglich

Yeah, back in the good old wild west days, when you had to pay $ 500 for a cowboy hat. *rolls eyes*

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Utakata

*Pigtails tries to pull back the view to the 3rd person*

…btw, picking herbs and locks with shotgun? Do they fish with sticks of dynamite as well? O.o

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Paragon Lost

Watched four seconds, it’s first person so I had to shut it off so I didn’t ruin the next few hours recovering from motion sickness.

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Ket Viliano

I love first person, so much more immersive and engaging than clunky third person views.
OFC, if I got motion sickness, that would totally change my perspective.

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Paragon Lost

Wish I didn’t, it’s one less play style for me and that sucks.

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hurbster

Is it the FOV ?

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Raimo Kangasniemi

Relieved it’ looks and feels more like real MMO than a survival gankbox.

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Blinkenn

Fast travel just seems like a bad idea, maybe between towns if they’re really far (why not take a train). But not to each little outpost you find.

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Dug From The Earth

Hey Blinkenn,

I think trains would be a cool “flight point” travel system, but only if they let you move around on the trains and interact with things inside of them.

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Raimo Kangasniemi

Then people would demand that there could be train robberies.

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Dug From The Earth

There are systems they could put in place to allow things like that, but also help keep it contained.

Allow players to pay for armed NPC guards to ride shotgun on the train, that would be a serious challenge for any players looking to try and pull something like that off. Just as an example.

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Blinkenn

That sounds perfect!

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Raimo Kangasniemi

Surely its at this point something that can change depending on feedback. Depending the amount of ganking when the game is closer to a real launch, it could be either good or bad.

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Melissa McDonald

If I were designing the game, only certain zones would be open PvP. Now, those zones would have to have some attraction, appeal, or reason to go there, and take on such risks. But it would be a very much known risk you were taking, not a scene where you’re just innocently making s’mores by the campfire one minute, staring at the dust face-down with a bullet hole in your head the next. That’s the kind of shit nobody really wants to deal with.

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Rottenrotny

Holy hell I need to stop youtube comments. I always come away from it feeling certain that the human race is doomed.

Game looks decent to me. Interested to see how it pans out.

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Melissa McDonald

turning off comments = bliss

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Mr Poolaty

Looks painfully awkward the movement

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Ket Viliano

Bad, the animation is.