The Wild West Online MMO officially launches out of early access today – here’s the new trailer

It’s been quite a ride for Wild West Online, the survivalish MMO that came out of nowhere last spring to take on Red Dead Redemption 2. The game was originally planned to launch in the fall, but it hobbled to an early access launch well behind schedule instead, weathering drama around its relationship to The War Z’s studio, the slow rollout of female toons, and a complete do-over on its planned open PvP gankbox mechanics (the game is now a faction-based setting – cue the anguished howls of early backers).

But the game formally launches on Steam today boasting that faction-based territorial PvP, solo and group play, PvE questing, and homesteading, with a promise of an evolving world in the future.

“To create an even further gripping experience, the development team will continue building out the larger world and integrating new content to create the best experience for players. This includes having Wild West Online’s world age through the years. When players enter Wild West Online today they will start in the mid-1800s with a frontier dynamic and during the coming years the world will evolve as it moves into the late-1800s and eventually into the early 20th century.”

We’ll be streaming the game today at 3 p.m. EDT, so stay tuned on OPTV, and check out the new trailer down below.

Source: Press release

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Chris Moss

Got my Steam key a few days ago. Then they also sent me an extra key, cause I ordered the Collectors Edition. Now me and my bro can team up!

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whowutwhen

This came out WAY too fast IMO. No way its good.

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Mr.McSleaz

Head over to Steam and check out the user reviews, lol.

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Michael18

What’s up with the achievements of this game on Steam? One achievement was unlocked by exactly 40.0% of players, the next 5 by exactly 10.0% of players, and all remaining by 0.0%. Bugged or doctored?

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squid

Probably only 10 players

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Daniel Miller

Cash grab? I preordered this last october and still no steam key.. Scam company

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Daniel Solorzano

I got my steam key. Four days ago. Not saying the game isn’t a scam but I did it get mine

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Mewmew

They’d have zero reason not to give you your key. It’s not like a physical item they need to ship you, and the game does exist, even though it’s not anything like what they promised it does exist and people are playing it. So there would be no reason for them to hold back on giving you your key so you could download it. It’s either in your spam box or there was a bug in their delivery system.

If you contact them I’m sure they’ll look it up and give you your key, not that the game is any good but you paid for it and they’ll get it for you as there is no reason not to. They gain nothing by not providing a key you paid for for a digital download of a game that does exist… So yeah, no reason to scam so there’s obviously something else going on.

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johnwillo

I’m surprised somebody hasn’t done a “Weird West” MMO, yet. Could bypass historical issues with racism, sexism, and be a kick-ass game to boot. Magic, supernatural beings, mad science, steam, saloons, six-guns and horses.

When I look at this game, I just feel like playing through RDR again. At least I’m sure that it won’t go away. Though, given GTA IV, I guess that someday its soundtrack will.

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Paragon Lost

Trying to get out launched to take advantage of the popularity of Westworld? If so that could be a problem if it isn’t really ready for release.

Edit: After reading some of the comments below, makes me really think this is a cash grab, hoping to get more to buy it due to Westworld’s current season running. :/

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Randy Savage

If I can’t have sex with robots who eventually gain consciousness and kill me, then it’s not the real Wild West

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NeoWolf

Were it not PvP I would be ALL over it, I have longed for a Wild West MMO for a long time :(

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Mewmew

I wouldn’t because there isn’t much content at all, almost nothing for PvE and it’s a very small world, so even removing the PvP it wouldn’t be enjoyable.

I’d be all over a better made Western MMORPG though with PvE and co-op, but not this piece of garbage :P

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NeoWolf

Wow..really that bad? thats not good :(
Well lets hope for that “better” Western MMO then heh :)

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Dane Ford

From what it looks like on the steam review page, it’s WarZ all over again in a Wild West Skin. Promised features that are unimplemented, heavy-handed cash shop, little content. That would all be fine if this were an EA or Alpha game, but according to them, it’s release ready!

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Paragon Lost

Interesting, so my post above might be accurate as to the reasoning for this. :/

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Mewmew

Yes all the times they came to insist to people it would have lots of PvE content to play through was horse manure. Either they just never developed it or never really intended to. They also went on about how big the map was and how you could find your own corner without ever seeing other people. Maybe there are so few players that’s true, but you can traverse all of the world in 45 minutes as it is.

So it’s full of broken promises and it seems that it isn’t that good on what they did deliver on (the PvP seems to have hitbox issues and others). All in all it’s a major pass.

It was a good idea, if someone wants to make a Western MMORPG and put some actual effort into it. That didn’t happen here however.

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Sorenthaz

Seems like it should be officially launching into Early Access on Steam, not trying to act like it’s fully launched. This game has definitely had a rather bizarre development history in terms of it looked kind of bare bones when it first made itself public, and only… 6 months? later it doesn’t look like they’ve done more than maybe get the core systems in place.