Wild Buster will reboot as Champions of Titan under new owners to get back on Steam

Back in February, Valve took action on MMO studio Insel Games, which published hybrid MMOs Wild Buster and Guardians of Ember, booting the company off Steam having determined that the company had tampered with reviews by coercing employees to buy and positively review the game. While Insel Games denied any wrongdoing, its games have been accessible to new players only through its official website for the past few months. For Wild Buster in particular, updates had been scant.

Now, an update has finally arrived. Insel Games told the Steam community that Wild Buster had “failed to attract enough players to provide a sustainable service and a big enough community to enjoy the game.” Rather than shut down the game, however, Insel Games says it’s transferring publishing rights to IDC Games, which will relaunch the game as Champions of Titan with new accounts and a server wipe. Not coincidentally, this will also allow the companies to get the game back on Steam.

Existing owners of Wild Buster will be granted voucher codes for unspecified perks in the new game, and the original game will still be playable on Steam for about the next month, when the new game – still styled as “sci-fi action MMORPG with fast-paced MOBA-style combat” – is expected to launch.

“With these changes also comes the necessity for a server wipe and new game client which means that all character progress will be reset and you need to re-register your account. While this might sadden some of you it simply is the best way to ensure a fair start for everyone and a growing community from the point of the re-launch. For those of you that have purchased founder packs, don’t worry: During CBT we will send out voucher codes that will grant unique benefits in Champions of Titan. We are still finalizing the details on this and will let you know in due course!”

Source: Steam, IDC Games. Thanks, Luvly!
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veldara
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veldara

Good to hear that this game is getting a second chance, I was deeply saddened when I heard of its troubles due to the actions of terrible management. I wish all the best to the team and I hope they adequately compensate the players that had faith in them early on.

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JJ

I attempted to refund my purchase on Steam after it was pulled out of the store, knowing that it was surely set up to die without the platform to obtain a playerbase. Unfortunately too much time had passed between purchase and refund request and I had played it just over two hours as well.

The game was OK, I’ve certainly played worse. At least current owners aren’t getting completely hosed by the ordeal if they are giving us vouchers for the re-branding.

Whether or not it will save the game, however, is another story. Curious to see how well this goes over with Steam too.

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Pandalulz

All I can think with that name is: “Wait, is this yet another CoH reboot?”

Zariarn
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Zariarn

I enjoyed Wild buster for a low budget game to play on rare occasion. Hopefully they learned from their dumb mistake. I hope to see Guardians of Ember get more traction as well. I enjoy the game but it needs more population.(I purchased it before the fallout)

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Armsbend

Alternative Headline:

Not satisfied with a game failing just once, Insel Games finds a new avenue of failure.

If the market tells you they don’t want to play your game – then stop doing it. Cliffy B – for all of his faults – understood this fact thankfully quickly enough. I wish more developers would understand this. It is like watching an injured animal die slowly – we don’t deserve it.

Connor
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Connor

Insel Games won’t be publishing it this time around. The announcement words it in PR speak, but I’m guessing Nuri Works (developer) tore up their contract after the whole review fraud thing got Insel’s games wiped off of Steam.

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Armsbend

That doesn’t make it any better.

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Dug From The Earth

Seems like they are sneaking back into the bank with a new disguise to attempt a 2nd time at robbing it.

The game was pretty much garbage. They had to do fake reviews because of this. Changing the name isnt going to fix that problem.

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A Dad Supreme

Appears they’ve found a loophole by transferring rights and are now allowed to exploit it.
Too bad they didn’t put this kind of inventive energy into making a better game as opposed to gaming the system.

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McGuffn

Missed a golden opportunity to change the name to Motherboy to coincide with a return to respectful, law abiding obedience.