Snail Games’ Outlaws of the Old West rustle up a Steam early access launch

    
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Form a posse with your best friends and ride out of that fantasy game and into the old west, for today Snail Games has launched the early access version of Outlaws of the Old West on Steam.

Yes, it’s another survival sandbox, although the western motifs may help to give it a publicity push — especially considering how Wild West Online fizzled out last year and Red Dead Online has some unknown beef with coming out on the PC.

OOW (not to be confused with OWW) bills itself as a “massively multiplayer survival MMO with a huge world, thousands of items, and a modular building system.” So expect a lot of bear shooting, bear skinning, and bear fur fashion as part of your gameplay loop. Expect to see other survival game features, such as progressively more inhospitable biomes, 150-player servers, need meters, changing weather, and fishing across its 144 square kilometers of play area.

Snail Games is publishing this one and plans to keep it in early access for the next year.

Source: Steam

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Armsbend

Snail Games : Where you swear you’ve seen that one before.

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NeoWolf

Its a tenner, i’ll take a look :)

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NeoWolf

So well, I did. What to say.. It is not a bad game, it has potential however I would suggest holding off on this for now as it is VERY early access it has some significant performance issues and bugs
(like looting your corpse causing your character to freeze, only fixable by exit to title and re-load at which point your corpse and its content is gone..BAM hours of gathering wasted) etc.

But at is heart it has as I say “potential”. It is pretty, the music is good, the graphics are..not hideous even on best but could be better. Perofrmance as I say is godawful fights are slow mo, things glitch through walls and the A.i is SUPER basic.
The crafting is extensive with LOTS of options and is fairly easy to use and the building looks fine although some key shapes/parts need adding (corner roof piece,s half railings etc..).
There are survival apsects of food, drink and temperature none of which is difficult to keep in check and you can trap or fish or hunt for food…though don’t do what I did and tackle an American Bison with a slingshot..it doesn’t end well lol

The character creator is fairly no thrills, male, female, 2 professions with no explanation of what they add? lots of hairs and eye colours, skin colour choice, choice of clothing color. No height or weight sliders, no choices of faces etc.. no tattos or scars or the like.
No Native Americans…..sigh

There is a morality system of sorts that tracks morality seemingly based on what you kill in terms of people my morality for example went up when i killed a bandit that tried to murder me and went up further when i killed three bandits at a camp later on. There is enemy loot though it seem fairly basic, i got money and bullets from the bandits, but I couldn’t loot their guns nor their clothing which was unfortunate as I spent my time entirely in my underwear as I hadn’t acquired enough cotton or fur to make anything yet.

You can play multiplayer on one of the official server of which there are RP, PVE or PVP or you can play single player.

As I say I didn’t hate it, but it was super early acces and I’d suggest people interested hold off six months to a year in the hopes to sorts its bugs and performance issues out enough to make it at least relatively playable.

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Tizmah

If we can go to Tahiti, I’ll bite.

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Tizmah

This is like when you go to a grocery store that doesn’t have what you want, so you have to settle for the off brand.

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Sorenthaz

Not going to blindly give Snail Games money, we’ll see how it gets initially digested on Steam + how well it fares before it officially ‘launches’.

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Pepperzine

Wild West Online 2

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Weilan

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Godnaz

Steam page says Virtual Basement LLC. is the developer but let’s forget that for a moment. Ask Age of Wushu and Dark and Light players how they feel about Snail Games. I know one person (initials are MM) who will not be a guinea pig in this experiment. Someone buy in first. I’m not ‘brave’ enough to give it a go.

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PanagiotisLial1

Yes gradually abandoned Age of Wushu after a first good year on it. Also they gpotato(later merged to webzen) was handling the EU versions named Age of Wullin. At some point players from the US version started turning to the EU version because even gpotato. who wasnt known as a great games provider, handled it better. At some point they took steps so the EU license doesnt get renewed and took all to one server. Oh and locked crafting -something so basic in mmos-behind a subscription wall.

Then there is Black Gold which was a nice steampunk mmo and they abandoned more or less 6+ months after its release.

From what I see around they dont seem to handle Dark and Light nicely either. They made too many servers effectively limiting the chance for multiplayer gaming and started shattering them down, bugs that linger for ages(included crashes) and got a feel its headed for maint mode

What is Snail Games USA? A company who is Good at developing games but not at providing games – aka keeping, maintaining and expanding the game services. This means for any game from them to work they should partner with another provider. They better stick to the creative part

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Weilan

Have you seen Age of Wushu’s forums? They look like some WoW private server’s forums from 2005. Not that old stuff is bad, it’s just that theirs looks like some fan project and not what a respectable company’s forums should look like.

There were also issues with the forums where when you try to submit a thread, it will redirect you to the main wesbite and force you to log in, when you log in, go back to the forums and try to submit a thread, it will redirect you again. You have to do some weird trick where you post a reply and edit the address to trick it into thinking it’s submitting a thread.

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PanagiotisLial1

The fact they rarely delete bots is what makes their forums look even worse though

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Jeremy Barnes

150 player servers! That will be such a useful and exciting feature with 11 people on a server! I also hope they continue the trend of like 1000 official servers so the population is even more fragmented!