Wild West Online rebrands as New Frontier, now with steampunk and alien monsters

    
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You know what they say: When a horse is beaten to death, that’s just a good opportunity to reanimate it as a steampunk monstrosity.

The monstrosity is, in this case, New Frontier, which is a retooled open world sandbox made from the parts of the late Wild West Online. After failing so very hard last year following a botched launch and the near-closure of the company, the remaining studio decided to go back to the drawing board to remake the game into two titles: a battle royale (Magnificent 5) and this survival title.

New Frontier is vastly different from the straight-up western MMO of Wild West Online as it sports alien monsters, magic storms, battle robots, radio towers, and other steampunk elements. It just went into alpha early access this week, and previous WWO players can log in to find that their accounts and purchases are still intact. There are no plans to wipe the game from now through launch, with weekly content releases scheduled for “the next 24 weeks.”

Source: New Frontier. Thanks DK and Kinya!

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Toy Clown

Was this the MMO that released without female avatars? Did they ever put those in? (I’m seriously amused by this combined with the addition of steampunk and aliens!)

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Connor

Yes it is, no they didn’t.

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Covynant001

Sergey Titov strikes again….

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NeoWolf

Steampunk, Robots, alien monsters, radio towers etc…. but does it have women yet? Because they seemed to be a concept they couldn’t cope with before lol

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Randy Savage

So basically, this…

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NeoWolf

And to think that silly man turned down a role in the Matrix to make that movie… oopsie lol

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Sorenthaz

Don’t worry he’s now giving 90’s kids nightmares with his portrayal as Genie from the live-action Aladdin movie.

Because apparently Disney has decided to make live film adaptations of all their animated movies.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Wild Wild West: copyright infringement

New Frontier: Generic, unimaginative, hopefully confused with New World.

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Armsman

True.

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Melissa McDonald

The game was pretty, it had promise, but they either didn’t have the resources or never intended to make anything more than the most basic PvE content. A shame. It coulda been a contender in the hands of different leadership.

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Frank White

I kind of doubt it could have succeeded even with more content. I just don’t know if there’s enough of an audience to sustain a purely wild west MMO. I mean, there’s a reason you hardly see any western movies or TV shows being made now, and if they are made they usually aren’t successes. (There are one or two exceptions, of course.) Most things now are made for a younger audience, and how many of the iPhone Gen are into Westerns? But throw in a little sci-fi (Westworld!) and maybe you got a shot. ;)

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Armsman

Given the huge walking Spider-like mech, I’m surprised they didn’t rebrand as “Wild, Wild West Online”, (though the Will Smith film sucked; and I prefer the original TV series myself. ;))

Still looks like lipstick on a Pig though.

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Jon Wax

Wild Waste Online

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Does not check email

I like unique mmo’s that are not traditional fantasy so +1.

However, after watching the original game develop and crash they are at a -10 right now. Too rushed and too ugly of a response to customers.

I cannot see myself ever giving money to an unfinished product associated with this effort. I hope to be wrong but this will flop.

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Hikari Kenzaki

They’re continuing the really fishy, red flag practices with some all new ones.

They claim to be an all new team using purchased assets, but use the same name.

Player accounts transferred over to this new company/group which could be against privacy laws.

They have various spelling/grammatical errors in their posts.

At least the people who already paid in to WWO will have… something.