Originally slated for Kickstarter — followed by some time in early access — Wild West Online, developed by 612 Games, will no longer have to contend with the risky business of internet funding to have its gunshots ring out. Why? Because of how Red Dead-like it looks, that's why!
When screenshots of the game leaked online, the attention 612 garnered didn't come because millions are waiting in anticipation for #WildWestOnline. It came because people initially thought the screenshot stemmed from #RedDeadRedemption2, which is due to arrive later this year.
All Publicity Is Good Publicity
Following the image's surfacing, Wild West Online suddenly found itself on the lips of everyone in the business, simply because it looked a lot like #RedDeadRedemption. Which swiftly resulted in the game's original investors throwing more money into the project, ensuring that 612 Games will be ready to release the game later this year without the help of backers.
“Thanks to this further backing, the development team will no longer need to raise additional support via a Kickstarter campaign and has also decided to bypass Steam Early Access to focus on a full launch. In addition Wild West Online will now release with its previous stretch goals in place at launch, including female characters, rich role-playing and social activities such as card games, and localization.”
- 612 Games in an Announcement on May 17.
Seems like any publicity really is good publicity after all.
Wild West Online: A Great Deadly Sandbox In The Dusty West
Wild West Online's website talks about the game in very clichéd, western terms. Which, in our book, is far from a bad thing, as this genre relies on lovable clichés. Using words like frontier, robbers, sheriffs, outlaws and name-dropping stuff like Deadwood, Sergio Leone, Westworld and John Ford classics, it's hard not to become overly excited about this upcoming game.
According to the website, the open world of Wild West Online allows the player to choose many different paths of play. You can be anything from a simple farmer or a dreaming gold miner to a bandit overlord or a solemn lawman. The gameplay will accommodate almost any way of living in the old west and carefully support different playstyles and moral dispositions.
The exact release date hasn't been announced yet, but it really looks like the massive online western we never actually had. With horse thievery, train robberies, player-versus-player shootouts and bounty-hunts with in-game companions.
A nice supplement to Red Dead Redemption 2, which is planned to release in the fall.
Are you excited about Wild West Online?