A few days ago Gas Powered Games announced the cancellation of the Wildman Kickstarter campaign, hinting at some secret developments that would possibly save the company. Luckily, as of today, that’s not a secret anymore.
World of Tanks/Warplanes developer and publisher Wargaming purchased Gas Powered Games to “further bolster” the company’s “push into multiplatform expansion”. Wargaming CEO Victor Kislyi, released a statement on the reasons for the acquisition:
“Gas Powered Games’ heritage and development pedigree shows us just how valuable an addition Chris and his company will make to the Wargaming family. Gas Powered Games has a long track record of providing incredibly engaging AAA gaming experiences and we can’t wait to start working with them.”
GPG CEO Chris Taylor also chimed in:
“Wargaming growth in recent years has been tremendous, and we’re looking forward to joining one of the fastest growing gaming companies in the world. I’m sure our experience and expertise will help us contribute even more to Wargaming’s global success.”
While the announcement may come as a surprise to some, it makes a lot of sense. Wargaming has been one of the few game publishers that really made it big in the last few years, and their expansion meets Gas Powered Games’ needs quite perfectly.
The only big question mark left is the future of Wildman, as the press release didn’t mention it at all. I guess we’ll have to wait on that, and hopefully the project will continue. For the moment I can’t say I’m not enthusiastic about hearing that a historical developer will keep its place in the industry and its talent won’t be dispersed as I was fearing.