That Leaked Red Dead Redemption 2 Screenshot Wasn't the Real Deal; It was of a New Wild West MMO

The other day an image was making its way around town that looked a lot like it could be Red Dead Redemption 2. And the internet went a little a crazy. Alas, the image wasn’t of Red Dead Redemption 2: it was an of a new PC MMO heading to Kickstarter later this month called Wild West Online.

In development by new studio 612 Games — whose staff includes former Crysis and League of Legends devs —Wild West Online is a PvP MMO that will allow players to choose specializations (such as farmer or prospector) and then put resources they acquire into an economy system of sorts.

The game notably boasts a law system where those who commit crimes will earn wanted stars, and once enough infamy is built up, a bounty. However, it won’t be NPCs chasing after you, but real players.

As mentioned above, the game is coming to Kickstarter later this month (where more details will be shared) aiming to raise $250,000 USD. However, the game’s scope will come down to how much money it earns. For example, at the $1.75 million mark, train robberies — a weekly game mode — will be introduced. In it, a train will move across the entire map and one side will have to defend while the other attacks it.

Stephan Bugaj, the creative vice president of publisher DJ2 told PC Gamer the following about the game:

“There’s an audience for this that just wasn’t being served on PC. So we wanted to make this big, open Wild West world with a bit of a twist that, like the best MMOs, is a place where people can really live in.”

As of right now, it appears the game is only in development for PC and is slated to launch sometime later this year. Below, you can check out the debut screenshots, including the one that created all the RDR2 fuss:

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Tyler Fischer

Tyler Fischer is the Assignments Editor and News Editor at DualShockers. He specializes in writing breaking news, managing assignments, and organization. Born and raised in New York, Tyler studies journalism and public relations at SUNY New Paltz. In his free time he enjoys playing and watching soccer, getting lost in game lore, and writing comedy scripts.

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