PC MMO Wild West Online Gets Additional Funding; Won’t be Launching on Kickstarter/Steam Early Access Now
Wild West Online has created enough buzz -- in part thanks to the Red Dead Redemption 2 image controversy -- that its investors have increased their initial funding, meaning no need for a Kickstarter campaign.
Last week, an image made its way onto the internet that looked like it was a leaked screenshot of Red Dead Redemption 2. Alas, it wasn’t: it was of a new PC MMO called Wild West Online.
At the time of its announcement, developer 612 Games revealed the game would be heading to Kickstarter (and eventually Steam Early Access) later this month to raise funding.
Today, 612 Games announced that it will no longer be heading to Kickstarter or Steam Early Access, as it has garnered enough funds where such crowdfunding and awareness measures will no longer be necessary.
Additionally, Wild West Online features that were originally going to be stretch goals — such as the weekly game mode called Train Robberies — will now be included in the game at launch. This will also include the addition of female characters, card games, and various localizations.
There will also be a closed beta held sometime this summer as well as the addition of new content and gameplay features in the form of several expansions after the game launches.
612 Games chief creative officer Stephan Bugaj accompanied the announcement with the following statement:
“The community’s response to Wild West Online is something we never imagined, and thanks to it, we’re able to fully develop a robust Western experience for PC. We’ve been fortunate enough to have our initial investors step up and provide additional funding to make the game we wanted, without having to raise money via crowdfunding. Westerns are lacking on PC, so we can’t wait to release the game to the public.”
Wild West Online is in development for PC and will ship sometime later this year. Below, you can check out a trio of newly-released screenshots:
And here are the announcement screenshots: