I searched through the forums to see if anything has been posted about this, but I didn't see anything, so sorry if it's old (and it probably is).
Update:Chris Taylor posted an update video to the Wildman Kickstarter page to talk about the current status of Gas Powered Games and Wildman.
He gave an emotional explanation about why layoffs had to occur now at GPG instead of later and why he's not yet sure about what to do with the current Kickstarter campaign. He is asking for fan feedback. You can watch Chris Taylor's videoover on the Kickstarter page.
Original Story:Just four days after launching the Kickstarter campaign for Wildman, an evolutionary action RPG, Gas Powered Games has laid off nearly its entire staff.
Gas Powered Games is the developer responsible for creating the Dungeon Siege series, Supreme Commander, and, most recently, Age of Empires Online.
Sources told Kotaku that everyone except for CEO Chris Taylor and one or two people have been let go. According to the Gas Powered Games website, the company employs over 60 people, so its quite a significant drop.
Chris Taylor issued a statement to Kotaku confirming the layoffs saying, We do have a layoff, and well be updating our Kickstarter as well with details as well very soon.
As of right now, the Kickstarter campaign is still live and collecting money despite no update on its development and the lack of a studio to complete it. The last update was from yesterday, showing the gameplay in action and giving a thorough update on the various states of development. As of this writing, Wildman's campaign has raised $174,000 of the $1.1 million goal.
So this is really bad. Gas Powered Games is a great studio that has made some really great sh!t, Chris Taylor is a great game designer, and... yeah, it's terrible to see them hurting for money.
So... yeah. If you wanna help GPG or see what I'm on about, head to their Kickstarter page and get acquainted with the whole thing.
I suppose this brings up an interesting question about the viability of Kickstarter, considering John Romero and Tom Hall's project didn't meet it's funding date and Peter Molyneux's Godus just barely met its funding goals.
What say you, System Warriors? Upset at the potential loss of Gas Powered Games? Mad at Kickstarter? Still hoping those 20 projects you backed won't suck?
Sound off, guys.