Gas Powered Games Hit Hard By Layoffs, Kickstarter Project In Danger Bad Sh!t Yo

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#1 Posted by DarkLink77 (31983 posts) -

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).

The Story:

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.

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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.

#2 Posted by tagyhag (15867 posts) -
I found it pretty crazy that the layoffs were announced this close to the kickstarter beginning. It's definitely gonna affect the game. :(
#3 Posted by archvile_78 (8384 posts) -

Can't say i care much i haven't played any of their games but with that said its NEVER good when a company get hits by layoff.

I hope they pull through.

#4 Posted by jg4xchamp (51990 posts) -

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas_Powered_Games

Those guys?

I sincerely am struggling to come up with an ounce of care right now.

#5 Posted by DarkLink77 (31983 posts) -

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas_Powered_Games

Those guys?

I sincerely am struggling to come up with an ounce of care right now.

jg4xchamp
Supreme Commander and the original Dungeon Siege games are pretty legit.
#6 Posted by jg4xchamp (51990 posts) -
[QUOTE="jg4xchamp"]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas_Powered_Games

Those guys?

I sincerely am struggling to come up with an ounce of care right now.

DarkLink77
Supreme Commander and the original Dungeon Siege games are pretty legit.

I'm sure they sell cheaper sleeping pills. Hell nyquil does a decent job as it is.
#7 Posted by DarkLink77 (31983 posts) -
[QUOTE="DarkLink77"][QUOTE="jg4xchamp"]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas_Powered_Games

Those guys?

I sincerely am struggling to come up with an ounce of care right now.

jg4xchamp
Supreme Commander and the original Dungeon Siege games are pretty legit.

I'm sure they sell cheaper sleeping pills. Hell nyquil does a decent job as it is.

:| We're not talking about Bethesda here.
#8 Posted by OB-47 (10909 posts) -

I read the topic title like it was being said by Ice Cube

#9 Posted by Slow_Show (2018 posts) -

Dude needs to wind down the Kickstarter. Sucks that people are going to lose their jobs and that GPG would end up shutting down (because while they never really got their sh*t together, they did some interesting work with Dungeon Siege and SupCom), but Wildman is pretty much everything that goes wrong with Kickstarter campaigns rolled into one (an interesting but incredibly vague idea with a high budget and zero room for error).

#10 Posted by Master_ShakeXXX (13361 posts) -

Who is GPG and why should I care about them?

#11 Posted by DarkLink77 (31983 posts) -

Who is GPG and why should I care about them?

Master_ShakeXXX
You probably shouldn't because they don't make sh!tty games.
#12 Posted by Master_ShakeXXX (13361 posts) -

[QUOTE="Master_ShakeXXX"]

Who is GPG and why should I care about them?

DarkLink77

You probably shouldn't because they don't make sh!tty games.

You are such a one trick pony.

#13 Posted by Kandlegoat (3147 posts) -

Man,I could never get into Dungeon Siege.The only good thing to come out of that game was Ultima 5:Lazarus

Sucks what's happening to the devs though.

#14 Posted by ArisShadows (22698 posts) -

[QUOTE="Master_ShakeXXX"]

Who is GPG and why should I care about them?

DarkLink77

You probably shouldn't because they don't make sh!tty games.

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Shame, they made one of my favorite games, Dungeon Seige..

#15 Posted by Gxgear (10425 posts) -

Probably knew about the pending changes to the company, and went ahead with the campaign anyways.

Another reason against Kickstarter- noble as its intended purpose may be, it's still not free of real world restrictions.

#16 Posted by DarkLink77 (31983 posts) -

[QUOTE="DarkLink77"][QUOTE="Master_ShakeXXX"]

Who is GPG and why should I care about them?

Master_ShakeXXX

You probably shouldn't because they don't make sh!tty games.

You are such a one trick pony.

Only with you, because you only give me one card to play.

Have something to define you other than your terrible taste and ability to make terrible threads about your sh!tty taste, and we'll talk.

#17 Posted by psymon100 (6835 posts) -

Total Annihilation. I bought that with my own money in 1997. It was awesome.

Supreme Commander Forged Alliance is still my favourite RTS.

This is a shame.

Poor bunch of folks made redundant overnight. Was it because RTS' don't have a proper control scheme on consoles and thus undersell due to human interface barriers?

#18 Posted by freedomfreak (44984 posts) -
I liked Supreme Commander. Haven't played their other work. Still, I hope they pull through.
#19 Posted by arto1223 (4404 posts) -

[QUOTE="jg4xchamp"]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas_Powered_Games

Those guys?

I sincerely am struggling to come up with an ounce of care right now.

DarkLink77

Supreme Commander and the original Dungeon Siege games are pretty legit.

Yea, I loved them. Very, very sad to hear about this. Game companies... stop going under...

#20 Posted by Master_ShakeXXX (13361 posts) -

[QUOTE="Master_ShakeXXX"]

[QUOTE="DarkLink77"] You probably shouldn't because they don't make sh!tty games.DarkLink77

You are such a one trick pony.

Only with you, because you only give me one card to play.

Have something to define you other than your terrible taste and ability to make terrible threads about your sh!tty taste, and we'll talk.

Again, you love Resident Evil 5 which is infinitely worse than any game I like and totally destroys your credibility in game taste.

#21 Posted by DarkLink77 (31983 posts) -

[QUOTE="DarkLink77"]

[QUOTE="Master_ShakeXXX"]

You are such a one trick pony.

Master_ShakeXXX

Only with you, because you only give me one card to play.

Have something to define you other than your terrible taste and ability to make terrible threads about your sh!tty taste, and we'll talk.

Again, you love Resident Evil 5 which is infinitely worse than any game I like and totally destroys your credibility in game taste.

I don't "love" RE5. I said it is an excellent co-op game, which it is. Also, you love Resistance, you f*cking pleb. So no. Not even.
#22 Posted by Master_ShakeXXX (13361 posts) -

[QUOTE="Master_ShakeXXX"]

[QUOTE="DarkLink77"] Only with you, because you only give me one card to play.

Have something to define you other than your terrible taste and ability to make terrible threads about your sh!tty taste, and we'll talk.

DarkLink77

Again, you love Resident Evil 5 which is infinitely worse than any game I like and totally destroys your credibility in game taste.

I don't "love" RE5. I said it is an excellent co-op game, which it is. Also, you love Resistance, you f*cking pleb. So no. Not even.

Resistance is better than RE5 in everything.

Better campaign - check

Better coop - check

Better competitive multiplayer - automatic check

The only thing RE5 does exceptionally well is sucking.

#23 Posted by DarkLink77 (31983 posts) -

[QUOTE="DarkLink77"][QUOTE="Master_ShakeXXX"]

Again, you love Resident Evil 5 which is infinitely worse than any game I like and totally destroys your credibility in game taste.

Master_ShakeXXX

I don't "love" RE5. I said it is an excellent co-op game, which it is. Also, you love Resistance, you f*cking pleb. So no. Not even.

Resistance is better than RE5 in everything.

Better campaign - check

Better coop - check

Better competitive multiplayer - automatic check

The only thing RE5 does exceptionally well is sucking.

Do you ever get tired of being wrong, Shake? :P
#24 Posted by Comduter (2274 posts) -

That's a shame. I love Supreme Commander 2 (one of my favorite games and an incredibly underrated one that deserved much more) and I was REALLY looking forward to Kings And Castles even though it was put on hold. Here's hoping that they pull though.

#25 Posted by Heil68 (48755 posts) -
Last game I got from them was Space Siege and it wasn't that great.
#26 Posted by ZombieKiller7 (6218 posts) -

No one cares.

#27 Posted by Lucianu (9666 posts) -

shaqseriouslybro.pngLost like two jobs and bounced right back. Didn't see anyone giving a f*k, and i still made it.

#28 Posted by musicalmac (23814 posts) -
There has to be a different way for entertainment developers in this business to support themselves.
#29 Posted by AcidSoldner (7051 posts) -
Damn, that sucks. Sunk a ton of hours into Dungeon Siege 1 & 2 and Supreme Commander. I even enjoyed Demi-God quite a bit. Funny, they just ended their contract working on Age of Empires Online for Microsoft Studios. Hmm...
#30 Posted by LegatoSkyheart (26747 posts) -

Probably knew about the pending changes to the company, and went ahead with the campaign anyways.

Another reason against Kickstarter- noble as its intended purpose may be, it's still not free of real world restrictions.

Gxgear

I'm pretty sure in his update video that the guy said he was taking a risk when he decided to go Kickstarter 4 days ago and today he realized that this probably wasn't going to work, so he layed off everyone but 2 guys and himself.

If the guy was taking a Risk by going to Kickstarter with a vague idea, I think they were already screwed.

He even mentions that if the campaign wasn't funded he would have to fire everyone anyway and lose his company of almost 15 years.

Kickstarter probably had no purge for this. If he didn't do the Kickstarter he probably would have done this. Gas Powered Games is probably going to be gone soon.

#31 Posted by arto1223 (4404 posts) -

No one cares.

ZombieKiller7

Pretty sure the people that lost their job and their families care...

#32 Posted by LegatoSkyheart (26747 posts) -

[QUOTE="ZombieKiller7"]

No one cares.

arto1223

Pretty sure the people that lost their job and their families care...

Not to mention the dude who owns the company. He seems pretty choked up about the whole ordeal.