The PC MMO That Looks Like Red Dead Redemption Announces A Big Change

The studio secured enough funding that Kickstarter/Steam Early Access won't be necessary for Wild West Online.


Wild West Online, the upcoming PC MMO that might remind you of Red Dead Redemption, was announced last week. It generated a lot of buzz, so much so that the game's initial investors have increased their investment in the project, meaning it won't come to Kickstarter as previously planned.

Additionally, there will not be a Steam Early Access version, developer 612 Games announced today. Wild West Online is scheduled to launch later this year.

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A closed beta will be held this summer, though there is no word yet on what will be in it or how players can get in. We'll report back with more details as they become available.

Additionally, Wild West Online features that were going to be stretch goals on Kickstarter are now included in the game at launch. This includes things like female characters, card games, and localization for other languages.

What's more, 612 Games said that it plans to launch new content and gameplay features for Wild West Online as part of "several" expansions coming to the game after launch.

"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," 612 Games chief creative officer Stephan Bugaj said in a statement. "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."

Finally, three new combat-focused screenshots for Wild West Online have been released. You can see them in the image gallery above.

Keep checking back with GameSpot for more on Wild West Online.

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