This New PC MMO Looks Like Red Dead Redemption And Sounds Cool

"We wanted to make this big, open Wild West world with a bit of a twist..."

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You might have seen an image circulating online yesterday that was rumored to be from Red Dead Redemption 2. As it turns out, this was a shot from Wild West Online, a new PC MMO that looks like Rockstar's celebrated western and is heading to Kickstarter later this month.

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Red Dead Redemption never came to PC, and Wild West Online aims to fill that void, it seems.

"There's an audience for this that just wasn't being served on PC," Stephan Bugaj, the creative vice president of publisher DJ2 told PC Gamer. "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."

The game is being developed by a new studio, 612 Games, whose staff worked on games like Crysis and League of Legends.

Wild West Online is a PvP MMO that will apparently go beyond what Red Dead Redemption's multiplayer had to offer. Players can choose a specialization (gatherer, prospector, farmer) and then put the resources they acquire into an economy system of sorts.

There is a law system in Wild West Online where those who commit crimes will earn wanted stars, like in Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto. Once enough infamy is built up, a bounty will be put on their head. Unlike Rockstar's games, however, Wild West Online only has player-versus-player battles; there won't be NPCs coming after you.

A Kickstarter campaign for Wild West Online is due to go up later this month (the game's website says a new reveal is coming May 26), asking for $250,000. The game's scope will grow if more money comes in; for example, at $1.75 million, 612 Games will introduce train robberies. A server-wide game mode that plays out once a week, train robberies sees a train travelling across the entire map, with one side tasked with defending it and the other with attacking it.

You can read PC Gamer's full story on Wild West Online here.

If all goes to plan, Wild West Online will come out later this year. As for Red Dead Redemption 2, which has been announced for Xbox One and PS4 but not PC, it's slated to launch later this year as well.

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