612 Games’ Wild West Online just experienced some incredible luck recently, as a recent turn of events has resulted in the game securing additional funding and now it no longer needs crowdfunding. A screenshot from the game was mistaken as being a screenshot from the highly-anticipated Red Dead Redemption 2, which caused interest in Wild West Online to skyrocket.
This ended up being a great thing for 612 Games, as it caused the game’s original investors to step up their original pledges. As a result, the game now has all the funding it needs and will not need Kickstarter or an early access release. Of course, the developers of the game are absolutely thrilled about the recent turn of events, noting they have been overwhelmed by the response that has lead to over 200,000 site visits. The game’s creative vice president, Stephan Bugaj, said the following:
“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.”
The developer also released a statement announcing that all of the game’s stretch goals on Kickstarter will now be included with the game at launch, ensuring that the game will be as good as it can be. “In addition Wild West Online will now release with its previous stretch goals in place at launch, including female characters, rich role-playing and social activities such as card games, and localization. After launch 612 Games will release additional content and gameplay features as part of several expansions in order to continue delivering the ultimate Wild West experience on PC.”
While an official release date for Wild West Online hasn’t been revealed, the game will be getting alpha and beta tests this summer.