Published on February 21st, 2013 | by Adam Lee
Wildman Extinct, Gas Powered Games Evolves
Four days from Wildman’s Kickstarter deadline and only 50% complete, Gas Powered Games CEO Chris Taylor decided to yank the plug. As I mentioned the last time Taylor got all flustered, I thought the panic set in a little too early. The big money tends to roll in the last few days, and his eagerness to throw in the towel was concerning at best. Though raising half a million before “redirecting efforts elsewhere” is probably easier for spin doctors to work with.
Anyhow, here’s the officially sexed-up version:
We have some news today. We are cancelling the Wildman Kickstarter.
At this point, it makes sense for us to focus our attention on other ways to keep Gas Powered Games running. Unfortunately, we are unable to share any specifics in public. When we have news to share, we will be posting it on our site. If you want status updates, or if you want to continue discussing Wildman and/or this Kickstarter, please consider migrating over to forums.gaspowered.com.
We are profoundly grateful to those of you who backed this project and Gas Powered Games. Your passion and hard work put us in a position to write this exciting new chapter in the history of GPG.”
I’ll be honest, publicly laying off half your staff and asking if you should continue doesn’t show much confidence in your product, but the game showed enough potential for me to maintain my unrealistic optimism. However brave reader, my sleuthing has revealed that’s far from the end of the story. Wargaming, the developer behind World of Tanks (and planes…and ships), issued a happy little press release stating they’ve agreed to acquire Gas Powered Games in its entirety, including the sensitive soul of Chris Taylor.
Rather than engaging in my customary dance of joy, I read through the fine print, chewing on my pipe and “pip-pipping” to my imaginary colleague Watson. You see, Day 1 Studios – makers of Fear 3, and BigWorld – an MMO middleware developer, have also been snapped up, leaving Wargaming with a pretty strong backbone of coders and developers.
Polygon prodded for further info and Taylor responded with:
“Being welcomed into the Wargaming family is a truly exciting and defining moment for Gas Powered Games. I founded this company on the idea that we were going to develop truly AAA gaming experiences and we look forward to following this path with our newfound colleagues, who share that same commitment. To everyone in the game industry and to everyone who has been a fan of Gas Powered Games through the years, I truly thank each and every one of you for your support. I can’t quite talk about what we’ll be working on as our first project, but rest assured, once we have more to share, you will all hear about it.”
He appears steadfast in his commitment, but whether he’ll be able to adapt to such a contrasting mentality is another thing entirely. Quite how Gas Powered fit into Wargaming’s “total war” master plan to link World of Tanks / Warplanes / Warships into one mega MMO shooty thing is something of a mystery at present. After all, this is a company who take a significantly different approach than Taylor is used to. Could Wildman be getting the big-budget treatment? Hopefully we’ll hear more about their plans soon, although if it’s called “World of Men” I’ll be very disappointed.