612 games is probably a studio you may not have heard of, but it’s made up of industry vets who’ve worked on games like League of Legends, Crysis, Ryse, Neverwinter Nights, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Star Trek Online. Their first big game is Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) game, Wild West Online, a game very much in the vein of Red Dead Redemption. Sure, you could say, why, because they are both westerns? Perhaps, but I think the look, feel and attitude also play a part in that comparison.
A few months ago the team teased the game with pictures, some of which are below, but now we have a gameplay teaser from Stephan, the Executive Producer of the game. Stephan takes players quickly through the customization of your character, shows how easy it is to get around, without getting lost and just the splendor of walking around in the environment and of course, accepting and completing a bounty hunt.
The game is coming to PC, with no release or plans for consoles… sorry console gamers. For those of you with a PC, you can pre-order the game now and get into the Alpha and Beta, both which will happen this year. If you do pre-order, the devs are giving away some exclusive content, like skins for your saddle, horse and weapons, but that offer ends on July 20th. The devs are also really forgiving with their “No Fuss refund policy.” Basically, if you pony up (pun intended) money for the game, but feel that the game isn’t living up to the hype or you satisfaction, you can get a full refund, prior to entering the second alpha. If you exit before that starts, you get all your dough returned. Can’t argue with that, you’ll get a shot to test it out, see how it feels and if it’s not your bag, get your cash back.
There are three options when pre-ordering, $19.99, $39.99 and $59.99. With the base level or Townie option, you get a Steam key upon release and access to the closed Beta with 100 storage spaces. For the mid-level or Pioneer package, you get a steam key, access to the closed beta and closed alphas events as well as 250 treasury notes (aka cash), 250 storage slots, 10 garment bags, 5 gun engraving stencils and 1 small land plot deed. As for the top tier or Collector package, you get access to everything, starting with a steam key, access to the closed beta, closed alpha events, early access to the closed beta and early access to the game prior to release. On top of that, you get $1,250 in treasury notes, 500 storage slots, 25 garment bags, 10 engraving stencils, 2 small land plots and 1 large land plot deed. That’s not bad for only $59, but keep in mind, that offer is DONE on July 20th and they will not offer those specials again.
This game is already generating a lot of buzz, as it started as a Kickstarter project, but the devs pulled the game off Kickstarter abruptly, as they said they received enough money from a “mysterious” investor who fully funded the game. So apparently, the game has legs, enough to make some millionaire or company very excited about it’s potential. I can’t lie, I’m very excited for this game and plan to purchase the Collector’s package.
With Red Dead Redemption being delayed until the first quarter of next year, Wild West Online has the genre all to itself. In a market saturated with medieval-fantasy and space setting MMOs, WWO is a breath of fresh air and has the chance to disrupt the MMO market space.
You can sign up for news on the game at 619 Games website for Wild West Online, here: PlayWWO.com