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Gas Powered Games may be renamed Wargaming Seattle, working on a free-to-play MMO

"It's not a publisher acquiring a developer," Taylor said in an interview with Polygon. "It's a developer acquiring a developer [...] There was a 99 percent overlap in terms of company culture, genre choices, and leadership." Taylor said his company has tentatively been renamed "Wargaming Seattle," adding, "That's not 100 percent sure, but it's not a bad thing to say." Though the team is still very early into designing its first game under the Wargaming banner, Taylor confirmed that it will be a "free-to-play, triple-A MMO with PvP," in keeping with the model of other popular Wargaming titles such as World of Tanks. He said that Wildman, the game he had attempted to fund through Kickstarter, is no longer in development. Taylor expects to be ready to talk about the new project in a few...

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Wargaming acquires Wildman developer Gas Powered Games

Wargaming.net, the studio behind massively multiplayer military games World of Tanks, World of Warplanes and World of Warships, acquired Gas Powered Games, the financially troubled studio that earlier this week canceled its Kickstarter campaign for Wildman, according to a press release from Wargaming. "Gas Powered Games' heritage and development pedigree shows us just how valuable an addition Chris and his company will make to the Wargaming family," said Victor Kislyi, Wargaming's CEO. "Gas Powered Games has a long track record of providing incredibly engaging AAA gaming experiences and we can't wait to start working with them." Late last year, Microsoft announced that Gas Powered Games would no longer be developing content for Age of Empires Online. Within weeks, the developer behind...

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Kickstarter is wearing itself out, says Gas Powered Games CEO

Gas Powered Games CEO Chris Taylor is "a little more on the cynical side" when it comes to Kickstarter and thinks the platform is "starting to wear itself out," VentureBeat reports. Taylor recently spoke at the Casual Connect event in Europe, where he touched on the company's experience with recently canceled Kickstarter, Wildman. "It's a numbers game," Taylor said. "Someone has lightning in a bottle. This business is really, really tough. It's turning into a lottery business, unless you work 12 hours a day, seven days a week and study gaming for decades." According to Taylor, the "heyday" of gamemaking has passed. "There was a heyday in the 1990s where you could burst in the door of a publisher and you could get a contract," Taylor said. "You blew your budget anyway, and they dealt...

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Wildman Kickstarter canceled, developer to focus on keeping Gas Powered Games running

Gas Powered Games' Kickstarter drive to fund action-RPG Wildman has been canceled, according an update from the developer. "At this point, it makes sense for us to focus our attention on other ways to keep Gas Powered Games running," reads an update from the company. "Unfortunately, we are unable to share any specifics in public. When we have news to share, we will be posting it on our site." The Chris Taylor-led Gas Powered Games had just four days left to go on its Wildman Kickstarter, but was more than $590,000 short of its $1.1 million goal. More than 9,300 backers had committed to $504,120 in donations toward Wildman's development before the developer pulled the plug. Gas Powered (Supreme Commander, Dungeon Siege) announced Wildman and its intentions to fund the game through...

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Wildman Kickstarter update introduces viewers to Kevin Pun’s concept art

The latest Kickstarter update for Gas Powered Games' Wildman offers a look at how concept artist Kevin "The Punisher" Pun creates his illustrations. Pun walks through the work involved in conceptualizing a jungle, from early ideas and casual brainstorming to fully illustrated art. You can watch the video above or check out the update with illustrations here. Additionally, Gas Powered Games engineer Bruce Bjorklund is holding daily Q&A sessions on Twitch.Tv at 8 p.m. ET. The Wildman campaign will end on Friday, Feb. 15. Currently, more than $465,000 of the $1.1 million goal has been raised. Polygon previously reported that if successful, the campaign could also save the company itself.

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Gas Powered Games holding live Q&A today, will stream progress daily until campaign ends

Developer Gas Powered Games will host live streams every weekday until the Kickstarter campaign for its RTS role-playing game Wildman ends on Feb. 15, CEO Chris Taylor announced in an update to the game's Kickstarter page. Weekdays at 8 p.m. ET, associate engineer Bruce Bjorklund will host a live stream on the Gas Powered Games Twitch channel. Bjorklund has hosted previous streams for Wildman in which he took questions from viewers. Gas Powered Games will host another live Q&A session on its Twitch channel today at 4 p.m. ET. The developer also posted two videos to the Kickstarter page showing Wildman's Windows-based map editor. In one video, designer Brian Sturm walks viewers through creating individual pieces of terrain and how the map building software connects them at specific...

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Wildman developer explains the difficulties of RTS design on a crowdfunded budget

Gas Powered Games founder Chris Taylor tackles fan questions relating to the studio's currently in-development Wildman RPG, offering an explanation as to why the studio didn't attempt to create a pure real-time strategy game to appeal to its fanbase who enjoyed the likes of Supreme Commander and Total Annihilation. According to Taylor, it comes down to an issue of money. The cost of creating a legitimate and large-scale RTS is far higher than what is needed to fund the action RPG Wildman, while the crowdfunding model the team adopted fits the development of RPGs more comfortably, he says. "Wildman is a different game in that we can actually start at one part of the game and start building it over time, and it just fits the development model of working with the community, crowdfunding,...

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Roam throws you into a base-building zombie wasteland on PC and Mac

Former Gas Powered Games developer Ryan Sharr is teaming up with colleague Zach Barson to develop a new zombie-centric base-building title, Roam, which they hope to fund through a $40,000 Kickstarter campaign. The isometric strategy title throws the player into a zombie-filled wasteland where they must scavenge for supplies to build up a base and defend themselves from continued waves of undead hordes. Every stage of the game is procedurally-generated, increasing in difficulty over time. NPCs will react to choices the player makes throughout, while zombies can mutate and increase in strength. Bandits are another danger, as they can raid the player's supplies. The game also offers RPG-like elements, allowing the player to recruit or dismiss NPCs for their base and customize gear and...

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Wildman developer demonstrates new mod tool and platform Project Mercury

Gas Powered Games' Chris Taylor gives a demonstration of the studio's mod tool and web platform, Project Mercury, in the latest Kickstarter update for the struggling Wildman action RPG. The development suite, which Taylor refers to as an "infinite desktop," is "like having a warehouse that's infinitely big. You never put anything away," he says. "You can manage space. It's all just always there." Taylor goes on to describe that its user can leave the desktop at the office, then log in to access his desktop remotely from home as the system is 100 percent persistent. Project Mercury is also compatible with dual monitors. "This is not something that we can take too much credit for," Taylor goes on to say. "This is the power of HTML5." Taylor also demonstrates in depth how users can mod...

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Wildman video explains how to fit an RTS into an action RPG, dev adds new Kickstarter tiers

A developer diary released Friday for Wildman takes viewers through the process of creating the action role-paying game/real-time strategy hybrid from Gas Powered Games. Check out the video above to see Gas Powered Games' CEO Chris Taylor explain how the game's systems will intertwine. Pencil in hand, he starts with a blank canvas and sketches out the theories behind characters, skills and systems you'd expect to see in an RPG. Talylor also explains Wildman's "technology" system, which allows players to build and level up components like weapons, armor, magic with the RTS-like system. Along with releasing the video, Gas Powered Games added two new pledge tiers to the Kickstarter campaign. The $5 tier will give posting privileges to Wildman blog, while the $10 tier includes access to a...

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