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Gas Powered Games cancels Wildman Kickstarter

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Chris Taylor has canceled the Kickstarter for Wildman and the future of Gas Powered Games is more uncertain than ever. The campaign was less than halfway to its $1.1 million dollar goal with just days remaining, and Taylor decided to pull the plug to pursue other avenues for the studio.

The developer has already gone through severe layoffs, and Taylor is visually and audibly subdued in the most recent video update. He makes it clear, however, that he does not expect the canceled campaign to mean the end for the studio he founded nearly 15 years ago.

"I've been working in the background to find other ways to keep Gas Powered Games running, Taylor said. "The trouble is, when you start doing things like that, you can't update people on it. You can't share information."

The nearly 10,000 backers who pledged toward the project may not have been enough to cover Wildman, but their show of support made other plans feasible, Taylor said. He hopes to reveal more about the next stage for the studio in coming weeks.

Either way, we'll soon see what's to become of the studio that brought us Dungeon Siege and Supreme Commander.

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5 comments

  • LordZarlon - February 11, 2013 6:35 p.m.

    HOW ABOUT A NEW SUPREME COMMANDER CHRIS!!!!! Jeez! I hate it when people in the entertainment industry act like they have no idea what their audience wants. I love Chris Taylor! I love his games. He is a likable guy and I want him and his studio to be successful. I just wish we could get a new Supreme Commander. I loved both the original and the sequel.
  • LongRusty_Monk - February 12, 2013 1:03 p.m.

    GPG doesnt own the intellectual property for Supreme Commander, Square Enix does. Meaning either they would have to allow GPG to make a new one or GPG would have to buy the IP outright from them, which they can ill afford if they needed a kickstarter campaign. All the IP's Chris and GPG have made are not owned by him, meaning for them to develop and publish this game it has to be a new idea as not to attract any law suits against them. I'd love a Supreme Commander 3, i loved 1 and liked 2 (changing how the economy worked wasnt a smart move) but it just wont happen anytime soon, or not at least with Chris at the helm "/
  • Tjwoods18 - February 11, 2013 5:20 p.m.

    Do they at least get their money back?
  • ZuzuPachulia - February 11, 2013 5:25 p.m.

    Yes, if a kickstarter is canceled or it does not meet its goal, all contributors get their money back.
  • Connor Sheridan - February 11, 2013 6:32 p.m.

    Yep! In fact, Kickstarter never actually took their money, as it only charges backers at the end of a successfully completed campaign.

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