Chris Taylor, the leader of developer Gas Powered Games, has announced that it is closing down its Kickstarter crowd-funding effort for the Wildman title and that it is looking at other ways it can save the company.
An official update on the Kickstarter page
reads: “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.”
It adds, “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.”
There were just four more days left on the Kickstarter clock for Wildman
and the game was only halfway to its ambitious 1.1 million dollars goal (850,000 Euro).
The company would have suffered a blow if the Kickstarter had failed to get the resources it asked for and that means canceling the process is a way for it to save appearances and look for new options.
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Wildman was supposed to mix real-time strategy and role-playing game elements, allowing gamers to take control of a character and guide him through human history, gaining access to new traits and new technologies and defeating enemies in order to progress.
Chris Taylor has previously stated that the fate of Gas Powered Games depends on the success of Wildman and already let a number of employees off to ease the financial burden of the company.
Apparently, the project has attracted attention from a number of traditional publishers and the end of the Kickstarter project might be a sign that negotiations are progressing well.