Gas Powered Games Situation Improves, Wildman Kickstarter Looks Good

A few days ago, it was revealed that Gas Powered Games had laid off much of its staff, leaving only a skeleton crew to run the company. The studio’s CEO Chris Taylor said that the fate of the company hinged upon the success of its Kickstarter campaign for Wildman, a new action RPG which seeks $1.1m for its development. Taylor asked the public whether he should continue the Wildman Kickstarter or simply close shop.

In an interview with Polygon, Chris Taylor said that the situation has vastly improved, as many new backers joined in support of the company after word of its situation had surfaced. The company’s not out of the woods yet, but things are certainly looking a lot better.

“I don’t want to make any assumptions at this point, but things look much better, and I think it’s still going to be a long road ahead, but we’re prepared to work very hard to make this happen,” he said.

“I’m already making phone calls and setting up meetings to talk to key people about coming back, to see the campaign through. At least now, everyone has their eyes wide open, no surprises.”

Taylor also admitted that the Kickstarter would help to save the company—which is just as important as getting the game made.

“It never occurred to me that the industry would rally like it did, and that people would then invest, not only in Wildman, but in helping me to save GPG and the team (in fact, it’s probably the other way around, and I think the Kickstarter has become about saving a company and the game is a distant second),” Taylor said.

Thus far, the Kickstarter has managed to accumulate $265k in donations and appears to be steadily on the way towards meeting its goal.

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