By Joel McCabe / January 19th, 2013
The destiny of an “evolutionary Action RPG” title. The future of a Kickstarter campaign. The hope of a company, Gas Powered Games, is entirely in the hands of its investors; you, the gaming public. Your voice is all that keeps this project from being destroyed, ending the efforts of over four dozen hard-working people.
After layoffs that have whittled the original team at GPG down to less than a handful, CEO Chris Taylor has left an emotional video update on the campaign’s Kickstarter page regarding the ‘painful decision,’ noting that his hopes are for only a temporary separation with his team.
Explaining his actions, Chris stated in his video update, “I felt that it was a crazy idea, in this economy, to gamble with… to play a card game with their livelihoods, is not smart.” It appears that this decision was the proverbial rock-and-hard-place scenario, where Mr. Taylor bluntly states that without confirmed funding from this campaign, Gas Powered Games would even cease to exist, especially with the number of staff they had before the layoffs. Not to mention the potential loss of what appears to be a beautifully-crafted PC title.
Therefore, the cards are all on the table for this situation, and there is a new request, not for funding, but for support into salvation: Chris Taylor is asking the fans, the contributors, and the followers of the Wildman campaign if it should even continue. He is asking for honest opinion in comments whether this campaign, and perhaps his fifteen-year-old history in games, has some silver lining of hope, or if it has come to an end. This is the team that gave us games like Dungeon Siege, Supreme Commander, Total Annihilation… and now their fate, their future is in our hands. We are the judge. We are the jury. And only the gaming community can say if we are the executioner.
Now is the time for our voices to be heard. Visit this link to make your judgement known.
Special thanks to S. Broida for the tip.
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