REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 14, 2013 — Acclaimed game developer Chris Taylor and his award winning Gas Powered Games® (GPG) team is ready to take you on a “walk on the wild side” with a brand new and unique gaming experience. Gas Powered Games today announced the development of Wildman™, a combination of an action role-playing game (RPG) and real-time strategy (RTS) game that could only come from the creative (and wild) mind of one of the industry’s  most entertaining figures.

Wildman will be funded with a Kickstarter campaign that also was announced today. The official Kickstarter page has a video interview with Taylor and members of the GPG team and includes information about the game including videos and some early artwork from the dev team. GPG has a goal of raising $1.1 million in pledges.

“Kickstarter and crowdfunding allows us to fundamentally change the way we develop games.  I’m thrilled that we are finally entering a new era of gaming, an era that allows collaboration and unprecedented levels of transparency with our customers,” says Taylor, creative director at GPG. “It allows us to work together as a team, create games more efficiently and direct our energy at the things that the players care about most.”

The GPG team has a long history of making successful RPG and RTS games such as Dungeon SiegeSupreme Commander and Demigod™. And the team will be pulling some of the best features from each of them to create the unique Wildman experience that is a combination of both popular genres.

Imagine a game where you control a single hero unit—the “Wildman”—in the middle of a raging battle between opposing forces in a specially designed War Zone. You engage the enemy and see your opponent switching tactics, forcing you to reconfigure your army to counter. You push the enemy back to their base before facing your opponent’s champion. Over the course of this battle, you upgrade your armies with new technology, execute special abilities, construct defenses, change your army composition, and shape-shift into new forms that grant you new abilities. This is Wildman.

Now imagine that between these War Zone battles you can go on role-playing adventures. You can explore fantastical environments. You can discover ancient dungeons full of mystery and treasure. You can earn new skills. You can discover and equip new weapons and armor. You can collect materials. You can craft new items. You can fight relentless onslaughts of men and monsters. This is also Wildman.

“Wildman takes the elements that we’ve crafted over the years with our action role-playing games and combines them with the things we love about real-time strategy,” said Taylor. “It’s original, it’s unique and we think our fans will embrace this new approach. And if you like what you are seeing and hearing about the game, we hope you’ll back us on Kickstarter.”

Wildman will release as a PC only product. It will be single player game that includes co-op multiplayer play modes. For more information on the game go to www.wildmangame.com. The official Kickstarter page for Wildman is located at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gaspoweredgames/wildman-an-evolutionary-action-rpg.

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