Free-to-play MMO developer and publisher Wargaming (World of Tanks and World of Warplanes) has come to the rescue of Gas Powered Games (Total Annihilation and Dungeon Siege) , who looked like it might go out of business just a few days ago after it canceled a Kickstarter campaign for its game Wildman - the success of which founder Chris Taylor categorized as vital to the company's future survival. Wargaming bought the Seattle-Washington-based developer of such hit franchises as Dungeon Siege, Supreme Commander and Demigod for an undisclosed amount of money.
Gas Powered Games joins Wargaming's other studio family that includes Chicago-based Day 1 Studios and MMO middleware provider Big World Pty Ltd."Gas Powered Games' heritage and development pedigree shows us just how valuable an addition Chris and his company will make to the Wargaming family," said Victor Kislyi, CEO of Wargaming. "Gas Powered Games has a long track record of providing incredibly engaging AAA gaming experiences and we can't wait to start working with them.""Wargaming growth in recent years has been tremendous, and we're looking forward to joining one of the fastest growing gaming companies in the world," added Chris Taylor, CEO of Gas Powered Games. "I'm sure our experience and expertise will help us contribute even more to Wargaming's global success."Wargaming did not reveal what it plans on having Gas Powered Games work on in the interim, though one would hope that Wildman, which did manage to generate $500,000 worth of interest on Kickstarter, would continue to be developed. We'll have more on this story as it develops.