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zmeul #1 Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:21 PM

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Wargaming Acquires Gas Powered Games


Veteran developer Chris Taylor and company to join Wargaming’s global family

February 14, 2013 — Wargaming, the leading free-to-play MMO developer and publisher, today announced its agreement to acquire Seattle-based developer Gas Powered Games, the maker of memorable and critically acclaimed franchises such as Dungeon Siege, Supreme Commander and Demigod.

Wargaming will take full ownership of Gas Powered Games, bringing into its fold a contingent of veteran developers, including CEO and company founder Chris Taylor. The acquisition will further bolster Wargaming’s push into multiplatform expansion, including the recent acquisition announcement of 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.”

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About Wargaming

Wargaming is an award-winning online game developer and publisher and one of the leaders in the free-to-play MMO market. Founded as a privately held company in 1998, Wargaming has shipped more than 15 titles and employs over 1400 people across such key regions as North America, Europe, Russia, Asia, and Australia.
Currently, Wargaming is focused on its team-based MMO war series dedicated to mid-20th century warfare that will include the company's flagship armored MMO World of Tanks, launched in April 2011 and currently boasting 50 million players worldwide, the flight combat World of Warplanes, named one of the most anticipated MMOs, and the naval World of Warships, both scheduled for release in 2013.
In June 2012, Wargaming announced the Wargaming.net Service, the epicenter of the online battle gaming universe that will gather the series under a single portal — www.wargaming.net.
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About Gas Powered Games

Gas Powered Games was founded in May 1998 by acclaimed game designer and industry visionary, Chris Taylor. The founding principle for GPG was to create immersive AAA games that push the boundaries of interactive entertainment.
The company's first project, Dungeon Siege, was released in April 2002, and its sequel, Dungeon Siege II was released in August 2005. Both games were critical and commercial successes, selling in excess of 1.7 million copies. Other games in the Dungeon Siege franchise include Dungeon Siege: Throne of Agony for the PSP (developed cooperatively with SuperVillian Studios) and Dungeon Siege II: Deluxe Edition.

GPG followed the success of Dungeon Siege with Supreme Commander, a revolutionary RTS game that has been hailed by critics for its innovative gameplay, Strategic Zoom and streamlined Command & Control system. Supreme Commander received numerous Editors' Choice awards and went on to critical and commercial success.

Recent and current projects include Space Siege, Demigod, and Supreme Commander 2.

With its office in the Pacific Northwest, GPG is a short distance from Seattle, Washington, and currently employs some of the industry's best designers, programmers, writers and artists.a

war4peace #2 Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:26 PM

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Wow! That's news right there.
I have played Demigod, Dungeon Siege (1, Legends of Aranna and 2; 3 was horrible). Didn't really like SUpreme Commander because it was hitting 2 GB memory limit fast and crashed like crazy. But GPG were a good gaming dev company.
Let's see what comes out of that.

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Wargaming Acquires Gas Powered Games

And this belongs into Gameplay Discussions? Without any kind of explanations? Well done...

JayJay4466 #4 Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:29 PM

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That's very interesting indeed.

Gas Powered Games used to have a very close association with Stardock- a company that I've got a lot of time for in terms of how they communicate with, and listen to, their player-base. They also make very good games!

Will be interesting to see what WG do with them.

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View PostJayJay4466, on 14 February 2013 - 05:29 PM, said:

Will be interesting to see what WG do with them.
the SupCom series is very dear to me, I hope to GOD WG doesn't do anything foolish to it
turning it into some horrible f2p MMORTS comes to mind

CroustibatFR #6 Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:32 PM

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Interesting. GPG is also known for making quite good AIs ... maybe we will get some real bots from WG to play with/against.

Anunzi #7 Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:33 PM

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Interesting, thanks for sharing :)

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View Postzmeul, on 14 February 2013 - 05:31 PM, said:

the SupCom series is very dear to me, I hope to GOD WG doesn't do anything foolish to it
turning it into some horrible f2p MMORTS comes to mind

I've got both of them, plus add-ons, and there isn't really anything else like them out there. Brilliant if you could juggle all the balls in the air at once!

Where WG is concerned, I can see the progression from Order of War (an "ok" WW2 RTS) to WoT, so your words might well turn out to be quite prophetic!

Tamcia #9 Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:35 PM

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Original SC and FA. SC2 - kill it with fire crap.

Hope the true SC spirit is revived.

Sultan0fswing #10 Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:37 PM

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So WG is just another EA business?

Edited by Sultan0fswing, 14 February 2013 - 05:38 PM.


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View PostJayJay4466, on 14 February 2013 - 05:34 PM, said:

Where WG is concerned, I can see the progression from Order of War (an "ok" WW2 RTS) to WoT, so your words might well turn out to be quite prophetic!
I'm quite concerned because, as I recall, WG stated RTSes are a dead genre and they will aim at online games only

View PostTamcia, on 14 February 2013 - 05:35 PM, said:

Original SC and FA. SC2 - kill it with fire crap.
agreed with this, SupCom2 wasn't that good
they even ported it to consoles

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View PostTamcia, on 14 February 2013 - 05:35 PM, said:

Original SC and FA. SC2 - kill it with fire crap.

Hope the true SC spirit is revived.

Did you play the second one after the big patch?

They reverted the resources/building system back to how it was in the first one, which was the biggest complaint if I remember right.

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View Postzmeul, on 14 February 2013 - 05:39 PM, said:

I'm quite concerned because, as I recall, WG stated RTSes are a dead genre and they will aim at online games only

He He! I'd imagine Relic and Creative Assembly might have something to say about that!

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GPG is dead now. GPG will do the dirty work of porting games for WG.
GPG is a ten times better developer than WG, when you look at the published games.
Good for the people working at GPG, and thats about it.

WG may be rich now, because of WoT, but WoWP will be an utter failure compared to WT. And we haven't seen anything from WOBS.

conductiv #15 Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:42 PM

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yup I have played dungeon siege (1+2) aswell, awesome games.

seen dungeon siege 3 on my brothers PC, that one was food for the trash bin right away. but that one wasn't developed by gas-powerd games.

"supreme commander" (at least if I have the proper game in my mind) wasn't a fun game, originally claiming to be the successor from the in my eyes very popular "total annihilation", it missed all the critical elements that made is predecessor so much fun (but TA was made by "cavedog" to my knowledge.). I'm amazed they actually have a successor in the works.

never heard of a game called "demigod"

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View PostSultan0fswing, on 14 February 2013 - 05:37 PM, said:

So WG is just another EA business?

OUCH!! lol dude, watch those claws they're sharp

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View PostJayJay4466, on 14 February 2013 - 05:41 PM, said:

He He! I'd imagine Relic and Creative Assembly might have something to say about that!
Don't forget Paradox!


Also I happen to have Dungeon Siege 2 installed right here. I don't exactly know how i feel about this news.

Edited by exauroura, 14 February 2013 - 07:00 PM.


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View Postexauroura, on 14 February 2013 - 06:57 PM, said:

I don't exactly know how i feel about this news.
not exactly warm and fuzzy, isn't it :Smile_mellow:

tadada #19 Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:49 PM

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the backstreet boys of gaming bought a jazz orchestra.

will there be jazz or BS resulting? rhetoric question.

Edited by tadada, 14 February 2013 - 08:50 PM.


DasNiveau #20 Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:54 PM

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WoT/Total Annihilation clone comming?
That would be great.
Chris Taylor formed a good part of my childhood.

T:A forever xD

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