During Gas Powered Games' Kickstarter campaign for action-RTS/RPG game Wildman, "a substantial number of the team" was laid off to avoid a situation where employees wouldn't receive severance pay if things didn't work out. Ultimately, they didn't -- Gas Powered has canceled the Wildman Kickstarter, it was revealed in an update today.
"At this point, it makes sense for us to focus our attention on other ways to keep Gas Powered Games running. Unfortunately, we are unable to share any specifics in public. When we have news to share, we will be posting it on our site. If you want status updates, or if you want to continue discussing Wildman and/or this Kickstarter, please consider migrating over to forums.gaspowered.com.
"We are profoundly grateful to those of you who backed this project and Gas Powered Games. Your passion and hard work put us in a position to write this exciting new chapter in the history of GPG," concludes the final update.
As unfortunate as this situation has been -- I thought the game showed promise, though clearly not enough people felt the same way -- it could have been even worse under different circumstances. At least this way, it was fairly clear Wildman wasn't going to work out, and the plug was pulled in advance. Here's hoping the studio can be salvaged.