The developers wanted to fulfil an unfulfilled desire.
Wild West Online definitely looks interesting. A lot of people are on the fence about it, while still others are eagerly looking forward to playing it, but there’s no denying that the idea of having an MMO set in an open world wild west is an interesting one. Whether or not it can be properly executed is an entirely different question. Obviously, given its setting, a great deal of people having been comparing the game to Red Dead Redemption, and Wild West Online’s own developer seems to have confirmed that the game was indeed an influence on them.
Stefan Bugaj recently spoke with IGN and confirmed that the idea for the game was influenced by HBO’s newest wild west TV show, Westworld, as well as by the lack of a PC version for Red Dead Redemption 2. “We were inspired by Westworld and the impending not-coming-to-PC Red Dead Redemption 2,” Bugaj said. “Westerns started coming back. So we thought [the game] would fill a fun unfulfilled gaming desire in the community.”
There’s no denying that there is indeed a market for well-made western games on all platforms, PC included. However, it seems unlikely that a PC version of Red Dead Redemption 2 will never be released. We recently wrote a report about this. You can read about it here.