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Lead & Gold Pre-Orders Open, Play The Beta Now

Pre-order the wild west shooter now to start playing right away.

Fatshark's Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West opened up for pre-orders on Steam today, and if you "pre-order" the game, they'll let you start playing it--well, a beta version of the game, anyway--right away.

In case you forgot, L&G is a class-based third-person shooter set in the Wild West. Fatshark brought it out our way a little earlier this year, and we managed to have a heck of a time playing it. So I went ahead and placed my pre-order already.

The game will leave its beta status behind on April 8 on the PC, at which time the 10 percent per-order discount will evaporate, leaving behind a full price of $14.99. Console versions of the game are also in development, though no specific release date has been given.

We'll probably be taking an expedient glance at the beta next week, so stay tuned for that. Jeff Gerstmann on Google+
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Posted by Jeff
Fatshark's Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West opened up for pre-orders on Steam today, and if you "pre-order" the game, they'll let you start playing it--well, a beta version of the game, anyway--right away.

In case you forgot, L&G is a class-based third-person shooter set in the Wild West. Fatshark brought it out our way a little earlier this year, and we managed to have a heck of a time playing it. So I went ahead and placed my pre-order already.

The game will leave its beta status behind on April 8 on the PC, at which time the 10 percent per-order discount will evaporate, leaving behind a full price of $14.99. Console versions of the game are also in development, though no specific release date has been given.

We'll probably be taking an expedient glance at the beta next week, so stay tuned for that.
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Posted by JJWeatherman

But I don't wanna pre-order it!
 
Lookin' forward to the QL.

Posted by ajamafalous

Expedient Glance would be a pretty good name for a video feature.

Posted by ZGoon

Sweet! I can't wait for the XBL version..

Posted by shadowwolf9

Ugh, i want to try it out. No pre-order for me though

Posted by ToxicFruit

I took the leap of fate and  pre-ordered  can maybe tell you people what it is like later !

Posted by DoctorWelch

This game sorta reminds me of team fortress for some reason. That combined with the fact that its only 15 bucks makes me kinda wanna get it. I'll wait to see the QL of it though.

Posted by buzz_killington

Looking forward to the PS3 version.

Posted by KnifeySpoony

I'm intrigued, and it's cheap. Will wait for the coverage next week to decide I suppose.

Posted by Nonentity

Nice. This is a total no-brainer impulse buy for me.

Posted by Metiphis

Pre-ordered, I remember being very interested by the gameplay videos that I watched a while back.

Posted by ZeroCast

The March madness continues!

Posted by SaturdayNightSpecials

That's tempting. That's really tempting. 
 
I'll watch the Expedient Glance next week and maybe pre-purchase.

Posted by McSmunions

third person shooters on PC, i've actually never played one. should i get this on the 360 instead or Steam?

Posted by Peewi

As interesting as it seems, I've got enough multiplayer games already.
Posted by Daryl

Rather have a demo so I can see if it actually works before I waste money on it. I'll wait for the X360 release. 

Posted by Lambert

No demo, no buy.

Posted by DannyJ
@McSmunions said:
" third person shooters on PC, i've actually never played one. should i get this on the 360 instead or Steam? "
Battlefield Heroes was 3rd Person, but it sucked horribly, even for a free game
Posted by JoelTGM

Cool if the beta looks good I'll preorder it.

Posted by Milkman

Ah, yes, an expedient glance. My favorite.

Posted by aurahack

I've no clue what an "expedient glance" is, but a Quick Look would be killer!

Posted by MattyFTM

I'm tempted. I really want a new shooter, and can't really afford a full price game. But I'd rather have a modern military shooter instead of a wild west shooter. I dunno. I'll think about it.

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Posted by MAST

I want this, but I want it on a console, not the PC. I wonder if there is any information on when it gets released on PSN/XBLA?

Posted by l3illyl3ob

I'm downloading the beta right now, this game looks great.

Posted by crusnchill

I already have team fortress 2 on both the PC and Xbox 360, and this's basically that, so thanks. But I already have too much money going on games this year as it is.
 
It does look great though...

Posted by Hamz

Kind of interested, anyone able to give a quick heads up on how the game is playing in beta? Too many times I've ended up buying smaller, lesser known titles and getting my fingers burnt with them. Somewhat reluctant to pre-order a game I've heard so little about, a game that could arguably end up being a graveyard online too.

Edited by EvilAl

Preordered this and have been playing the beta for the last few hours, the game is a lot of fun. 
 
things I like most so far are:
 
The games art style is really cool, nice and colorful and runs well on my PC
 
There are some cool special moves for each class, like the gunslinger can do a close range rapid fire barrage or the sniper can lay traps.
 
There's a flag that a member of your team can pick up letting you spawn on them, helps a lot when you are pushing to capture points. It also saved me when I was outnumbered a few times.
 
Definitely worth the 13.50 I paid for it.

Posted by l3illyl3ob
@crusnchill said:
" I already have team fortress 2 on both the PC and Xbox 360, and this's basically that, so thanks. But I already have too much money going on games this year as it is.  It does look great though... "
This is a misconception that needs to go away.  The art style and advertising campaign are both extremely similar to Team Fortress 2.  However, once you get into game, they're worlds apart.  Like, they're not even remotely similar in any way.  L&G and TF2 have about the same in common as MW2 and TF2 do.
Posted by captain_clayman

AWWWWW i wish my PC could run it.

Posted by Linkyshinks

I'm looking forward to this.

Posted by WinterSnowblind

I dislike this trend of using the term "beta" inplace of "demo".
The game's out in little over three weeks and they're going to take the data they recieve from the beta and make changes with it before the game ships?
 
I also don't see why you need to pre-order to get in..  Those that pre-order are clearly already interested enough to get the game, where as people who'd rather wait and try it out first, get nothing.  Good job on building excitement for the game guys.

Edited by crusnchill
@l3illyl3ob said:

" @crusnchill said:

" I already have team fortress 2 on both the PC and Xbox 360, and this's basically that, so thanks. But I already have too much money going on games this year as it is.  It does look great though... "

This is a misconception that needs to go away.  The art style and advertising campaign are both extremely similar to Team Fortress 2.  However, once you get into game, they're worlds apart.  Like, they're not even remotely similar in any way.  L&G and TF2 have about the same in common as MW2 and TF2 do. "
I understand, but the fact that the marketing makes it look so much like TF2 is probably not a good idea, because if I, as a "hardcore gamer", didn't notice the difference then the "leisure gamer" certainly won't, and will skip it because he's/she's already got TF2.
Ah well... I'll probably just get it in the next christmas sale or something. Like I said before, "I already have too much money going on games this year as it is."
 
Hope you enjoy it though. :-)
 
@MattyFTM said:
" I'm tempted. I really want a new shooter, and can't really afford a full price game. But I'd rather have a modern military shooter instead of a wild west shooter. I dunno. I'll think about it. "

Dude! COD4, MW2, Battlefield: BC2 are all really proficient at being Modern shooters, why would you need more right now?
Posted by Teppoudama

If they baked in full Steamworks support then it's an easy purchase for me, otherwise I'll wait for a sale.

Posted by raiz265

just 13€... i'm gonna try it, looks fun

Posted by SunKing

Pre-order the game for the privilage of testing it for us! Bargain!

Posted by thecleric
@SunKing said:
" Pre-order the game for the privilage of testing it for us! Bargain! "
Blame all the idiots who accept it. Beta now means 'We want to charge for a demo, but need a new name to call it. Let's use 'closed beta', even if it's taken already'
Posted by cyrax
@DannyJ said:
" @McSmunions said:
" third person shooters on PC, i've actually never played one. should i get this on the 360 instead or Steam? "
Battlefield Heroes was 3rd Person, but it sucked horribly, even for a free game "
Not in my experience. I hop on for a round every once in a while.
Posted by schtoor
@McSmunions:  Go Steam!
Posted by dhuff

Preordered last night. LOVE IT. It's Team Fortress 2 for people who aren't good at TF2! I'm sure it's fun for the good players too.

Posted by ch3burashka
@dhuff said:
" Preordered last night. LOVE IT. It's Team Fortress 2 for people who aren't good at TF2! I'm sure it's fun for the good players too. "
That's my problem with it: it's not offering anything new. I do not expect every game to blow me away, but I see no reason to choose it over TF2 or any other game in my Steam games list.
Posted by AllThatBacon

For just $13, it (well, the beta) is tons o' fun. Well worth playing if you're interested in a Wild West class-based shooter.

Posted by Babylonian
@ajamafalous said:
" Expedient Glance would be a pretty good name for a video feature. "
This is a true thing.
Posted by Slaneesh
@Babylonian said:
" @ajamafalous said:
" Expedient Glance would be a pretty good name for a video feature. "
This is a true thing. "
its true that this is a true thing.
Posted by darkvare

i thought it was a downloadable game

Posted by Jack_Daniels

I never liked TF2 over TFC so I bought this and am giving it a shot. Looks pretty sweet.

Edited by spanjoar
@thecleric said:

" @SunKing said:

" Pre-order the game for the privilage of testing it for us! Bargain! "

Blame all the idiots who accept it. Beta now means 'We want to charge for a demo, but need a new name to call it. Let's use 'closed beta', even if it's taken already' "
That's just stupid. You pay for the FULL game and unitl it is released - you get to play the beta.
 
 @l3illyl3ob said:

" @crusnchill said:

" I already have team fortress 2 on both the PC and Xbox 360, and this's basically that, so thanks. But I already have too much money going on games this year as it is.  It does look great though... "

This is a misconception that needs to go away.  The art style and advertising campaign are both extremely similar to Team Fortress 2.  However, once you get into game, they're worlds apart.  Like, they're not even remotely similar in any way.  L&G and TF2 have about the same in common as MW2 and TF2 do. "
Word!!!   @l3illyl3ob
Posted by screwed

aaaw, no pre-order on consoles?