NCSoft and Carbine Studios have announced that WildStar, their colorful and chaotic MMORPG, is going free-to-play this fall.
While a specific date for the transition wasn’t mentioned, developer Carbine Studios is going to provide routine content updates, new story additions, systems, and landscapes throughout the MMO’s lifetime. The move to free-to-play is described as “only the beginning of what is to come for WildStar.”
“Over the last year, hundreds of thousands of amazing players have shared feedback and logged in to check out WildStar,” said Chad Moore, creative director for Carbine Studios. “Whether you are a current player, or someone who played in the past, as part of this transition we want to make sure that we are recognizing and rewarding you for being an essential part of this great game.”
Alongside going free-to-play, Carbine is focusing on key things to improve the gameplay experience and the content in WildStar:
• Streamlining player and item stats to be much more intuitive while adding high-level options to give players more flexibility.
• Making the Amp system easier to use by unlocking all Amp slots.
• Reviewing dungeons and open world content so that the experience is challenging, but not brutal.
• Changing the tutorial and early game experience to provide a better and quicker introduction.
If you have an existing subscription from before June 15th, you’ll get exclusive items and rewards when the game becomes free-to-play. If you’ve been a player since launch and have maintained a subscription ever since, you’ll get “even more” rewards. If you called it quits and are considering a return now that the game will be free-to-play, Carbine is going to set up a loyalty program that will reward players for their time and money put into the game, even if you’re not a current subscriber. More details regarding these kickbacks will be coming soon.
We expect to hear more about the transition, and possibly these rewards, in the developer’s announcement livestream, tomorrow – May 29th, at 10 AM PDT.
We’ll keep you guys posted.