WildStar is Going Free to Play this Fall

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.

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Brandon Orselli


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  1. Dogbot3000
    May 28, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    I wonder who didn’t see this coming. While it’s disappointing to see many promising subscription-based MMOs go free-to-play, this does seem to be the natural progression of things these days.

  2. inquisitormcsagington
    May 28, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Shocking news just in!
    Ursine Feces found in woods!
    Man in funny hat in Vatican “Not a Protestant” according to sources!

    Writing was on the wall for this one for a while. Lackluster raiding geared only to the most hardcore, HORRIBLY misrepresentation trailers and that boob size debacle…this one was toast.

  3. Muten
    May 28, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Man this reminds me of all that TORTANIC shit, fun times.

    I’m sure this model will do good for them.

  4. John Smith
    John Smith
    May 28, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Pandering to hardcore and sjws. What were they eventhinking?

  5. Cytos Lpagtr
    Cytos Lpagtr
    May 28, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    even with this i doubt it will work. i mean i tried the trail version, and i didn’t even get to the trialcap out of boredom..

  6. DeusEx
    May 28, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Being geared only to the hardcore is not a bad thing.
    The bad thing about the game is everywhere else.

  7. PenguinPlayer
    May 28, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    I wonder why MMOs even bother with subscription based models in the first place since they all go free to play sooner or later anyway. It has been a lot of time guys, no one is going to be the “WoW killer”.

  8. Sebastian Mikulec
    Sebastian Mikulec
    May 28, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    I doubt going f2p can save this game. Wildstar has been a massive failure form the onset, the player base plummeted almost immediately after launch. Apparently, the idea behind this game was “Hey, remember vanilla WoW? I bet there are tons of people itching to play that again!” As it turns out, there really aren’t.

  9. AnarKreig
    May 29, 2015 at 3:06 am

    Dungeons and Raids were the only two good things about this one. Everything else from questing to leveling and crafting to lore were shit.

  10. Thanatos2k
    May 29, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Another one bites the dust in this dying genre.

  11. chaoguy
    May 30, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    The devs had some real heart by many accounts (despite SJW pandering), and I feel really bad for them. The world *looks* really interesting, and I’d be all for a game with their character creator. I hope the influx of people “tempted” to try it will end up being good in the end, but I doubt it. Still, if it does come back (and they have enough players to keep ticking over), it’d be one hell of a story.

    Worst case, make it a TV show.