What Is Wildstar? “You’re Gonna Find Out, Cupcake”

By John Walker on March 20th, 2013 at 8:00 pm.

I like a trailer that’s up-front. What Is Wildstar? it asks, in a self-deprecating fashion. As NCSoft’s latest MMO, from Carbine Studios, prepares to begin its beta, they’re making sure you know. This is a properly good trailer.

Although as a loyal RPS reader, you’ll already know what it is, after our array of previews and videos and posts about that time there was a screenshot probably.

I can’t really add to that. I hope the game is good too.

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  1. Drake Sigar says:

    Wildstar? Sounds like a 1987 children’s cartoon series to me.

    • Snidesworth says:

      That’s pretty much what they’re shooting for.

      I know that it’s probably going to be another grindy MMO, but I can’t help but watch each trailer with a big, dumb grin on my face.

    • HothMonster says:

      It always reminds me of The Trenches Which is perfect because it just reminded me that I haven’t read that comic in a few months.

      But it’s about people working for a shitty company on a shitty MMO based on a bad 80s kids show called lawstar.

      • vecordae says:

        Not anymore. Things have taken a turn…

        …for the shittier.

    • spindaden says:

      You’re thinking of Bravestarr.

      Which would make an awesome game!
      This was a good trailer, I even cracked a smile at “snazzy”, but the game still looks extremely wow-derivative.

      • CutieKnucklePie says:

        Eyes of the hawk, ears of the wolf! I’d LOVE a Bravestarr game :D

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        Jubaal says:

        Ah yes I thought of Bravestarr too.

        Here’s a little bit of nostalgia….

  2. Tei says:

    The more this looks like wow, the least interest I have. But on the video theres a lot of things that look differen than wow, maybe not different enough.

    Initially I was atracted to the idea to a game where classes are played heavily differently. But maybe have abandoned this idea? or maybe it was a dream, and was never the point of wildstar.

    This game being a NC Soft game scare me, because NC Soft have a story of killing mmos that are not “succefull enough”, so if Wildstart become a niche game it will be killed, even if is very fun.

    • RonnieBoy says:

      I feel the same, it looks like an interesting enough game, but like you said, knowing NCSoft, if it’s not a runaway success it’ll be killed off in a year or two.

    • Spengbab says:

      But… It doesn’t look any different from WoW. People who buy/play this but dislike WoW will be falling for the exact same trap, but without Blizzard’s years of content building. It may introduce some new gimmicks, but it’s still the exact same game.

      Not that there’s anything wrong with that – Vanilla WoW/TBC was amazing, started going downhill when Blizzard/Activision started changing stuff so it got easier for less enthusiastic players. I just can’t see this game happening and it’ll get canned within a year. People who like WoW will still be playing WoW. People who don’t like WoW won’t play this either.

  3. connorcarpenter says:

    Hahahahaha, that was awesome. Well done. It makes me want to buy it even though I told myself I had learnt my lesson after WoW. Now my only fear is we’re gonna see a lot more exuberant knock-off trailers in the future.

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      Gap Gen says:

      Yes, I want to play this and I vowed to never play MMOs due to their tendency to throw all of my time into a large bin.

  4. Borklund says:

    Dumb narration and it being an NCSoft MMO aside, I kinda want to play this. Have I gone mad?

  5. trjp says:

    Oh my that’s a wonderful trailer

    It hooked me at cupcake, snared me with “death fortresses”, slightly lost me at “player housing” (no, really, fuck off with that) and then I saw a sword bigger than the player and a death ray thingy and

    I’ve not even gotten into GW2 yet either – *shakes fast at the 24h day*

  6. aliksy says:

    Meh. I forget, is it f2p or subscription? If it’s f2p I’ll try it, otherwise it goes into the “lol no” bucket.

    • Obc says:

      this. if its subscription then i could just go back to MoP again…if its f2p or atleast like gw2 pay one time than i’ll probably try it out.

    • Grimgrin says:

      Yeah, It looks great but, I just can stand games that ask me to pay a monthly fee any more. I hope the game is successful tho, you can tell the people who worked on it care about the game.

    • gusdoom says:

      It is supposed to be F2P.

  7. derella says:

    It looks fun!

  8. mondomau says:

    Very flashy. Still looks suspiciously like auto-attack, numbers go down, occasional hotkey combat though. Maybe dodge the odd telegraphed super attack. Yawn.

    • Gyro says:

      Don’t WoW and EVE (and GW2, for however long that lasts) have this gameplay style all wrapped up? Another coat of paint ain’t gonna change it, not enough to actually get people to stay.

    • naetharu says:

      Humm, do we know that this is ‘WOW’ style combat? I only ask as the video mentioned “Action Combat”. The hopeful part of me wants this to mean action-RPG style combat…but it could just mean flashy special moves…

      Anyhow, I shall be keeping my eyes on this one!

      • mondomau says:

        The trailer goes out of it’s way to suggest combat is almost entirely dynamic but, if you watch carefully, the warning signs are there – whenever the camera stays on the melee character too long, you can clearly see the dreaded ‘stationary attack-animation loop’ in full swing.
        Shame, because it looks slick and interesting as far as the asset design goes, but I’m pretty sure this is just another slight variation of a tired theme.

  9. Danarchist says:

    I dream of a MMO, hell any game for that matter, where when I hit a giant freaking monster with an equally giant sword there is at least some visible damage to show for it. Seriously if you hit ANYTHING with a chunk of steel that size at the very least there would be a visible dent. For all the talk of “realism” in gaming that is something that has always thrown me off.
    Then again a game where you could actually aim for and chop off limbs would send the 24 hour news cycle into it’s 25th hour.

    • aliksy says:

      Dark Souls at least has monsters flinch when you hit them hard. Even most bosses, if you hit them hard enough. Having trouble thinking of other RPGs that do much of that.

    • SeismicRend says:

      Monster Hunter is calling you. If only it wasn’t a Wii U exclusive.

    • lordcooper says:

      Metal Gear Rising has aiming at limb and slicing them off as it’s main selling point.

  10. unbias says:

    Ya, I loved that trailer.

  11. Archipelagos says:

    That’s a dam fine trailer. In fact, all of the mini-trailers for Wildstar (especially the meet the race ones) have been outstanding. Pity the actual game itself doesn’t seem to reflect that in the slightest. Oh well.

    The animators for Carbine Studios are ridiculously talented. Give them a raise.

  12. DickSocrates says:

    This looks terrible. I don’t know what the rest of you are on.

    • unbias says:

      Do you hate Ratchet and Clank? If so I know why you feel that way, buf if you think that game looks cool…well.

  13. Grape Flavor says:

    I find it kind of hilarious how both the writers and the readers here are perfectly willing to give this game a fair shake but are pre-emptively crucifying TESO, when objectively speaking this game is even more like WoW.

    • Mollusc Infestation says:

      No, it’s just that we don’t know enough about this game to be disappointed yet.

    • Archipelagos says:

      One is an original IP without a loyal fanbase and the other comes from a long line of single-player epics with a reputation for freedom, atmosphere and immersion. See the difference?

      • Lemming says:

        I was going to post this, pretty much. It bugs the shit out of me when people make asinine comments when there is a clear and obvious answer.

        • Grape Flavor says:

          Yeah, silly me, evaluating games on their own merits instead of applying double standards based on foolish and unrealistic expectations. “Elder Scrolls ONLINE”, yeah judging by the title I’d expect that to be exactly like the single player game, no MMO elements implied there at all, no sir.

          Look, I understand it all right. My point was that it’s stupid. You don’t see the hypocrisy in people excoriating one game for not completely reinventing the entire MMO wheel, then embracing a game with even more bog-standard gameplay two articles later, just because it has a different title?

          If you hate the game just because it’s called Elder Scrolls just say so, what irks me is all this intellectually dishonest tripe pretending your reasons are any deeper than that.

          • Grape Flavor says:

            I guess I just don’t understand the huge automatic butthurt over every game that isn’t exactly like all the previous entries in the franchise.

            Good thing RPS wasn’t around in 2004 or we’d have been subjected to pages of sperglord ranting along the lines of “What a shitty RTS World of Warcraft is, it plays nothing like Warcraft III, Blizzard really screwed the pooch on this one, you call this a Warcraft game?”

          • aliksy says:

            That would work better if many people weren’t completely exhausted with traditional MMOs, and if the elder scrolls MMO sounded like it was bringing something to the table.

            I’m not applying a double standard, though. I’m not excited for either.

          • Lemming says:

            Except you’re not evaluating games on their own merits, you’re evaluating games in a vacuum, which is not the same thing at all. What good does it do you, or anyone to reset your standards and experience every time something new comes out?

    • John Walker says:

      Might want to take another stab at reading. “I hope the game is good too.”

      • utharda says:

        I do three. Look a little levity couild go a long way to making something fun.

  14. GernauMorat says:

    Trying way too hard

    • Doganpc says:

      Exactly! Wildstar… It will be everything for everyone WARRGH! Lets face it, the only way you’re going to gain any market share vs WoW is if you bring something niche to the table. This games original niche was its detailed character stories. To the tune of, explorers will explore and settlers will settle. Sort of like SWTOR but ideally with more variety to the style of play (vs SWtoR’s Mass Effect KotoR mashup). You start talking player housing, pvp, raids, dungeons and all the typical MMORPG trappings and well… Meh

  15. Tomac says:

    Reminded me of playing Ratchet and Clank back in the day. Good times.

  16. SandmanXC says:

    I want all trailers to be like this. Please?

  17. buzzmong says:

    From initial couple of minutes of the video, thanks to the theme and general ideas, I truly thought this would have been a single player game in the vein of Giants: Citizen Kabuto.

    A shame it’s not, looks like it might be fun, but I can’t help thinking all that fun will be destroyed by the souless grind that’s obviously going to have as it’s an MMO.

  18. kdz says:

    That trailer was surprisingly awesome. And the looks of the game kinda remind me of Jak & Daxter and Ratchet & Clank, which is nice. Yeah, I know its just another cartoony-looking sci-fi-steampunk-fantasy mix, but still.
    And that guy had Wolverine claws.

    I really shouldn’t be saying that after GW2 failed to draw me in, but… I guess I’m sold?

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    _Nocturnal says:

    Too bad they blew up the planet at the end of the trailer, it seemed like a decent environment.
    Wait, does that mean the game is going to be some kind of a space sim now?

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    RedViv says:

    Dominion it is then. I ain’t seen a problem yet can’t be solved by kickin’ ass.

  21. Lemming says:

    I’ve quietly suspected for a while this is going to do rather well. I’ll be interested to see the reviews before I cave in and play it.

  22. NyuBomber says:

    Looks like WoW, but sci-fi and with better animation.

    I’m in.

    As long as it isn’t sub-based.

  23. vecordae says:

    The narrator sounds like the guy who narrates the endings of the first run of Dawn of War games, only all whiskied up and ready to say cusses.

    • TWChristine says:

      I don’t particularly have any interest in the game, but I saw this comment on the Respond To Our Gibber box which piqued my interest in what was actually in the video. I have to say I’m actually kind of glad I watched it now (twice), because it was quite funny. This is effective advertising!

    • milman says:

      I got a distinct Starship Troopers vibe from the trailer myself, if the Federation ever discovered a legendary planet called Nexus this is the promo video they would make.

    • CutieKnucklePie says:

      I like the PEGI guy.

  24. Dana says:

    I can’t stomach more subscription mmos.

    • frank3n says:

      Dear NCSoft: I can’t stomach spending blood, sweat and time on character development, only to have the game pulled out from under my feet. Did it with Auto Assault. Did it with City of Heroes. Passing on WARPLOT!

  25. Niko says:

    I like the trailer, but did he say “epic content”?

  26. Nokterian says:

    Looks like fun! Love the player housing.

  27. Shooop says:

    Standard-issue hotbar combat bullshit.

  28. Miltrivd says:

    I remember that when I first heard about Wildstar it was supposed to be an ARPG-MMO (this was several years ago) which sounded fantastic, but their section on the NCSoft website took a long time to appear and a longer time without being updated. When it turned out to be an MMO I lost all interest, but this trailer does make a good job capturing attention!

    I’m hoping that a bit of the ARPG combat/difficulty is still there and it’s an MMO that’s actually fun to play. I like the aesthetics and how they don’t take themselves seriously; MMOs are silly games, they are never deep or have good storylines, so when they don’t take themselves seriously is, for me, always a good sign. NCSoft tho… Not sure about that part.

  29. 0over0 says:

    Love the trailer.

    I think the game looks fun…for someone else. I don’t wish it ill–I’m sure a lot of 12-year-olds will love it. And I don’t mean that in a snarky way.

  30. Mephz says:

    I was very intererested until I figured out that it was an mmo. Hoped it was a singleplayer/co-op for as long as I could :Þ

  31. Cruzer says:

    Fun trailer, I really like the idea of some of those features but I’m pessimistic about their execution. I’m kind of over games which require a steady stream of my money anyway.

  32. Mbaya says:

    Looking forward to giving this game some time. Recent MMO’s have been a bit serious in their setting, will be nice to explore a world where comedy and ‘fun’ is evident. Really like the setting and it looks like the kind of game the whole family could enjoy.

    Still, the more trailers and teasers I see, the more I hope this blossoms into a franchise in it’s own right – I’d love to see a movie.

    • utharda says:

      Looks sort of like a cross between ryzom and the electric coolaid acid test.

      I’ll give it a shot. But I admit I’m an mmo person.

  33. Neo_Bahamut_19 says:

    I’ve been following this for a while. I’m trying not to be too cynical. I’m hoping it comes off with the right attitude, story, environment, and objectives to engage me. WoW lost its way when it started to feel routine, which was when the third tier in WotLK was launched, and really sunk in during Cataclysm. Felt like they were shoehorning in a story to provide a means for raids.

  34. gusdoom says:

    To anyone who says it looks like wow clone – you should watch this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtK-8sUazUs Combat is not only ”press 1, then 2, then 3 to win”, but you actually have to move to avoid attacks, and you can also turn off automatic aiming (maybe auto aiming will be off when you got higher level). It looks more like a moba game turned into mmo, than wow clone.