Dancing Like A: WildStar Going F2P This Month

Giorgio Moroder and Foxes’ jumpy discodance song Wildstar was probably not the inspiration for Carbine’s MMORPG WildStar [official site] (the MMO came first – but that’s the only reason this can’t be true), but Wildstar has the same bouncy, fun tone that seemed to set WildStar apart from oh-so-serious other WoW fangames. I’ve wanted to check WildStar out but don’t have the attention/inattention span to warrant buying MMORPGs. Good news, Alice! This morning you’ve managed to both wedge a fun pop song into a post and discover that you’ll get to play WildStar soon.

Its switch to free-to-play will come on September 29th, say publishers NCSoft.

NCSoft say about the changeover:

“More than just a business model conversion, the free-to-play launch will be the title’s biggest game update yet thanks to new content, enhanced game systems, and countless quality of life improvements. Titled WildStar Reloaded, the upcoming content update is the culmination of months of improvements and tweaks that make the game bigger and better than ever. New players will enjoy a greatly streamlined starting experience, while veteran players will be handsomely rewarded for their loyalty. As an added perk, all players with active subscriptions at the time of the free-to-play transition will also receive exclusive items as a bonus.”

Aye, sounds good that. A WildStar player told us that they’re looking forward to the switch, hoping for an influx of new players, so… good news for all?

So, now we’ve got a game based on WildStar (look, just go with it), I’d dig a MMO based on Black Star, where people quest for the attention and affection of a beautiful, radiant, callous dead sun who may or may not also be a pretty lady. It’s a shame that what video games draw from metal mostly seems to be garbage about steel and skellingtons.

15 Comments

  1. Lessing says:

    I haven’t researched into this, but will it be available via Steam as well?

    • Phenomen says:

      There is already SteamDB entry for Wildstar but still no confirmation if it will be available there on F2P launch. Probably a little later.

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        Qazinsky says:

        And even if it doesn’t come to Steam, you can just download it outside Steam and then add it to Steam as a 3rd party program if it is the Steam overlay you’re after.

  2. marano says:

    Free or not, the game’s still bad so I don’t predict a massive influx of players.

    • Zankman says:

      How come?

      • EhexT says:

        The interface is awful. The game structure is ancient (and generic as hell). The combat system is fun-ish (many games have done action combat better) and utterly unsupported by atrociously bad controls. And the excuse for all of it is “people have made mods to (sort of) fix it”.

        The devs are lazy and rely entirely on the community to clean up their messes. That shouldn’t get support and luckily it didn’t.

    • geldonyetich says:

      That’s odd, I thought WildStar was one of the slickest, best wrought MMORPGs I’ve ever played, but I guess some people took one look at it and said, “OMG Bad!”

  3. Shadow says:

    I could’ve sworn this had already happened.

    • jrodman says:

      I’m in this boat too.

      Though to be honest, my interest in the genre got exhausted before the game shipped. It’s *possible* they’d have got money out of me if they’d let me into the beta, but hey, no reason for them to have predicted that.

    • LionsPhil says:

      RPS have posted about it before, back in May.

  4. TalezMB says:

    [iunderstoodthatreference.gif]

    A Giorgio Moroder reference in an RPS headline? Best day ever!

  5. Urthman says:

    Looks like it might be a pretty world to wander around in for a bit. I hope it’s still alive when I get done with my tour of Guild Wars 2.

  6. fenriz says:

    “WoW fangames”

    awesome. Not even the decency to call ’em clones. I like that.