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WildStar Reloaded review

An unusually generous free-to-play model

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2 months ago

WildStar shutting down on November 28th, heralded by special events

Following NCSoft's recent announcement that they've shut down Carbine Studios and close their game WildStar, we now know just when the sci-fi MMORPG will shut down: November 28th. They're hoping to send it off with a bang, at least. Special seasonal events will return over the coming weeks, rewards and drops have been massively boosted to get everyone the good stuff, and all players are…

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2 years ago

WildStar Gets Redmoon Mutiny Raid Update Next Month

If you're one of NCSoft's WildStar's [official site] biggest fans (or are actually playing it, are people still playing it?) you'll be happy to know that Carbine Studios has confirmed there's an update coming. Named Redmoon Mutinty, it's scheduled to hit this November with additions including PvP leaderboards and cross-faction raid and dungeon groups.

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3 years ago

WildStar Devs Reportedly Lay Off 70 People

On Friday, WildStar [official site] publisher NCSoft announced that a "reorganisation" of Carbine Studio's "operating structure" had resulted in staff layoffs at the developer. While there's been no official mention of exactly how many folk have been made redundant, reports suggest more than 70 employees were shown the door - as much as 40 percent of the studio's total staff.

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Wildstar Gets Chilly With Destination Arcterra

I'm currently re-installing Wildstar [official site]. Well, sort of. I'm installing the public test realm so I can go investigate the sci-fi western MMO's new zone, Arcterra. It's very blue and I wanted to do a screenshot tour. While that happens (and while I try to stream a Dota 2 tournament and thus the process takes even longer) I am reading the blog to find…

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Feature: The RPG Scrollbars

What Games Are Running Christmas Events?

HO HO HO. Christmas is practically upon us, and games eveywhere... well, mostly online... are joining the party. Whether they call it Winter Veil or Frostfell, it's a chance to deck the hubs with bonus XP and let everyone from elves to orcs don Santa hats and hand out treats to the good little wizards and barbarians. Here's a few of the events going on…

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Feature: An unusually generous free-to-play model

WildStar Reloaded review

Released in June last year, WildStar’s player count didn’t so much dwindle as vanish into the nether. Despite comic book stylings and zany humour, logging on was a lot like touring a nursing home, the party atmosphere muted by the aspect of Death trailing behind and checking his watch. Or if not death, then the spectre of the game's inevitable free-to-play conversion. For the past…

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WildStar Is Free-To-Play As Of Today

After a few weeks of running on test servers, WildStar [official site] is officially free-to-play as of today. That means you can play the scifi western MMO without a subscription, though existing subscribers who keep paying will get various bonuses and extras to reward them for their loyalty. Hop below for a finely animated CG launch trailer.

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Giveaway: 5000 WildStar EU Closed Beta keys

WildStar [official site] is going free-to-play, breaking loose from the shackles of a subscription model in order to let new players through the front doors for nothing. Before that happens, NCSoft are running a closed beta for the new version of the game, and we've got 5000 keys to giveaway if you want to try it out. Hop below to find out how to get…

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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…

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The RPG Scrollbars: The Declining Magic Of MMOs

There's a basic rule of the universe - everything is better when it's a dream. A new car. A new toy. A revolutionary new way of playing games. As a dream, they're magical. They're promise. They're an opportunity yet to be bled dry or squandered. When we get them... they're a thing. It's hard to see the impossible in something right in front of you,…

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Feature: WildStar is tonally and psychologically a free-to-play game already.

Suck It Up, Cupcake: It’s Good That WildStar Is Going F2P

Every few months I revive my World of Warcraft subscription, go poking about the old haunts and decide that yes, things were better back in my day. Then I order the local kids off my lawn and wish I had my £9.99 back. This is WildStar’s target audience: people like me who yearn for the hardcore days of yore, too jacked up on happy memories…

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Wildstar Goes Free-To-Play: Why & How It’s Happening

When I ask Wildstar’s [official site] Chad Moore and Mike Donatelli why on earth NCSOFT would release a subscription-based MMO at a time when most other MMOs had gone free-to-play, their answer is accompanied by one particularly important factoid: Wildstar is also going free-to-play. I found out why NCSOFT are making the switch now, and what happens next.

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4 years ago

Carbine Talk WildStar And The Plan For 2015

WildStar developers Carbine have released their 2015 roadmap for the game, which includes better preparing lower level players for combat and offering news types of challenge across playstyles and group sizes. Towards the end of 2014, Carbine's product director, Mike Donatelli, admitted that players complaining about the release of buggy content led the team to focus on improving the quality of their output – that's…

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Into The Wildstar: Should You Re-Visit The Cartoon MMO?

It’s a strange feeling coming back to WildStar. I played it when it launched back in June 2014, both for professional reasons and personal curiosity. It really did feel... different. The bright, bold aesthetic, the humour, the ambition, the fresh setting, Carbine’s pedigree, it all combined to project a powerful air of confidence about the game. Despite myself, I was swept up in the pre-launch…

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WildStar Cancels Christmas, Hallowe’en, No Word On Pancake Day

Can you imagine having to tell all the players of an MMO that Christmas is cancelled? That there will be no twinkly lights in pine trees or fine dustings of snow offering the chance to feel festive while simultaneously escaping your nearest and dearest? That actually you're not only cancelling Christmas but Hallowe'en as well? That's what WildStar developers Carbine have had to do. The…

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Wot I Think (Part Three): Wildstar

We always feel that MMOs are difficult to review in a single article, and Wildstar is even larger than most. To give a broader sense of what playing it is like, we asked Philippa Warr to venture inside and report back in three parts (part one, part two). Part three covers player housing, long-term roleplay and the subscription fee. There is a giant monstrous snail…

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Wot I Think (Part Two): Wildstar

We always feel that MMOs are difficult to review in a single article, and Wildstar is even larger than most. To give a broader sense of what playing it is like, we asked Philippa Warr to venture inside and report back in three parts (part one). Part two covers more combat detail, and getting to grips with PvP and dungeons. In a piece of advice…

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Wot I Think (Part One): Wildstar

We always feel that MMOs are difficult to review in a single article, and Wildstar is even larger than most. To give a broader sense of what playing it is like, we asked Philippa Warr to venture inside and report back in three parts. In part one, she covers the first 18 levels of combat, questing and exploration. "Help! Bees! Bees everywhere! HELP ME!" This…

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Lone Star: Soloing Wildstar (Part 1)

Please note this is not a review diary or any form of critique. Another writer will be providing such things for us very soon. This is me bimbling about in Wildstar on my lonesome and sharing my experiences in character. That said, one piece of critique - I'm skipping all mention of what I got up to in the over-long and extremely dull tutorial. My…

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