WildStar begins Chinese beta this August

As WildStar is preparing to make the grand transition to free-to-play in the west this summer, it’s simultaneously making in-roads into Asia with an upcoming Chinese launch.

The duties of handling WildStar’s China operations will go to Giant Interactive, which has previously handled titles such as Allods Online. Giant will oversee the closed beta test, with plans to begin in August. No date for a launch has been announced.

WildStar’s Chinese version will feature not only the new free-to-play business model but new facial options, panda accessories, and 22 additional pets. All of these are aimed specifically at the region’s demographics.

 

Source: MMO Culture. Thanks to Derek for the tip!
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AngeloooE
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AngeloooE

translated this game in Italian

PrinceMark
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PrinceMark

So when will WildStar become Free to Play? coz seriously its more like they are just pumping up the subscription saying “if you are subscribed from this date UNTIL wildstar becomes F2P you will get etc etc” but when will Free to Play really start?

MorpayneRADIO
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MorpayneRADIO

Just in defense of cafes, although I’ve never been to one overseas here in the states about 15 years ago they were somewhat popular. Very fun back then at least for me. After school it was THE go to spot filled with energy drinks, good friends and surprisingly, lots and lots of girls since it was in the middle of a shopping mall.
Good times the old cafes. Now we’re all locked up in our houses :(

MorpayneRADIO
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MorpayneRADIO

Blizzard already hid behind some sorry excuse about not wanting to render the cigar for every outfit, and that’s why it was removed. No point in bringing it up really, they already lied.

schlag sweetleaf
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schlag sweetleaf
schlag sweetleaf
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schlag sweetleaf
sray155
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sray155

I think they can crap it down enough to make it run on the low end machines in their cafés, but it’s likely to run into the same problem that it has in the West: it’s more of the same in an over saturated market, that has no real distinguishing characteristic beyond its art style, and has nothing that you can’t get somewhere else.

cheesybites76
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cheesybites76

A Dad Supreme I think they do, they just don’t want to have to recruit 60 of their friends in an LFG channel to say it with them, lol.

cheesybites76
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cheesybites76

SoMuchMass True, although I am pretty sure that ANY game made by “dudebro” developers like the ones who made WildCrap is going to door poorly in ANY market, lol.

That being said, Asia tends to be a more group-centric market, so hey, maybe it’ll be easier to force those players to pre-make 20- or 40-or 80-man groups, or whatever this train wreck requires.

AvatarOP
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AvatarOP

sray155 they don’t have the rigs to run it. it’s going to be niche. at most simlar to B&S (but i strongly doubt it).

AvatarOP
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AvatarOP

SoMuchMass RyanMahaffey you mean, chinese people prefer to play games that don’t require good computers and/or playable in internet cafes.

sray155
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sray155

I agree that it’s unlikely to do that well there, although I do think that Wildstar was developed with expansion into the Asian market in mind when it was built. The cartoony art, the grind, overdone RNG? All hallmarks of an Asian theme park MMORPG.

SoMuchMass
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SoMuchMass

RyanMahaffey SoMuchMass GW2 is doing very poorly.  WoW was popular at one point, but it is slipping fast.  WoW got a foothold early but now the Chinese MMO market is filled with MMOs. Chinese people prefer play Chinese MMOs.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

BKone ManastuUtakata NoYou 
…the way I understand how things work over there, yeah. But granted, I am here. And thus naturally don’t have the full picture. So feel free to dispute that if you wish.

Madda
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Madda

铁杆
Tiěgǎn

RyanMahaffey
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RyanMahaffey

SoMuchMass Guild Wars 2? WoW?

BKone
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BKone

ManastuUtakata NoYou so everything comes down to corruption, heh…

A Dad Supreme
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A Dad Supreme

Polyanna They didn’t know how to say ‘hardcore!’ in Chinese.

ColdinT
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ColdinT

While the pets and mount are really cool. I’m actually more curious in these new faces. An asian aurin has to be pretty interesting.

ColdinT
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ColdinT

Jack Pipsam Good news! They are! :)

SoMuchMass
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SoMuchMass

It isn’t going to do well there just like all the other Western games doing poorly in the region.

Greaterdivinity
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Greaterdivinity

Polyanna …how so?

Polyanna
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Polyanna

This game should have been a China exclusive from the start, and this whole awful saga could have been avoided.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

NoYou 
…or how well they can pay off officials to bypass it. /bleah

Jack Pipsam
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Jack Pipsam

I don’t play WildStar, but it would be cool if they could bring back some of those pets or panda accessories to the Western version as well.

Madda
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Madda

Madda希望WildStar最好的,但不能帮助,但不知道它会是如何在中国做。
同时,招呼那些你翻译这一点。

NoYou
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NoYou

Curious to see how they did with the censorship pass.

AvatarOP
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AvatarOP

probably western beta test will start in august too…

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