Free-to-play WildStar ‘Reloaded’ arrives September 29th

No, that isn’t a typo in the title: WildStar fully converts to free-to-play on September 29th. Carbine and its crew are calling this significant change to the game’s payment model WildStar Reloaded. Carbine isn’t just changing how you pay for the game, however. There are also significant changes to the new-player experience.

The studio has also announced that the second phase of closed beta will open up today (as of press time, the closed beta server is offline due to technical difficulties). This second phase opens up the cash shop for the test, and Carbine is confident it’ll be a risk-free testing process. We have the full details of the testing process and our take on the new tutorial for the game below.

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Story and tutorial

The most significant content change with the launch of WildStar Reloaded has to be the character creator and the new-player experience. At this year’s PAX Prime, Carbine insisted that I take some time to try it out, especially since I played the game at launch and was quite familiar with how the beginning of the game originally played.

For those who are subscribed and currently testing out the free-to-play beta, this will be old hat to you, but there are enough significant changes to the game’s intro that I think it’s worth mentioning. If I were to describe in one word what I saw from the 20 or so minutes it took me to go from creating a brand-new character to near the end of the tutorial, I would say “streamlined.”

The character creator just explained everything better. Of course, there aren’t any changes to the character designs themselves, but as you make your way through character creation, you will have a better understanding of the class and path you choose because of the videos and informational pop-ups. And the lore behind each of the races is also better explained.

As I mentioned, I created a character and nearly completed the tutorial in the 20 minutes that I sat at the demo. But on top of taking less time, the tutorial actually introduces you to the game’s story better. The crux of the world story has always been in the tutorial, but it was hidden behind a bunch of unnecessary mechanical training. That has all been removed and replaced with cutscenes that tell the story in a much more cinematic and memorable way.

Testing and currency

wildstar-f2p-02As it was explained to me, the first phase of public testing focused on the in-game systems, and although there was certainly a good bit of NCoin given out to testers, the idea behind that was to see what people were interested in buying, not really to test out the purchasing system.

This second phase of testing, which starts today, is all about testing the purchasing system. Carbine wants to encourage players to actually buy NCoin for things that they want on the public test server using real money. You might be thinking that seems weird. Isn’t the test server going away when the real F2P launches? That’s true, but Carbine promises that all purchased NCoin on the test server will be transferred to live when F2P launches on September 29th.

This leads us to the types of currencies that there are in game and the rewards you get from them. And you’d think that adding one extra currency, like NCoin, would be enough, but no, there are four new currencies. I will explain them to you as they were explained to me.

NCoin — This is your cashshop currency used to buy all the fun stuff in the cashshop. There is no direct correlation between NCoin and any currency in game. This currency is attached to your account and your account alone.

Omnibits — Besides the copper, silver, gold, and platinum that currently drops in the game, you can also find Omnibits, which are items that Carbine calls “sweat currency.” These are used in a similar fashion as NCoin, but you’ll likely need more Omnibits to buy things in the cashshop than you would with NCoins.

Service Tokens — These guys, which drop in game or can be purchased, will get you quality-of-life items — for example, crafting timers or instant transports.

C.R.E.D.D. — If you play the game right now, you know what C.R.E.D.D. is. Currently, it grants you 30 days of subscription and can be traded with other players. When free-to-play launches, it will grant you 30 days of Signature Membership, which I’ll explain in just a bit.

Lastly, Carbine rewards loyalty with Cosmic Points. For every month you subscribed either through cash or C.R.E.D.D., you earned Cosmic Points. These can be used to purchase specific loyalty reward items. The only way to get these items, like pets and vehicles, is through Cosmic Points. Carbine showed off a couple of the lower tier items at PAX, but there is a total of six tiers of rewards.

I mentioned Signature Membership above. This replaces the current subscription. Signature Membership earns you the same things that most subscriptions in free-to-play hybrid games earn you: increased drop rates, XP increases, etc. Additionally, Signature Membership will earn you Cosmic Points.

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Upcoming events

Aside from the F2P conversion, look for the Hoverboard zPrix Invitational coming soon after Sept 29th. This was described as a “celebration of movement” on your hoverboard. If you have a hoverboard, and many people who played the game at beginning do, then you can participate in these races and challenges throughout the world. For the competitive types, there will also be leaderboards so that you can see where you rank against other players.

Then in October, be on the look out for Shade’s Eve, WildStar‘s answer to Halloween, which was delayed last year and didn’t release. Carbine explained that it will be a full-service holiday event this year. Not only will there be events in the world, but the major cities will be decorated in celebration of this holiday.

Hopefully, you have been able to process all this information because it took me a bit to process it all. If not, look for some livestreams from us showing off WildStar‘s free-to-play changes coming soon, and maybe we will see you on Nexus.

Massively Overpowered was on the ground in Seattle for PAX Prime 2015, bringing you expert MMO coverage from NCsoft, Trion, PWE, and everything else on display at the latest Penny Arcade Expo!
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RyanMahaffey
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RyanMahaffey

Gottphoenix Thats not exactly7 true, RIFT had such high numbers because of a really wee done marketing campaign, with many TV spots and adds everywhere, Carbine don’t seem to know what marketing even means..

had Carbine of marketed the game similar to RIFT classifying Wildstar as this next gen mmo and saying all this cool stuff in TV trailers, youtube add,s twitch adds, and sponsored things. It would have EASILY hit 1M subs around launch instead of the 500k it had.

goettel
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goettel

CastagereShaikura If you want to level fast, concentrate on the World and Zone stories, and any region events, ignore Tasks unless they’re convenient while doing the story quests. I said to do the Path quests also because it’ll be a drag to do them later, unless you don’t mind a huge back-track. If you don’t care about ‘fluff’, you can of course skip them too. Check out popular addons on Curse – I like Ayth Quest and BetterQuestLog. Not sure about the solid/split lines from the top of my head. Some more tips: don’t waste money buying gear while leveling and always log out in your house once you get it (and don’t forget to take the daily buff of choice).

CastagereShaikura
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CastagereShaikura

goettel CastagereShaikura I wish i new this earlier. The quest tracker is filled with way to much stuff. Can you turn off some of this stuff? Also the mini map i find confusing with the solid lines and split lines. Which one do i follow.

goettel
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goettel

CastagereShaikura Don’t rush leveling, do your Path quests and try both default and mouse-lock combat (with the Lockdown add-on or the still a bit wonky new official one), the latter being a bit like Tera or Vindictus.
And get a hoverboard, that goes without saying.

Gottphoenix
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Gottphoenix

A p2p system can only account for a mmorpgs failure for so much these days. If Wildstar was solid, it should have seen similar numbers of Rift pre Stormlegion (Rifts expansion was a giant step backwards in quality compared to the vanilla game) but it didn’t.

CastagereShaikura
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CastagereShaikura

Well i just uninstalled it. It just felt to juvenile for my taste. I felt like i was playing a console game.

DoctorOverlord
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DoctorOverlord

I guess I’ll be installing and checking out the updated game.  I was in the beta test but I never subbed. I am curious about the changes to the initial experience.

CastagereShaikura
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CastagereShaikura

I just got my Beta key. I played for an hour and was surprised it ran on my PC. Truthfully i don’t know how i feel about the game. It was confusing and fun at the same time. I kind of liked it and that surprised me. All i heard was how horrible the game is. Maybe it is at end game but i’m a sucker for any mmo that doesn’t have elves in a fantasy setting. Weird how i even forgot i signed up for beta. Any newbie tips would be welcome please.

Pedge Jameson
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Pedge Jameson

ToyFuzion Akami Please don’t. You know that AA is dead in the water. Not fooling yourself because of how much time and money you might have invested in it. Move on.

Pedge Jameson
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Pedge Jameson

Amazing Aluminum Man Skyewauker Madda Lethality Akami COH didn’t age well, the game just didn’t look very good at all. 
And after awhile people stopped playing content and would stand in city plaza and roleplay, flirt, and have costume contests and spam there annoying powers. It became a second life with people dressed up as bad versions of Wolverine, the Hulk, etc. and men making small pedophile female characters.Why do you think people are downloading that city square only version?

Pedge Jameson
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Pedge Jameson

Jacobin SWTOR f2p fixed their money issues, they then added 2 expansions, interface editor, player housing, oh another expansion on the way. “Those fools, bureaucratic fools….”

Malorey
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Malorey

I’ve never played this, so I’m looking forward to trying it out! :)

Bluetouchpaper
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Bluetouchpaper

Jacobin Except going free to play actually often increases a companies revenue from a game but you are right going free to play is associated with failure ( by idiots ) .

Sazri
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Sazri

Zo5o Heart of Thorns doesn’t release till Oct 23, so there’s over three weeks for folks to try out Wildstar.

Madda
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Madda

Jacobin *cough*SWTOR*cough*

Jacobin
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Jacobin

going ftp is associated with failure. There is literally nothing different about the game, they are just desperate to get players.

Skyewauker
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Skyewauker

p_mersault I liked Tabula Rasa.  Its a tad different than CoH.  I am talking about games that have been up and running for a while.  People talk like NCSoft shutters games left and right and thats simply not true.

Skyewauker
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Skyewauker

Amazing Aluminum Man Skyewauker Madda Lethality Akami Nope.  Their numbers were public though.  It was barely turning a profit.  You have to make calls for the good of the company.  They did that.  Im sorry you can’t deal with it.  Games will end.  WoW, Wildstar, etc, will all eventually close down.  Its as much a certainty as death.  You have to quit getting so attached.

Amazing Aluminum Man
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Amazing Aluminum Man

Skyewauker Madda Lethality Akami Regarding City of Heroes, why on earth would you say you think they made the right call in shutting it down? Did you work there and have some special inside knowledge? Was it harming you in some way?

TehAcidBaron
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TehAcidBaron

Never unsubbed but starting again once F2P hits, going to be interesting to see how big and good looking that exclusive mount is you get from subbing from launch till F2P.

Koshelkin
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Koshelkin

It’s sad the new tutorial/character creation isn’t in before the 29th, I wanted to get on my old character to have some headstart to the rest of the F2P crowd.

cures
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cures

ColdinT I’m sure it will.

cures
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cures

i just didnt have the time you needed to do some serious stuff in that game when it launched, and didnt want to sub for nothing. Now i’ll gladly come back!

Radfist
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Radfist

Considering the tiny amount of players that have finished the hardest raid content, there was no reason to expand to the next tier. Once the game becomes popular and more people finish the existing raids, I’m sure they will have new challenging content waiting to go.

Valkyriez
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Valkyriez

I love my Engineer for both dps and tanking. I’ve played a medic to level 20 and dps and healing on it was great. The Engi can have two little robots out at any one time and they have an ability that takes up a spot on your LAS. it’s fun and cutesy.

Valkyriez
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Valkyriez

There’s a new raid coming in the pipeline.

Siphaed
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Siphaed

deekay_zero gorkoswow Siphaed jealouspirate 
Is it not true?  Have you not seen the pattern over the past years that indicates as much?

Siphaed
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Siphaed

Detton 
Except it’s the same company.  NCSoft owns A.Net and Carbine both.  Being a controlling party, they dictate release of titles under their portfolio in order to determine the best chance of increasing whatever quarterly revenue they’re trying to meet.   It is best for them and their shareholders to not release two titles so close to each other as to compete with one another over the same customers.

Rumm
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Rumm

A ton of people just named loads of things that are of no interest to someone who’s already max level and finished with most raid content. When I go back for f2p, there’s nothing new for me unless I roll a new character.

Detton
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Detton

Companies don’t plan releases around what other companies are doing.
It sometimes feels like it but they don’t. That would be stupid and only for the most tinfoiled of hat wearing people. It’s HARD to meet your OWN deadline let alone someone elses.

Detton
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Detton

Hateboner.

gorkoswow
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gorkoswow

Siphaed jealouspirate But will a beta be the thing to outshine a release? Blizzard does more closed beta then open. (hots had a short open beta  before release.) I dont know about every one else but i would be more excited about the game i can actually play over something thats 6 months to a year out from release. 
then again i might be the odd one out that tends to drop things off my radar that are to far out to care about.

p_mersault
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p_mersault

2. Don’t forget Tabula Rasa. I still miss it. Or maybe 3? Didn’t they publish Auto Assault as well?

krazy_wabbit
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krazy_wabbit

Oh, boy! Oh, boy!
Thank you very much NCsoft for the ‘double birthday’ present for both Wildstar F2P and GW2’s HoT xpac launching just after my birthday.
Happy clap! Happy clap!

Zo5o
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Zo5o

Excellent news, though I must say I’m shocked. When GW2 announced it’s expansion’s release for Oct I mentally wrote off WS’s transition until late November.
Anyway, it’s a tidy game, hopefully they’ve learnt from their undeniable mistakes and it finds itself a decent player Base.
Yep, colour me pleased U0001f60c.

Lheiah
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Lheiah

Looking forward to the Oct. 29 one month review.

Telos_
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Telos_

Estranged They won’t have to worry with the f2p crowd though, since swtor and gw2 will require purchases to play their expansions.

Telos_
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Telos_

Akami Wildstar had it’s own problems, most notably attunements and hardcore raiding.  Let’s not try to blame other MMOs. lol.

BrownBread
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BrownBread

I loved wildstar when i played it, & was genuinely upset that the endgame was so hard and repetitive as it was, i played for 6 months and eventually went back to WoW with a heavy heart since i loved the game, combat, aesthetic and lore so much, yet it had major faults as well

I’m going back to Wildstar very happily and trying to bring as many guildies with me on the EU server (we’re not decided on dominion or exile yet, but i have a few 50’s on Dominion pre-existing but trying to start from fresh!) since i’m convinced they’ll enjoy it alot at least during the content drought.

I highly recommend each person here to give it a shot also, leave your preconceptions at the door, because no MMO is perfect and i wish every success to the Carbine team, because the community, and from my dealings, alot of the employees really care deeply about the game and how it ends up.

Hopefully i’ll want to stay for alot longer and other players will this time =)

Skyewauker
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Skyewauker

Madda Lethality Akami They shut down 1 game.  1…. game.  City of Heroes wasn’t THAT great.  Sure it was home to some gamers, but it wasn’t the greatest game in the world.  I think they made the right call shutting it down.
I don’t disagree with you.  Hell, I would shut it down too if it wasn’t making profit.  People seem to forget that game studios are in it for money #1.

Qarran
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Qarran

Heh.  I’m surprised.  I didn’t think they would make September.  And tbh, in looking at their financials, I didn’t think it would be enough to save the game.  But it looks like it may just rise from the ashes after a little capital infusion.  The real tale, however, will be told in November, December.

TehAcidBaron
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TehAcidBaron

Madda Akami

THey are after different type of players. Not all mmo’s are the same, That’s whay GW2 expansion is launching near WS F2P, the company probably knows what they are doing considering how many games they manage publisher wise.

Gibbins
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Gibbins

I bought Wildstar this week and have spent the past two days soaking it in, enjoying it a lot tbh.

Zariarn
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Zariarn

Count me in!

ColdinT
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ColdinT

Cool. My predictions were right! Figured once we saw Shade’s Eve and that Phase 2 was starting up today that we would see Wildstar F2P launch within a month. Hopefully will bring in a bunch of people.

ColdinT
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ColdinT

Siphaed Estranged Armsbend Pretty much everything interesting about Heart of Thorns is tied to buying the expansion. Guild Halls, new zones, Elite Specializations. I think only the PVP aspects got something and they probably would have got it anyway.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

Siphaed ManastuUtakata 
That’s a “What month has 28 days?” trick question, isn’t it? But before you push me off that Larry Everett rendered cliff, neither Aurin or Chua come with pigtail options. They do however, come in pink. <3

ToyFuzion
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ToyFuzion

Syco_at_Twitch More like Trion killed it. :P But it’s still the only game of it’s type on the market. There’s just no other one like it for all the features that it has.

Syco_at_Twitch
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Syco_at_Twitch

ToyFuzion Akami Archeage is done dude that p2w shit killed it

Syco_at_Twitch
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Syco_at_Twitch

Akami Legion is no where near finished i highly doubt it will come out this year their only comp is ff  and blade n soul/hot

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