WildStar struggles with lag, bugs after F2P conversion [Updated]

It’s been a long and stressful day-and-a-half for both WildStar players and Carbine, as the game’s free-to-play patch resulted in horrendous lag, lengthy queues, and critical bugs such as not being able to create new characters.

Carbine has taken the game servers down multiple times since Wednesday morning to attempt to rectify the issues. “We’ve been working hard to address the problems arising from the added strain, and we’ve already performed a number of hotfixes — as well as short maintenances and restarts over the last couple days — aimed at optimizing the service to reduce lag, shorten queue times, and help with character creation delays,” the studio posted.

The team said that it will continue to perform on-the-spot maintenance as needed in the near future and encouraged players to follow the operations team on Twitter to stay up-to-date on the latest developments.

Source: Reddit, official forums #1, #2 . Thanks to the Grand Nagus for the tip!
Update: Reader Leiloni has pointed to tweets from some of the devs tirelessly working to fix the game:

Reddit thumbed-up this sacrifice.

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DarkWombat
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DarkWombat

ColdinT  I was all prepared for something deep and insightful with that first
sentence, but turns out you’re just a troll. I’m left disappointed.

CathyHoyns
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CathyHoyns

Listen I think this game is fun and has a lot of potential.  There was a rush of players that came in some old, some new and it was causing horrendous lag times, ques, etc.  But they have since added some additional servers and I have noticed a great deal of improvement.  From time to time it still gets really laggy, I do think it must be a memory leak because when I shut the client down and restart my computer it is completely lag and glitch free for at least an hour.  Anyway, I have seen other games have similar issues and it is always dicey when a new game comes out or if a game goes FTP suddenly.  Be thankful you don’t have to spend money to play this game.  It is worth at least playing around with for awhile, give it a chance folks.

Obzedat
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Obzedat

Sazri Obzedat So people playing this game are all new to the game?  Why the goldrush?  If nothing has changed since launch, other then removing a monthly sub, why are people playing it unless they never played before.  Which makes my question a valid one – what has changed?  If I got bored after a month, going F2P isn’t going to change that.

DugFromTheEarth
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DugFromTheEarth

Valkyriez Love how everything is black and white to some people. The mutliple shades of grey in between just dont exist i take it?

Yes, taking the extreme examples of what I stated above, you could have a game that took 15 years to make, and 500 million dollars to produce. On the flip side, you could have a game that took 10 dollars to make, and only 1 day.

My point about IMPROVING things, was never about the most extreme method of betterment. If a game was crap because they only spent 3 months testing it… then take 6 months. (but see what you did, was automatically bump it to 6 years, making it sound outrageous).

Any amount of money above what they have spent, and any amount of time above what they have spent, only work towards making an improvement.  Spending one more day may only improve 0.01% of the problems, but thats STILL an improvement. Spending 1 more month might actually fix 10% more bugs and tech issues.

Valkyriez
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Valkyriez

You just made a game that costs so much to make that it never recoups it’s cost and clears a profit. Spending ages on development and hardware only makes it more expensive to make and obsolete when it releases.

wjowski
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wjowski

ManastuUtakata BKone Samizdat 
And between all this they couldn’t be arsed to set up more server space?

wjowski
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wjowski

Skyewauker DugFromTheEarth 
And here comes the bog-standard ‘Let’s see you do better!’ apologist, right on schedule.

wjowski
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wjowski

Skyewauker Neo_Wolf 
Except this isn’t a launch.

wjowski
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wjowski

Zariarn MeddlingMage 
How much more time could it possibly need?

wjowski
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wjowski

Wildstar shitting the bed, as usual.