WildStar’s lead writer is gone too

Over the weekend, former WildStar Product Director Mike Donatelli and Design Director Chris Behrens announced on Twitter that their last day working for Carbine on WildStar had come. Now we’ve learned that Lead Writer Cory Herndon is gone too.

While it’s tempting to assume that last week’s devastating financial report is to blame, Carbine told Massively OP last weekend that the departures are part of the layoffs that occurred back in March and that the employees just now leaving had stayed on to finish up specific projects — which we might conclude means the impending Steam launch.

“On March 11, Carbine Studios conducted a reorganization and staff reduction. While almost all of the staff cuts were effective immediately, a handful of the people impacted were asked to remain at Carbine for a few additional weeks in order to complete key projects. Today, the Carbine team remains hard at work on a number of upcoming game and content updates for WildStar.”

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Nanulak
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Nanulak

I really liked alot of things about this game with one exception.  The combat was not my cup of tea.  If they tried a FF like redo and rework the combat [less twitchy]I think It may have a better chance.

SallyBowls1
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Ironwu SallyBowls1  I guess I agree. OTOH, who knows if the people making the decisions now are the same as then. TBH, if you had shown a CoH alumnus the actual WS numbers prior to launch my guess is most would have predicted a shut down before now.  IMO, no China was the death knell for WS.  So if they were going to pull the plug, that would have seemed liked the logical time to do it.  But they didn’t, so I don’t expect anything real soon. After Steam, ….

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dragonwhimsy ElMutharino breetoplay Styopa SoMuchMass Syco_at_Twitch I think BnS’s next QUARTER numbers are going to take a tumble – they took a beating in players when BD came out, and (IMO) while BnS is flashy, it’s ultimately a very shallow game.  I don’t think it would have legs in any context.

ZenDadaist
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ZenDadaist

Well it -is- part of the devastating finanical report. They knew what was going to be in that report long before it was released! With letting go of their highest paid staff, bringing the soundtrack to market etc – they’re seeing if they can get any sort of positive income out of the game before it’s properly closed. It’s patently clear they are no longer going to be investing anything more into it.

dragonwhimsy
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ElMutharino breetoplay Styopa SoMuchMass Syco_at_Twitch GW2’s numbers are pretty close to B&S’s numbers. And GW2’s china sales aren’t even reflected there. And B&S’s numbers in the west will decrease once they’ve caught up with all the content. Western audiences still think B&S has a fast content cadence, they are wrong. Once they are caught up with the eastern version of the game they will realize that.

B&S will do great this year. And that’ll get enough people deeply invested enough that B&S will be relevant for a long time to come. But this time next year it won’t be doing any better than GW2.

dragonwhimsy
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JudgeDavid101 ElMutharino GW2 is in absolutely in no danger with those numbers. The person you are responding to is highly ignorant. If Aion is in no danger how could GW2 be in any?

GW2 is doing really well, especially when you consider it does what it does without a famous IP and with no console versions (something that gives big boosts to FFXIV, Neverwinter, and ESO).

Yes HoT’s wasn’t as successful as they hoped, but it was still successful. GW2 is still one of their top performers.

dragonwhimsy
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dragonwhimsy

ElMutharino GW2 isn’t next, it’s one of the most successful western MMO’s. The earnings report does say that HoT’s box sales weren’t as high as they hoped, but that gem sales are strong. It also doesn’t show China sales of GW2 while B&S shows both eastern and western sales. 

GW2 is still doing really well and the misjudgments they made with HoT’s were mostly corrected in the April patch (the people working on the next expansion were even taken off of that for two months to make HoT’s map changes so that the people working on the next expansion would be the ones learning the needed lessons).

HoT’s kept the audience it already had entertained the last few months and that audience was already large by western MMO standards (excluding WoW), it’s failure was in not luring the massive amount of people back it had lost over the years. That is unfortunate but it DID lay a strong foundation of systems, features, and progression that those people will enjoy when ANet releases a more content rich expansion in the future, modified by all the lessons they learned by HoT’s reception. 

And say what you will about HoT’s, it’s long term enhancements of GW2 will be felt long after Heavensward and Legion content is obsolete and forgotten.

BryanCo
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Syco_at_Twitch xania  I think it more likely that the Steam launch won’t ever actually happen.

BryanCo
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BryanCo

SallyBowls1  NCSoft’s history indicates that being ‘just a small loss overall’ is not going to save Wildstar.  Sentimentality is not something the company is known for.

StClair
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Cambruin StClair It’s the kind of laugh that’s accompanied by a drawn-out, sympathetic “fuuuuu–“