The Daily Grind: Will you play WildStar once it’s free-to-play?

    
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Ever since the rumors began that WildStar was about to flip the switch on a new free-to-play business model, I’ve been pondering whether I’ll give it another try. Now that we know for sure the conversion is happening this fall, that decision will soon be upon us all.

A lot of disgruntled subbers take this position: If the game wasn’t worth buying before, why would it be worth your time now that even the studio doesn’t think it’s worth charging for? To me, it comes down to a balance of time and money. Before, just checking out the game cost both. Soon, it won’t.

Will I like what it’s become and stick around? That’s another story. But I would like to see whether those cool cupcakes at Carbine can pull off the sharp course-correction needed to turn the gameplay into something that flies in 2015.

Howsabout you? Will you play WildStar once it’s free-to-play?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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1989slayer
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1989slayer

No way im going to play it again After release i played total of 48 hours then gone back to WoW to me it felt lifeless and clunky, it could have been so much more, Not once since then have i ever logged in.

michaelramm
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michaelramm

I really enjoyed playing it, but then my eye wandered to another game and I stopped playing. Now that it will be free, i will re-download it and try it out again.

schmidtcapela
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schmidtcapela

I don’t think so. The subscription was never the reason I passed WildStar, the game’s “raid or die” attitude isn’t something I look for in MMOs.

Xvim
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Xvim

No, I didn’t enjoy the game. My sub was still ticking down, but I haven’t played for a long time. Even so, I had hoped they would do well and hope that this helps because even though it isn’t the game I want, it doesn’t benefit me (or anyone) for it to fail.
It makes me sad that it eliminates one of the few sub option games out there.

Aquarion
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Aquarion

MatthewRiddle It’s a double-lose scenario: If you turn off guild invites by default, newbies never join guilds and miss a large bit of the game. If you turn it on by default, newbies get spammed and quit. I quite liked the system that LOTRO does, where anyone 100% free has a lot of restrictions, anyone who pays *anything at all* gets elevated to fewer restrictions (including guilds), and subs just get more things. (I’m unclear on exactly what more things, I bought a lifetime sub about three weeks before they announced F2P. I am not bitter.)

Keraph
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Keraph

I’m planning to pop back into the game once it’s free. I had fun with it, but let my sub lapse for a few months to do other stuff and just never felt enough of an urge to re-sub again. Now that there’s nothing in the way of just playing the game again, I’ve got no good reason not to!

MikedotFoster
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MikedotFoster

I’ve been waiting! Ill absolutely play it.

Rouzeki
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Rouzeki

Without a doubt I’ll TRY it, but whether or not I get into it depends on how successful the changes are and how punishing F2P is.

fangGWJ
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fangGWJ

Yes.  That is all.  I will try and purchase the game beforehand for the added benefits (12 character slot instead of 2 and 5 bank thingies instead of 2)

djnesh
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djnesh

Subbed for some time and got fed up of the emptiness…
If F2P brings healthy player numbers on the Dominion side I may get back.