MMO Week in Review: WildStar is saving itself (May 31, 2015)

    
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Just in time for its first birthday, Carbine formally announced WildStar’s free-to-play transition this week; it’s due in the fall and is part of NCsoft’s stated intent of bolstering its Western roster. Our own WildStar expert Eliot Lefebvre, who’s been heavily critical of the game’s first year, thinks there’s still hope for the game.

Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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MewmewGirl
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There is definitely still hope for the game as a free to play title.  Actually I will be returning to the game when it goes free to play, and probably spending a lot more than I did when I paid to play monthly.  To me it’s more fun with lots more players there playing and there will be far more around once it’s free.  I always did like the game too, and I even like the Path systems.

goettel
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goettel

Bitrip You’d still need to buy a box after the trial ends though.

goettel
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goettel

groo the wanderer LF TM vs SS redux as well.
Make it so, Carbine.

groo the wanderer
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groo the wanderer

Trying the Wildstar ten day trial at the moment . It seems a pretty solid game from first impressions . I will be interested to see how it does when it goes free to play . If the pvp server picks up and there is world pvp similar to what Warcraft had around Vanilla I might be interested . I don’t think its something I would want to play on a pve server though I have enough pve mmos that I play .

groo the wanderer
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groo the wanderer

SoMuchMass So essentially if you play no free to play games all you are left with is EVE , WoW , FF14 and a few less successful titles that are limping on with a subscription or buy to play games like TESO , GW2 and TSW . Not much choice is there if you don’t like free to play and I wouldn’t put money on any of the new games that are coming up being able to maintain a subscription model much longer than TESO and Wildstar did . 

Personally I find free to play a mix bag some of them have very generous free to play models and others are more like very long free trials before you hit a pay wall . One thing I have noticed is that when a game goes free to play that the community goes downhill is pretty much a myth . Games that had a good community prior to free to play remain good communities because of the style of game it is ( I still have yet to put one person on ignore in lotro after 8 years of playing it ) .

steakncheese
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steakncheese

Bitrip

Bitrip
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Bitrip

As ironic as this is, WildStar offers a 10-day trial which is actually just enough time for you to make enough in-game money to purchase a month of play time. xD

blast tyrant
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blast tyrant

TehAcidBaron blast tyrant Sure it is a unique mechanic, no argument here, but if only 10-20% of your players are using it I think its a mistake to focus all of your testing, development, and analysis on it.  But that type of game play has never appealed to me, so if it’s your thing we could probably go round and round about it with no particular solution.    In any event, my position was that  I agree with Elliot’s take has been vis a vis expanding endgame to encompass more than raids and I’m pretty happy with what I’m seeing in the game now.  I hope that people that share my perception of things try it out with the F2P launch because there is a diverse amount of content in the game now, as far as I can see.  Regardless of what I thought the game was, or was trying to do, my impression of it now is that it is a unique game with engaging combat, a well crafted environment, and a humorous attitude.

TehAcidBaron
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blast tyrant TehAcidBaron

It’s hard to determine that if wildstar focus was purely and intentionally on end-game raiding simply because it was the only content somewhat finished around. The impressions created even by inquiries of the developers on fanboards and beta boards told us a different tale as it showed a clear interest into solo ‘progression’.

Months later it does seem quite a few things were in the works and you can now earn epic gear through other means, with contracts f.ex.

Near launch nothing of this was to be seen and the reply i got from the former game developer didn’t really answer much on that front, despite a lengthy reply.

Elliot is just one voice of many and i have noticed quite a bit of misinformation in his “blogs”. 

But do i find that raiding was a bad thing for the mmo genre? No not at all raids are one of the few things a mmo can offer and is unique. No other genre can bring forth larger PvE challenges. 
Those people have just as much say as you put into it, people who got a lot to say on the feedback process are people that are proven testers and can write good reports not due to their standing.

Rozyn
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Rozyn

blast tyrant Rozyn TehAcidBaron I save my seething hatred for boring dailies lol. The contracts and stuff they added do look interesting, and I’m hoping they put some of that creative energy that the game is chock full of into a fun, varied end-game.