MMO Week in Review: WildStar’s second chance (September 27, 2015)

    
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WildStar’s relaunch as a free-to-play MMO is bearing down on us this Tuesday. This week, Carbine introduced new quality-of-life changes, gussied up its lighting, put the auction hall on hold, and opened the beta for everyone. If you’re thinking of giving the game a second chance, don’t miss either the studio’s checklist or our own tips for new and returning players.

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

STAR WARS: THE OLD REPUBLIC
CAMELOT UNCHAINED
CSE is creating 30 classes for Camelot Unchained - Camelot Unchained's current plans are to create a whopping 30 classes for the game, which means a heck of a lot of reveals over the coming months. City State Entertainment decided to include its community in…
Camelot Unchained boss talks classes, new hires, and more - Camelot Unchained's end-of-the-week update was published earlier this weekend. Head honcho Mark Jacobs revisited the big class presentation reveal, and explained that the RvR sandbox's class system will be "a bit less symmetrical than it was…
THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES
Exploring RIFT 3.4: Into the Wilds with Trion Worlds - Coming "really, really soon" to RIFT is the MMO's fourth major update of the year, Into the Wilds. Patch 3.4 is so big, in fact, that Trion Worlds considers it an expansion-worthy update in all but name…
Now you can watch 7 minutes of pre-alpha Crowfall PvP - How about some Crowfall PvP footage? No, it's not from one of ArtCraft's ubiquitous dev blogs, but rather from a YouTube user who captured nearly seven minutes of fighting from the fantasy title's pre-alpha Hunger Dome tests. As you…
Guild Wars 2 designers tinker with the Scrapper - None of the elite specializations in Guild Wars 2 has been received wholly without comment or objection, and the Scrapper is no exception. Designer Irenio Calmon-Huang took to the forums recently to address player concerns, both…
Funcom’s The Park shows off a trio of creepy screenshots - Funcom released a trio of new screenshots today for The Park, the upcoming Secret World single-player spin-off that's slated for release next month. The pictures show the main character, Lorraine, for the first time, as well…
Divergence Online adds consensual PvP server stretch goal - Yesterday, we published a detailed interview with Ethan Casner, one of the devs behind Star Wars Galaxies-inspired Divergence Online. The response was more or less as expected: a comment section debating the merits and flaws of its…
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Every week, get caught up on the MMO genre’s latest news and Massively OP’s best content in our MMO Week in Review! Want more roundups of content? Try Friday’s Betawatch for MMO testing highlights, Saturday’s Make My MMO for MMO crowdfunding updates, and Sunday’s The MOP Up, which mops up all the little bits of news we didn’t cover anywhere else.

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ManastuUtakata
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karmamule ManastuUtakata Malorey solipsis 
Good catch! o.O

bryanjturner
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The main reason I know about Wildstar is because NCSoft put a higher priority over it than a potential GW2 expansion.

bryanjturner
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bryanjturner

I will be at work for the midnight extravaganza but I have plenty of popcorn at the ready to enjoy the launch drama!

karmamule
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ManastuUtakata Malorey solipsis Well, given the username, the 3 people might have been me, myself, and I….  ;-)

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izumicatatl

Really happy about the Wildstar f2p change. I’m hoping there have been other end-game changes as well to keep it a bit more interesting. Who knows, maybe more will be able to actually go raiding this time around. It looks really fun (if raiding is your kind of thing). 

I think my largest disappointment at max level was the fact that there were only two zones for dailies (and it’s definitely the same dailies every day) … I would have preferred at least something else to keep it a bit more interesting. At least something more challenging besides the raid. Who knows, maybe I just missed something? I know they’ve had more content releases since I last played.

jonny_sage
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jonny_sage

Are we planning on having a site guild in Wildstar? Im sure a lot of us will be playing, now thats its free.

ManastuUtakata
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Malorey ManastuUtakata solipsis 
Such a ridiculously obscure sample number to come any meaningful statistical conclusion then. Yet, this person has generated (or trolled) multiple responses to his post. And I know, I am guilty as anyone else here in replying to it too. :(

MetaDune
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MetaDune

I know, I was exaggerating lol

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MetaDune solipsis Even this week right before launch, when the infoflow is at its strongest, we had only seven WildStar articles, and that included a stream and a column. :P

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Llokki ClassicCrime Thanks for the correction! I apparently had lighting on the brain because of the next part of that sentence. :D