WildStar pens a retrospective on the game in 2017 while looking ahead to 2018

    
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How would you rate the year 2017 for WildStar? As far as director Chad Moore is concerned, it went pretty well as a whole. And he certainly does make his case, as the year saw the rollout of Communities, the Prime Matrix, a number of new bits of content at Prime difficulty, and a new Expedition and Dungeon alike. So there was a lot on deck for players, all things considered, even if much of it did involve content players are likely familiar with by now.

As for the next year, the letter is thin on specifics for 2018 plans, but it does assure players that the game is still being supported and that there’s no reason whatsoever to worry about its future. Whether or not that makes you less worried or more worried is left to the individual player to decide, but at least you know that there’s been some life in the game from last year, and there’s the hope of more for the year ahead.

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kanbe

Our game is fine. There is no need for players to worry about the future. Now where I have heard that before? Oh ya, Gazillion.

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Danny Smith

“no need to worry about the games future” – says the man standing outside a longburning tirefire.

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RJB

OH YEAH Vibrant community when the game is fking dead they are on avg 100-150 ppl playing at most times severe denmial like this is why the game is in its place their leadership is terrible their marketing is terrible to say that the year was great is a slap in the face to the community

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Utakata

Outside of this being a fine example of Poe’s Law…that’s quite the run on sentence that looks like wasn’t quite done with when you broke it off. o.O

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RJB

Yada yada grammar natzi all i heard

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Bruno Brito

You could at least learn how to say “Nazi”.

That being said: Who are you to say what is a slap in the face or not? If anything, the Wildstar Community is EXTREMELY loyal. Yeah, the radio silence hurts a bit, but everyone in the forums understood that they CAN’T talk about anything right now.

But hey, i’m sure your furry badly written opinion is something we should go by.

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Utakata

Grammar isn’t the interesting part here though. It’s that you believe in the nonsense you just face rolled out on your keyboard. O.o

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Dug From The Earth

Id say this games biggest, current problem, is the unspoken uncertainty of if it could be shut down at any given moment.

That alone is enough to make a vast number of players not want to jump in and invest any time in the game. Fear of having all your time and effort taken away from you suddenly, at least makes me not want to even bother at all, even though im interested in playing.

Which is why statements like this:

Carbine and NCSOFT are continuing to support the game for the foreseeable future

dont make me feel any more confident in the game being there tomorrow. In the business world, “foreseeable future” has an assortment of meanings, including the point in which NCSOFT determines

1. The game isnt profitable
2. The game doesnt fit their “Vision” anymore
3. The game is operating at a loss

etc

Any of those things could mean the “foreseeable future” is actually only 1 week out, and the following week, the plug gets pulled.

They also dont really seem focused on finding better ways to get people to invest and spend money, let alone play. The monthly “sub” for the game simply isnt appealing enough to get most people to even consider paying for it. Especially compared to other similar games, like Swtor and ESO, where the motivation to sub, is a LOT better. (especially in ESO’s case)

When a company no longer seems to care about if the game can bring in more money that its currently bringing in, thats a bad sign. Hell. NCsoft hasnt even posted the games earnings on their public reports for over a year now!

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Cosmic Cleric

Well written.

I’d return to the game tomorrow if I knew that my time would not be wasted by an untimely shutdown.

Its actually a great MMO now, and I want to return, but I need something more than “foreseeable”.

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Bruno Brito

Well, i agree with everything but:

Wildstar been in this situation for like 3 years already. It’s always looming towards it’s sunset, and more than 900 days gone by in this situation.

So, i honestly think people should give it a bit more credit.

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Dug From The Earth

The last game under NCsoft that was in the same position for several years, was shut down suddenly. (CoH/CoV) I dont feel like purposely putting myself into a likely situation that could end very likely in the same way.

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Bruno Brito

Doesn’t matter. CoH was ONE game. Aion is still there. So is WS.

How old was CoH when it shut down?

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Dug From The Earth

City of Heroes/Villians
Master X Master
Tabula Rasa

Thats 3 games I was really into, all from NCsoft, that all got shut down while I was still very much into the game.

3 strikes is enough for me not to trust that a struggling game, under NCsoft, isnt going to be around for as long as Id like it to be.

Aion still makes NCsoft enough money for them to report its earnings in their public reports. Despite being older, its more of a profitable game for NCsoft than WS is.

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Cosmic Cleric

So, i honestly think people should give it a bit more credit.

Don’t get me wrong, I do.

But!, I need a “long enough runway to land on”, if you get my meaning?

Doesn’t matter how long its been in this situation up to now, it matters how much LONGER it’ll be around from today. Hence my wanting to hear something more along the lines of “We won’t close it down for at least a year”, vs. what we do hear which is “no plans presently” type of comments (to generalize).

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Knox Harrington

While I get what you’re saying, it’s not a waste of time if you’re having fun. If you like the game then play it. If it dies, it dies. There is not one single MMO where you own your characters. You’re just renting them and at any point, your landlord can decide to not renew your lease and evict you. If all you ever do is think about the future, you’ll miss out on the present.

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Dug From The Earth

When that fun is cut short, its met with a bunch of other negative reactions.

Especially if a large part of that fun, is having goals, and trying to achieve those goals. When something artificially prevents you from reaching those goals (ie: the game suddenly shutting down), its just disappointing.

And you are right with all those other examples… the one thing you leave out though in your comparison, is the likely hood that those things will happens.

In Wildstars case, everything about the state of the game, and who is standing behind it (NCsoft) makes me personally believe its a lot more likely to happen for it, than say, with other mmorpgs I play. Could WoW shut down tomorrow? Yes, its a possibility. But its not as likely as Wildstar shutting down IMO.

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Knox Harrington

True, NCSoft does not exactly instill consumer confidence given their track record, but if I enjoyed Wildstar, I’d be drowning myself in it while I still can because one day it will be gone and probably a lot sooner than later. I guess it’s just a perspective thing really.

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Greaterdivinity

Looking ahead is apparently, “We’re not closing down…yet!”

I mean, they did what they could with the retrospective of last year, but I think it would have been better had they relayed…any information about what was coming around the pike this year beyond, “There aren’t plans to shutter the game.”

That’s good and all, but it doesn’t necessarily instill much confidence : /

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Bruno Brito

Well, it’s been here for pretty much three years now? So, while i’m also not much confident, i gotta say, it’s not dead yet.

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Dug From The Earth

Im pretty sure most people playing City of Heroes said similar things :P

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Bruno Brito

Yeah, but Wildstar is better, so… :^)

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Utakata

At the same time, they’re still kicking around. Giving them the confidence and allusion that this game is going to be around for sometime, actual, perceived or otherwise. o.O

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Dug From The Earth

Which could be a result of them not being allowed to spread doom and gloom due to things like legal contracts and such. Many companies promote “Everything great” even when the people in charge know its going to end. They arent allowed to tell anyone until its deemed time to tell everyone, at which point, its already too late.

If NCsoft is planning to shut things down, Im sure they want to take in as much money as this can up until that point, and the best way to insure that, is to not announce “Hey, we plan on shutting things down in 3 months”

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Utakata

I’m really not an expert here on the “what if’s”. If they do get shuttered, none of us will likely be surprised. If they don’t, then NC are seeing things in this game we don’t…which would likely come to most of us as a pleasant surprise. /shrug :)