WildStar is probably not sunsetting until at least the end of the year

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When NCsoft announced it was closing Carbine and sunsetting WildStar, it didn’t include one key detail: when that sunset will occur. In fact, it so panicked us that MJ raced into the game for a stream, not knowing whether it might be her last.

But then Carbine – or what’s left of it – kept turning on and promoting events in the game, making people think maybe we’ve got a bit more time left than we originally assumed. That turns out to indeed be the case.

In response to a player who inquired about Shade’s Eve and Winterfest – the Halloween and Christmas events specifically – Community Manager Sunshine suggests that both will occur this year. “I assure you that both events will be available and we’ll let you know those dates soon,” Sunshine writes.

Players are taking this to mean the game will stay up at least through the end of the year, although it’s also possible NCsoft means to run them back to back next week. The former seems a bit more likely, however, unless you think NCsoft is being intentionally cruel, and we don’t. Still, can anyone else think of another MMORPG that announced a hard sunset but didn’t announce dates? Might be a good idea to get what you need to get done sooner rather than later regardless.

Source: Official forums via @Meyoline. Thanks, TJ!
Update: It looks as if the caution was warranted. “What I said is that we will be having these events once more, AND that we’re working on those dates–which could be defined as us running them at different times than what we have in the past,” CM Sunshine has clarified on the forums. “What I can say for sure is that the dates are locked down, our QA is currently testing the content, and we will give you all plenty of notice as to when the events will be happening in-game.”¬†Sunshine also denied rumors that another studio might be taking over the IP. “We have multiple teams working on multiple projects, all at the same time. WildStar is one of those projects. Think of it like a flight control tower at an airport–tons of planes landing and taking off and there’s tons of coordination between multiple teams to make sure that things run smoothly.”
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