WildStar’s Nexus Forever emulator previews a mostly functional housing system

Plus the community is having a partay this weekend

    
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Sure, WildStar had some endgame things like high-level Adventures, dungeons, and raids, but for many players (self included), the real endgame was housing. So imagine my delight when I learned that Nexus Forever, the in-development WildStar emulator, has started to make housing functional.

A video update posted for this past September has confirmed that housing plots are operational, along with plot remodeling features like changing the ground, sky, and background music as well as the ability to place prefab plots and change features to the outside of a placed house. According to one Redditor’s account, most decor items should be operational, though interactive elements of plots or decor items aren’t functioning right now and players cannot enter their house yet. The video also confirms that vanity pets are working and mob random movement is working.

This is the most recent update from Nexus Forever since one from this past June, which provided a look at the Medic class in action on the emulator.

If all of this has you pining for the fjords of Nexus, then there’s a reunion planned on Discord this coming Saturday, November 30th, at 9:00 p.m. EST, which promises a karaoke party, the opportunity for friends old and new to meet up, and “private server shenanigans.”

sources: YouTube via Reddit, WildStar Reddit (1, 2)
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Aldristavan

I loved Wildstar so much. I’m so happy to see the emu is progressing!

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kajidourden

Man I miss this game.

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Bruno Brito

Oh, i’ll be playing the shit out of this, for sure.

John Artemus
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John Artemus

I’m kind of new to the whole emulator thing. I know there’s one for Warhammer Online. And I think City of Heroes?

Question. How are these legal? Is it fine as long as they are not making any money off of it? Because it’s not like they’re a secret or anything.

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goobie-goo M

They sit in a sortof legal grey area at least theoretically for many of them. The reason they’re called ’emulators’ is that they are not usually using any software made by the original developers. Instead, emulator devs create their ‘own’ back-end server software that “emulates” the back-end server software that the original game worked from allowing the game client (that is on the player end) to function again.

Think about it in terms of something like an FPS game that has a single player and multiplayer component. The client is able to run the single-player and multiplayer on its own but without active servers the multiplayer component doesn’t function. If you view mmo emulators the same way, the player held client (assuming you purchased your own copy) is already capable of playing the game with whatever server feedback.

So if you purchase a copy of the game, and the server side tech is not using anything owned by the developers nothing is technically being stolen. Having said that, it still will likely be seen as an unfair violation of a company’s rights and courts would likely favor the company if push came to shove. Part of the reason why many exist without or with minimal threat is that they don’t care or the cost/benefit doesn’t seem favorable (servers in countries difficult to prosecute, small number of players, game that is dead anyway, etc.).

John Artemus
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John Artemus

Gotcha. Thanks for the explainer. So, in a nutshell, when an MMO shuts down, what the company essentially does is shut down the servers. But the game client itself, which is on my PC, is still capable of running. It just needs back-end servers to function.

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Aiun Tanks

Warhammer Online? Really?

Now there’s something I wouldn’t mind seeing come back like Classic…

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Neurotic

TIL there’s a Wildstar emu in development. Yay!

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Techno Wizard

When older emulated MMO’s are more popular than retail MMO’s then it just goes to show what a crock modern retail is like these days.