NCSOFT and Carbide Studios’ WildStar, one of 2014’s more successful MMOs, is set to become free-to-play during the fall of 2015. In honor of the massive switch, NCSOFT has released a brand new announcement trailer and a handful of screenshots.
WildStar, a “fantastical sci-fi MMO,” sets players on the mystical world of Nexus, where they can join up with others to undertake epic quests and gather exotic equipment. The game features detailed character customization, exciting combat, and “one of the most powerful housing systems ever seen in a MMORPG.”
With the switch to F2P, every player will be able to reach level 50, access all abilities and Amps, and partake in every dungeon raid and mission, solo or PVP. The entirety of the game will now be available to the players.
There will still be the option for players to pay a monthly fee, which will “convenience bonuses and enhancements to XP, crafting, currency, item drops, and reputation.” Every item available for in-game purchase will also be available to players who wish to invest more time than money into the game, and experience points are still not for sale.
Carbide product director Mike Donatelli had the following to say regarding the transition:
“At the beginning of 2015, we outlined key points of focus for WildStar to help make this great game even better, focusing heavily on player feedback and bringing meaningful changes. We continue to deliver on those points and feel strongly that removing the subscription cost will give everyone who loves MMOs, or just wants to have an incredible gaming experience, a chance to try WildStar.”
Players looking to continue paying from June to the final F2P transition in fall will be rewarded with exclusive items in-game, and those that have maintained an account since launch and maintain through transition will receive additional rewards. More information regarding the transition bonuses can be found on their website.
Along with the F2P transition, Carbide will also be further changes to the game’s dynamics, including:
- “Streamlining player and item stats to be much more intuitive while adding high-level options to give players more flexibility.”
- “Making the Amp system easier to use by unlocking all Amp slots.”
- “Reviewing dungeons and open world content so that the experience is challenging, but not brutal.”
- “Changing the tutorial and early game experience to provide a better and quicker introduction.”
Want more information regarding WildStar‘s crossover to F2P? Tune into their livestream at 10 AM PDT on Friday, May 29 to learn more. In the meantime, check out the brand new announcement trailer and screenshots!