NCSOFT together with developer Carbine Studios have today announced that the closed beta for MMO WildStar's transition to free-to-play is now live.
In addition to stripping away WildStar's previous premium business model, the new free-to-play update for Carbine Studios MMO will also bring with it a raft of new content too.
MMO WildStar is facing up to reality that a subscription-based model just doesn't cut it, and so are switching over to free-to-play this fall. The whole game will be "open for players to explore for free."
Cosmetics and boosts will be purchasable with NCoin, but there's an 'equivalent item' that can be earned in-game. Progression remains unchanged and 'power cannot be bought', assures the developer.
According to a page on the, spotted by the good chaps over , Carbine Studios' light-hearted sci-fi MMO WildStar could soon be coming to the retail platform as a “Free on Demand” game.
So... does that mean free-to-play? Probably, but that term is so horribly loaded now it's no surprise to see Carbine come up with a slightly different terminology.
WildStar's latest update,, has been released, adding a whole bunch of customisation options to the colourful sci-fi MMO. Oh, and a bunch of new missions too, if you're into that sort of thing.
Initialization Core Y-83 is a catchily-named 20-person raid, while Star-Comm Basin is a new level-50 zone with daily event content. New Protostar Contracts give players PvE or PvP objectives to fulfil across Nexus, and offer rewards to those who manage to complete them.
Initialization Core Y-83 is the name of the new 20-player raid that's coming toWildStar. Tom 'Hildogen' Cassera has spilled the beans on the new raid, which comes with its own prologue.
It doesn't have an 'attunement process', but instead favours an optional quest that can be completed solo. It's a "bite-sized raid" with a single major boss and can be completed in less than 30 minutes.