WildStar Goes Down The Free-to-Play Road
Carbine Studios and NCSoft have just announced that WildStar will become free to play starting this autumn. The game will feature an optional membership for a monthly fee that will provide a few bonuses to experience, crafting, reputation and item drop.
Those who pay will also have additional costume, character, bank, supply and décor items. For the in-game store, NCoin will enable players to buy convenience or cosmetic items. In almost every case, items that are available for purchase via NCoin will have equivalent items available for players that want to invest time rather than money.
“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”, said Mike Donatelli, product director, Carbine Studios. “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”.
All players will be able to level to 50, acquire all Amps and abilities, and participate in all dungeons, raids, adventures, shiphands, and PvP. The entirety of the game will be open for players to explore for free.