WildStar to go free-to-play this autumn
From NCSoft’s press release:
Following the transition this autumn, 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.
Players may also purchase an optional membership for a monthly fee that will provide various convenience bonuses and enhancements to XP, crafting, currency, item drops and reputation. Members will gain additional character, costume, 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. One thing that will not be available for purchase is power – progression will continue to require both skill and effort.
This autumn, in addition to going free-to-play, Carbine will be working to make even more quality of life and content changes within WildStar:
- 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.
From the looks of things, NCSoft will be offering a very generous free-to-play model. Personally when I look at this model I don’t see a need to ever subscribe or buy any convenience or cosmetic items, but that’s just me because if every other free-to-play game sells convenience and cosmetic items it must be a correct business practice.
For those who are currently paying a subscription fee to WildStar I wouldn’t unsubscribe just yet as NCSoft will be providing “Players who maintain a subscription from 15th June, 2015, through the free-to-play transition will receive exclusive items and rewards.”
For more information on WildStar, visit http://www.wildstar-online.com.
Author: Aaron Meehan
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