PC MMO WildStar from former Blizzard devs goes gold, launches in full June 3

Developer Carbine Studios confirms the news today at PAX East.

Carbine Studios' upcoming MMO WildStar--developed by a team of former Blizzard Entertainment designers--has gone gold, the company announced today during a presentation at PAX East 2014 in Boston, Mass. The game launches in full on June 3.

When WildStar launches this summer, you'll be able to buy two versions of the game. The Standard Edition will include the game, 30 days of play time, and three 7-day friend passes, as well as an Eldan-themed housing decor item. For $75, you can buy the Digital Deluxe version, which includes everything from the Standard Edition, as well as exclusive digital content like an Eldan Hoverboard, a unique costume, a unique Eldan player title, and a limited-edition Eldan dye set.

WildStar's business model is a hybridized. Carbine Studios will sell a monthly subscription for $15, while you can also use an in-game item called C.R.E.D.D. to earn game time. You can do this through buying it from other players using in-game gold or you can purchase it directly from Carbine Studios at the WildStar website for $20.

For more on WildStar, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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njs72
njs72

Guys, i thought id hate this game and was certain ESO would be my new mmo. I played in the beta over the easter wkend and guys, this game is a fuking blast. As much as i love ESO, soon as wildstar releases ill quit ESO for sure. This was really unexpected.

trueepower44
trueepower44

The graphics in this game.... horrible. To each their own though, hope people have fun with this one.

BurningUp99
BurningUp99

This game has double jumping?  Seriously?   What are we playing Unreal Tournament here?   Titanfall?   Sounds like stupid concept for a MMO imo.   I'm picturing all the really young twitchy gamers getting into this game.  Older MMO'ers not so much.


BurningUp99
BurningUp99

I'm up to mid level content in ESO and I totally love the game..they are already adding new content even though most people are still low level.  I recommend trying the game and not waiting for this.  You might end up waiting for this and be letdown.  I will give this a try but I'm not sure if I'm real on board with how they are doing some things in the game.   They did a lot of things right with ESO especially when it comes to the game economy.     Min maxers are failing and it's hilarious.... in ESO there are so many ways to build a character and there is an overcharge system so pumping up one stat to the extreme is impossible to do. 

jyml8582
jyml8582

I will wait and see how their hybrid model works out for everyone.

1wikkid1
1wikkid1

Essentially they're letting people convert real money into game money... want that super epic piece of gear? Go buy some CREDDs and trade them to the lucky looter for your epic lewts. I sure hope they spent some serious time working out their anti-botting systems... I can almost see the unemployed in China rubbing their hands in anticipation of the release. 

justinka777
justinka777

this game looks amazing and now especially that you can go self sufficient with in game money like EVE. I also don't know why people think this will fail, they either haven't seen it in action or they were just sadly born unable to recognize fun.

stackomcmuffin
stackomcmuffin

WildStar hype is funny to watch. Have fun with SWTOR 2.0. 

Actually, that's how most MMOs are going to end up. I'm enjoying ESO right now, but that will also end up free to play. 

rosen22
rosen22

All these MMO experts. It's hardly insightful to bet that an MMO will fail. Wildstar will have a good core contingent though.

major_retard
major_retard

Another MMO with too much hype....It will be released and then in one or two days will be the reports of the first people hitting the level cap and finishing and waiting months for DLC. Meanwhile, other MMO tards will be reducing the "character creation" to a mathematical equation making it impossible to group unless you're one of 3 builds.


Yea...MMO's RUIN GAMING.

devilzzz1983
devilzzz1983

Pretty awesome when questing at level 9 or 10 vs level 10 or 11 enemies I needed to actually use pots to live.  Questing getting harder in mmorpgs?  Eh I hope so but I think even WildStar can make it tougher than they already have it.
 One thing I still despite is not more forced group questing.  I thought mmorpgs were about playing with others?  This should happen throughout the game and not just in dungeons and raids.  Seriously at least make 50% of questing group must and I will sub to that game.

Also if anyone says this is just another WOW and judges this game on screen shots and video uh guess what?  The game cranked max looks much different in game than in screen shots and videos.  Trust me.

40 man raids ... attunement .. and supposedly no nerfing of content!

jazzy_chua
jazzy_chua

 There is an awful lot of hostility going on in these comments. Heres what it boils down to: If you like the game, play it. If you dont like it, then dont. There is no reason to personally insult someone because they dont agree with your opinion of a game. No game has to be a "killer" of another, they can exist in the same space. Only time will tell how well the game does!


I am looking forward to playing the game. Been in beta since Dec and I've enjoyed the experience so far! 

Xyllix
Xyllix

Half of you bashing the game in the comments are the ones that play until level 9 then deem the game as repetitive, boring and lacking content.

Idiots..

RossRichard
RossRichard

Another month, another mediocre game from former blizzard devs.

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

75 bux for a ton of digital crap..  Suckas born every minute I suppose..

GameGazersDen
GameGazersDen

Awesome! I for one cant wait to play Wildstar! 

wildpair
wildpair

There are a lot of paid WoW fanboys and pumpers on all these threads.  I remember logging into my Warcraft account like 2 months ago.  Played for (2) days and then just canceled.  Cant do it anymore... nope I cannot. Not the stupid pandaria dailies. None of it.


Ordered WildStar.  Love it, medic and engineer in the betas.  The bots are really fun with Artillery stike and the bruiser bot stun/interrupts.  The movement and double jumping and all of it... new and totally awesome.


Let me say one thing, Wildstar is challenging.  Might not be for the softcore people who dont want to be actively engaged in gameplay.  


Anyways, going gold = 500,000 sales.


Going platinum = 1,000,000 sales.


Double platinum = 2,000,000 sales.



(3) weeks into preorders and they are at 500,000 I would say not bad.


People are hungering for something new - yet familiar. It is a paradox, and I think Carbine has hit it on the head with Wildstar.


No game has made me wake up feeling passion for gaming again.  I tried them all GW2, Rift, Warhammer, Tera, and many F2P.


Wildstar has me hungering for gaming again.  Not to be discounted.  I have been skeptical when it was new to me, defensive of Wow too, but I have caved... this game takes me back.  500,000 people cant be wrong and I think the number will be much, much higher.


Blizzard has a real and credible threat on their radar - beyond WoW just dying from boredom and sub loss - a good alternative will make this worse for them.


Its good to have an alternative though.  Get a beta key - get to at least level 16 or so because then really cool gameplay mechanics kick in.  The shiphands and adventures are so fun too.


ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

Lol you do realize that I haven't played WOW in years? I actually play many MMORPGs, from GW2 to Tera to Elder Scrolls Online to many many more. It just feels like a washed down version of mainstream mmorpgs, it does not have anything unique enough zo it. Fine if you enjoy it, I didn't the Beta at all and this is not only because it was unplayable on my notebook which otherwise plays anything at least fine and the many crashes I had on my Pc. I will still keep my preorder and look how it will play on release. But if it stays as it is I won't play it for more than like a week

PacoTaco
PacoTaco

I've played this beta and ESO beta and WIldstar feels much more polished than ESO.  I am not sure the irreverent tone of most of the questing/setting (and the character aesthetics) will appeal to as many people as ESO, but it’s going to be a great game for hardcore players.

Merseyak
Merseyak

cant wait for this game oh and for all you idiots out there its nothing like wow play the game before you speak

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

hate monthly subscription games

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

Too bad it looks and feels like a very bad version of WoW (or any other mainstream MMORPG). The only thing that kept me playing in the Beta was the battlesystem which showed where each attack will land, giving you more possibiloties to avoid them

nihilsustinet
nihilsustinet

@BurningUp99  Double jump = bad game? You're retarded. If you knew anything about the game, other than double jump, you'd know its the hardcore experience older, more experienced players have been waiting for. I've been playing since EQ and i can't wait.

shadedwraithx
shadedwraithx

@BurningUp99Yea but ESO has bad gameplay and your the only person saying the game economy is good everyone else says its a failed mess. I played betas for both, ESO came to me as a poorly down generic MMO with Elder Scrolls slapped onto it for  quick cash grab, my friends that bought it said they will not be picking it back up till it goes b2p/f2p. On the other hand Wildstar Beta was a much better experience despite the poor optimization they fixed the bugs after the first Beta, the game is a blast and fun to play, they have different play styles, and beginning content to end content for every type of MMO player pveer, pvper, raider. They did some much right with Wildstar, they took the time to scope out the best features of other MMOs and put them into Wildstar, and lets not forget Wildstar is from the original team of WoW, which is still the most successful MMO. The hybrid Model will defiantly help, from my experiences and gathered information Wildstar is going to be really great after launch, all they need to do is finish optimization, and it defiantly has the potential to be the next WoW. ESO..not so much, they have a lot of work to do after finishing the game before it can even come close to that path. Also I heard ESO pretty much as no End Game which doesn't go well for it, and its not party friendly enough.

nihilsustinet
nihilsustinet

@1wikkid1  You don't understand how CREDD works. it s NOT an item you can just freely trade. The ONE and ONLY way to get CREDD is to buy it from the market. When you sell CREDD on the market, you do not set the price. It fluctuates on it's own based on supply and demand, similar to gems in GW2. You can't just offer to trade someone CREDD for loot. Not to  mention most loot will be BoP anyway.

Bhemont
Bhemont

@stackomcmuffin  ESO is more of a SWTOR 2.0, with the full va and all.  Thinking WILDSTAR is more similar to WoW vanilla and TBC with added features and different combat system.  Which is enough for me at least for a month or two.  

Bhemont
Bhemont

@major_retard  Your name fits your comment quite well actually, but this game doesn't have the hype that you claim it to have.  Unfortunately, but I do hope they still do well, other MMOs need a competition and a competition is only good for the consumer, how this escapes some people is beyond me.  Might have something to do with your name, again lol, it's only fitting.


Whether or not the game will have cookie cutter builds remains to be seen, it's probably true, but that doesn't really bother me because I am all for min/maxing :)

madgreenb
madgreenb

@major_retard  Wildstar actually has a very fleshed out endgame. There hasn't been an MMORPG with endgame content at this quality at launch since WoW (which was definitely a very big factor in the success of WoW).

enartloc
enartloc

@major_retard one or two days? the nerfed for testing 20 man raid took hc guilds 1 month to reach the final boss,and they didn't even test the 40 man...

brujahx
brujahx

@devilzzz1983  All MMOs need to nerf content, or else they become niche games and lose subscribers.

brujahx
brujahx

@wildpair  If the preorder sales is 500K, the total number of orders is around 2 million (assuming trends from other MMOs continue). This is a very healthy number which means they will have the $$$ to develop end game content. (Right now they only have 3 leveling dungeons and a 20-man raid).


If you enjoy the graphics, I think the telegraphs and other game play will be awesome.


They want to make the game "hardcore" though, which means it will be challenging, which means it won't be casual friendly, which means it will bleed subscribers (unless they dumb it down). That's just the way it works.

nihilsustinet
nihilsustinet

@wildpair  "Going gold" in this context means that the final version of the game was compiled and sent to the manufacturer to be mass printed for sale. (It's referred to as "gold" because originally these disks were (and may still be, for all i know) gold plated to combat rust and oxidation etc). It has nothing to do with sales numbers at this point. That being said, I'm a huge Wildstar fan, and I'm willing to bet they've preordered way more than 500k at this point. Can't wait.

nihilsustinet
nihilsustinet

@ArchoNils2  The beta client was very un-optimized. It didn't run very well for anyone who didn't have a top of the line PC. They are cleaning it up and it will be much better as it gets closer to release.

brujahx
brujahx

@PacoTaco  Fact. WS questing sucks. But... the raiding looks awesome.

enartloc
enartloc

@PacoTaco the game has been beta tested a lot,that's why it looks polished,i've been in the beta for 1 year and a half now,so many things have changed based on player feedback

nihilsustinet
nihilsustinet

@GH05T-666  IMO Sub games are the only games worth playing. I hate feeling like I'm playing a shell of a game, and constantly having features sold to me. F2Ps can be fun for occasional play, P2P is the only model for serious gaming.

WereCatf
WereCatf

@GH05T-666 Me, I wouldn't mind subscription fees if they were brought down to size. I find ~$15/month is just not worth it when you don't really get to keep anything in the end. If you have to both buy the game and then keep on paying subscription fee too I think $5/month at most would be the sweet spot.

mortum1
mortum1

@ArchoNils2 so let me think, updated graphics (since both have cartoonish), dungeon have new mechanics and updated that are actually fun and they arent there just to make you play the dungeon a bit longer, same goes for raids. classes are fantastic, really! if youare a pvper youll find the combat 100 time more engaging than wow, thats a no brainer! it has housing at launch, not 10 years after its release, and is actually very very sandbox style. how is that a bad version of wow? you and other WoW brainwashed idiots should start using your brains before you make a rage comment!

Amabar
Amabar

@nihilsustinet @BurningUp99  Didn't you know, its now cool to be a gamer that hates any game that has more than 5 fans. I don't get why people would comment on a game they have zero interest in, then again I guess its hard making friends and people need the company. 


MMOs could learn from unreal tournament, a game that simple to grasp but takes long to master.

brujahx
brujahx

@shadedwraithx @BurningUp99  You have it backwards. WS has only 4 dungeons (one of them in faction specific, so 3 dungeons) and one 20-man raid. ESO has 11 dungeons, 3 raids, a complete questing zone for end game groups, as well as an unknown number of dungeons in that zone. If you're talking about end game content, ESO has more than WS at this point.


The truth is, every game (both WS and ESO) need enough subscribers in order for them to continue providing end game content. They launch with very little.

shadedwraithx
shadedwraithx

@Bhemont @stackomcmuffin ESO isn't even that, its just a big unfinished mess, Wildstar however has more features than just about every mmo out there, content for everyone and acutlly will have a end game, and it has the potential to be the next WoW.

Def_Defyin
Def_Defyin

@enartloc @major_retardYah it's a trolls message. Though seriously, there probably won't be anyone that's actually completed all the content after a month especially with the artifact weapons announcement yesterday.

Good luck downing an encounter scaled for 80 people with just 40. That is going to give even the most hardcore a headache.

brujahx
brujahx

@nihilsustinet @GH05T-666  Agree. Without subs, they don't have the $$$ to continue developing new content and most people can only play for 1 year (or less) without getting bored.

devilzzz1983
devilzzz1983

@WereCatf @GH05T-666  I believe there is a place in this world for cheaper sub games but people have to agree to pay less and stop paying for $15/month games or they won't change it.

Luckydan79
Luckydan79

@mortum1 Wow I can see who is raging here and I give you a hint buddy it's not the person your replying too. 

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

Stupid mobile phone, posted it as a new entry instead if a reply, but you can find my answer a bit above. I actually do NOT enjoy EoW

mortum1
mortum1

@Luckydan79Oh yeah you got me! Me and everyone else that says the truth with facts and you know it hurts the wowheads! (sarcasm)