PC MMO WildStar from team of former Blizzard designers gets a release date

Carbine Studios to launch its sci-fi MMO on June 3; preorders begin March 19 for $60.

WildStar, the upcoming PC MMO developed by former Blizzard Entertainment designers, finally has a release date. Developer Carbine Studios announced today that the sci-fi MMO will launch worldwide on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

Preorders for the game will begin March 19 for $60. Preordering WildStar will net you access to several closed and open beta events, as well as a variety of in-game items and perks. These are listed below.

  • Early game access beginning Tuesday, May 31 (three days prior to the game’s official launch)
  • An exclusive Rocket House
  • A mini-ship housing decoration, which grants players additional rest experience points
  • A 10-slot storage bag to increase character inventory
  • The opportunity to reserve character and guild names prior to launch

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.

"Both noobs and MMO vets will have a blast with our fast-paced combat, while experienced guilds and groups will build complete battle-fortresses using our Warplot system and tackle some truly epic raids," Carbine Studios executive producer Jeremy Gaffney said. "We've aimed for fun and unique content for MMO gamers of all stripes from level one to level cap and beyond."

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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sgtkeebler
sgtkeebler

I love this game have been playing every day for hours at a time!! I played wow since it first started and I can't ever level up my toon in wow without becoming bored of the same old routine. Wildstar is addictive so much stuff to do. I start one quest then notice some crazy looking stuff the opposite way and go exploring. Always happens I love there are so many wild things to see in wildstar. It disappoints me seeing how many "gamers" are just complaining and crying because they are afraid of loosing wow. If your a true gamer you will give any game atleast one try without complaining. This is my favorite all time MMO

cellsix
cellsix

READY YOURSELVES!!!! WildStar is it man. Everything you want from Crafting, to PvP, to Housing, to Raids needing the "Holy Trinity" all this mixed with quest that you can redo differently.. when you.... level your alts?? WHAT??? Yes that's right, alt grinding is a thing of the past!!! 


People This game does so many things right you will never miss your half naked female toons of the more realistic MMO's...


and don't even try and compare how WildStar looks next to any other game out there... can't do it...any other big named "cartoon like" game out right now looks and moves more like Minecraft than WildStar.


And many more things about this game that are so "IT'S ABOUT FRAKKING TIME!", that when you try the beta you will hear yourself say "no way, nO Wayy..." at least 20 times in the 1st hour, I'm not kidding and I started gaming on a 80286 SX/DX or better known as an IBM Clone....lol





paulieoneshoe
paulieoneshoe

The amount of people that cant look passed the sub or graphics is quite astounding, obviously haven't played the beta, i think its one of the most inventive mmo to date. 

finalkain
finalkain

Game seriously looks like Disney ate Blizzard and this was regurgitated..

Algearond
Algearond

Hoping this does well, as the more specialized MMOs on the market the better it is for all gamers, even though of the soon to be big three AAA sub based games TESO will be getting my $$

Wesleypipes77
Wesleypipes77

Ok, I get the whole argument for a stylized reality look on MMO's but why does the concept of stylized reality always seem to equal a childish cartoony look in the minds of apparently every developer out there? Especially considering that one of the main objections when new games are made with this concept in mind is that a lot of people don't like the "cartoony" look that we end up with in the end. How about a stylized reality that looks badass and more mature?? Is this really outside of the conceptual realm??

ghostofjoemomma
ghostofjoemomma

I have been playing the closed beta.  The game reminds me a lot of a highly polished SWTOR graphics wise.  It has a lot of features that made GW2 awesome.  They have ship hands, adventures and dungeons which are ALL 5 player content.  World bosses and challenges..  Plenty of things to keep me busy.  I love the crafting.  You have talent points in your crafting ability so you can better specialize your crafting to fit your needs.  If you strictly PVP you can put more talent points into PVP so you make sweet PVP gear or vice versa for PVE.  I thought that was a cool idea.  The combat in this game is by far the most engaging of any mmo.  I find myself fueled with adrenaline after taking down 3 guys at once.  So many telegraphs to dodge and constantly moving around.  In wow casters just stand in one place and push the number 1 or 2 or 3 over and over again like a fool.  All the different spells and combinations, and talents will help make your character feel unique.  Unlike wow with its 3 talents you get to choose and cookie cutter builds.     I tried to play wow on mondays (maintenance) but its to depressing now.  Wildstar is extremely difficult so i have to warn the weaklings.  Don't even try playing if you are to use to playing easy games like wow.  Housing is the best of any MMO i never really got into housing in other games like Rift but in Wildstar i just can't help but wanting to pimp my shit out.  If you like a challenge then i advice you to buy this game.  If you loved vanilla wow then Wildstar is for YOU!

jackdaniels1337
jackdaniels1337

Vanilla WoW was probably the best MMO experience I've ever had - maybe even the most fun I've ever had on any type of game. I cannot stand the bastardization of WoW in its current form, and I have been in the ESO beta for ages and it continually impresses me less and less with every log in. 


Carbine knows what made Vanilla successful since they were there when it happened, and it looks like they're set on recreating that experience with their own twists. Having abilities that you actually have to aim, like in W*, is going to be so refreshing. Even though I'm not the biggest fan of the puerile/cartoony look on Wildstar, that is only the surface and I can overlook that if the mechanics are solid. Besides, in 2014, are not casual-mode PokeWoW and the ESO faux-targeting systems what are truly childish in the MMO industry today?

decias
decias

Game looks fun, comical, and entertaining - but my eyes are zeroed in on ESO.  I may try this one out after a year or so.

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

The game is good, I liked playing in the beta, but they went with the wrong subscription model. People won't pay 15 bucks a month to play this. It's just not gonna happen. They should've went the Guild Wars way, or just plain F2P, and I suspect the latter will happen after a year or two after release, like The Secret World, Rift and countless others.

PsychoBear
PsychoBear

Great news, looking forward to playing this game

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

"monthly subscription for $15"

"you can also use an in-game item called C.R.E.D.D. to earn game time...you can purchase it directly from Carbine Studios at the WildStar website for $20"


404FredNotFound
404FredNotFound

Well quite frankly I Beta Test this game and wasn't impressed...

omar_q
omar_q

Looks awesome, too bad I won't play it cuz it's subscription based. 

Pikdum
Pikdum

I hear this game is supposed to be similar to what vanilla WoW was like, I definitely want to give it a try. The combat system looks like it could be fresh but familiar. Too bad the questing looks a little stale. I've only seen some early level game play videos though.

elbauto
elbauto

This game looks BEAUTIFUL

Suaron_x
Suaron_x

Is it just me, or does every other game released advertise their product as having been designed, created, inspired, stolen, ripped-off, or cloned by some former Blizzard employees?

crognalsen
crognalsen

I don't care if there is a subscription fee if I enjoy the game.  The problem is I haven't enjoyed an MMO since World of Wacraft (I got bored of it).  Everquest was my favorite MMO and I've been looking for something like it ever since.  I don't believe anything like it will come along though as MMOs only cater to casuals with loads of quests now and follow the GPS.  You can only find hardcore content at the end of the game and that's never been my thing.  I fear Wildstar will be exactly like WoW since it is made by some of the same people and looks very similar.  I'm not sure if I could take the quest grind again.  It's not that it's hard it's that the quests are usually to simple and usually exactly the same.

lostn
lostn

Never been a fan of cartoony look AND sci-fi combined. It works for fantasy but I don't think it fits sci-fi settings.

blackace
blackace

$15 a month? PASS!!

The same reason why I won't be playing Elder Scroll Online. 

I know all these developers want to be like Blizzard's WoW, but that and EQ2 were really the last great pay to play MMO's. Since that time, I have yet to see any MMO worth paying $15 a month to play. If they are going to do monthly payment, it'll have to be $5 a month or $50 a year if they want gamers to jump on board. The days of $15 a month for MMO's are long over.

luert
luert

I think this game might be somewhat interesting, at least the environment, characters and the whole idea of it seems pretty and fun, I think it's a nice thing for a change to make it a little more entertaining while they are at it.

BigBadBanther
BigBadBanther

I did some stress testing for this game and got over 5 hours of gameplay. It has some novel fight machanics but i found the hud to be to big (now fixed thank god). I did think that the way the quests work could be a bit confusing. Still hopeing to get some bata time befor i part with my cash.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Another MMO that defiantly uses a subscription model. Although, their alternative method of buying game time is interesting. Will WildStar grow big enough to kill off other MMO's, thus becoming a Death Star or will it explode from a torpedo in the main reactor shaft?


xeoneex66
xeoneex66

I would have to try this game out before I would even think of pre-ordering, as I have 3 MMO's on the way as it is I don't know how I'm going to juggle 3 let alone this game if its even worth playing. 

StOoGiEmEiStEr
StOoGiEmEiStEr

@cellsix  If they did everything right then they would have Australian Servers on release.

cellsix
cellsix

@paulieoneshoe  Well said, mark his word and then mark mine....This is what you want, it's a no brainer...Quest that don't repeat so leveling a different toon is not a monotonous chore?...what? no FN way...yeah. Play every class with different choices. No? still think you need half naked female toons 90% of whitch are played by guys? (including me)...OK,.... You get a house man ka'mon!

cellsix
cellsix

@finalkain  You just have made the best positive insult of all time sir!

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

@Wesleypipes77  You have to consider the state of gaming. Think of how many games have that kind of color palette or style. You'll name WoW, I'm sure, and. . Conker? I guess? Two. . 

Now look at all the real and gritty. . dark and grey or brown games out there. Gears of War, the Call of Duties, Battlefield, Killzone. . the GTAs. . I can go on and on. And on.

It's just about what they can do and what options they have to set themselves apart.

Hells_rebelion
Hells_rebelion

@decias I've heard nothing but bad things about ESO.  Wildstar looks amazing and fresh though.

Hells_rebelion
Hells_rebelion

@Tiwill44   I've had nothing but bad EXP with F2P games.  Even Guild wars 2 wasn't what I expected, that's not to say it's a bad game though.  


Let F2P be F2P and subs be subs.  If the game is good people will pay 15$ a month.  Look at WoW.

ghostofjoemomma
ghostofjoemomma

@Tiwill44 The f2p games suck compared to Wildstar.  If people gladly fork over 15 a month for an outdated game like WOW then why not?  I've been in closed beta and i rather enjoy wildstar and see no problem with the subbing. 

dreamgreed
dreamgreed

@Tiwill44  There is nothing wrong with subscription games. At least they offer the option like Eve for in game currency to exchange for more game time/real currency. That also helps get rid of the gold farmers. Only a stead income can allow the longevity of a game. 


Personally I'd prefer subscription based games because you cannot pay to win, and the quality is mostly always better than F2P.

josnas
josnas

@404FredNotFound Same, too cartoony, and felt very rough. I know it's beta, just didn't care much for the story, or what was going on.

cellsix
cellsix

@omar_q  Subscriptions pay the bills, that's why WoW lasted so long, it was well funded. No FTP games out there that are going give me what I want because the "bar" has been set SO HIGH, a standard made years ago!! All games were sub based then...EQ, WoW, SWG, LotRO, DAoC....these games lasted. Not saying that games we pay a sub for never fail...just saying


Let the hacks have the FTP games, 


Come join, "The People That Are Willing to Pay For The Right to Play The Best Content In The World Because People Get Paid to Keep It That Way" club or ( TPTAWtPFTRtPTBCITWBPGPtKITW ).

ghostofjoemomma
ghostofjoemomma

@Suaron_x Idk what other games you are referring too.  Wildstar is the only game i am aware of that 33 Devs from blizzard left to create.

ghostofjoemomma
ghostofjoemomma

@blackace I prefer the sub based games.  Gets rid of all the complainers and trolls.  Lot less people in trade just talking all day about random stuff like politics and how wow was the first mmo ever made.  It's the same in any f2p game.  People just troll all day long.  They talk about wow all day long and compare it to every game ever made.  I find all the trolls and part time players annoying.

Leykis
Leykis

@blackace Waaah! Go play a F2P game like Guild Wars 2 or Old Republic if you don't want to pay a sub. 


I prefer sub-based MMO's because I want all the content available for me to unlock in the game world, not have to pay for in some cash shop. That totally ruins the experience for me. I look at Old Republic now and while its a great game and fun to play, if you want the best looking gear, mounts, crystals, dyes, pets, ships, etc. then you have to buy them. That just dumbs down the whole experience for me.

Resion
Resion

@Hurvl It doesn't have to"kill" other MMO's to be successful.

blackace
blackace

@xeoneex66 Two MMO's is really the most you can play at once, unless you are filthy rich, with no job, spouse and no life. I tried playing 3 MMO's twice. First with Guild Wars, City of Heroes & FF XI.  I quit CoH and started playing WoW. Then I quit FF XI and started playing EQ2. It was pretty much impossible trying to play WoW, EQ2 & Guild Wars at the same time. I ended up quitting EQ2 and kept playing WoW & Guild Wars for about 2 years. After getting married I dumped WoW as well. It was also very expensive.

Wesleypipes77
Wesleypipes77

@AncientDozer @Wesleypipes77  I could make quite a list but don't really have the time right now, however it doesn't really matter there is room for all different styles and I'm fine with that. I was referring specifically to MMO's in this case and especially post WOW MMO's and how the vast majority suffer from the "WOW" effect. Every time a developer says "we are going with a stylized reality look" it always equates to the same thing. There is obviously a market for a more mature stylized reality as I stated it's a fairly common complaint made by potential players of a lot of recent and in development MMO's . I agree with the reasoning behind going with such a concept, my issue is that they always end up with the same extremely similiar "cartoony" look.

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

@dreamgreed @Tiwill44  I have to agree. 15 is too much. FFXIV is, like, 11 or 12 depending on if you want to use only one character or have multiples,

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

@dreamgreed I don't disagree, but 15 bucks a month... I just can't see many people pay that much when there are so many other full games out there.

Maybe a better solution would be like, you buy the base game for $60. Then they add new content, but you can only have access to if you pay like 10 bucks, for example. Kinda like DLC. That way, you can always play the base game that you bought for $60, but you won't have access to the new content unless you buy it.

ghostofjoemomma
ghostofjoemomma

@Poison-tooth @elbautothe game cover does but the actual game is nothing like ratchet and clank.  It is far less cartoony then people think it is.  It's the same cartoony level as SWTOR.  Wow is still far more "cartoony."

Bad_Ass_Dr_Funk
Bad_Ass_Dr_Funk

@Leykis @blackaceYeah, I tried Old Republic, and I loved the storyline of it, but the F2P model was terrible.  It felt I was playing more of a demo than a complete game, and if I wanted to pay $15/month I would just go back to playing WoW and toons that I already had.  There has to be a better way for them to do this.  I bet if there was something in the $5/month range with a vanity mall (not pay for extra bag space, pay to level at the same rate as everyone else, pay to get more professions, etc) it would dominate the market.

lim30041982
lim30041982

@Resion @Hurvl it must , "normal" people will not have a time to play 2 or 3 MMO at the same time.  Because they need to work,scholl,etc,etc

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

@blackace @xeoneex66  like I said... I have 3.  I helped fund Star Citizen, Elite Danerous and already bought the digital imperial edition of ESO. :x.  I've played MMOs' for a long time and the most I can do is 2.  So I have no idea how I'm going to juggle 3.  So I'll probably be passing this one up.

paulieoneshoe
paulieoneshoe

@Wesleypipes77 @AncientDozer  In reality this is only the 2nd big MMO with this style of graphics, WoW and WS. The market is flooded with more realistic style MMOs ie, Guild Wars, ESO, Rift, Tera, and AoC just to name a few.

the art style and comedy of this game reminds me of ratchet and clank and that is just what the mmo market needs right now.