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.

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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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