The WildStar site has been updated with a great pair of blog posts that will be of keen interest to followers of the game. The first, penned by Jeremy Gaffney, gives fans a detailed look at WildStar and what sets it apart from the pack. The second post lays out Carbine’s philosophy about what raiding in WildStar will look like.
In the introduction to the blog about raiding, Gaffney talks in a general way about the ‘elder game’, code words for raiding and other more PvE-centric end game play. In WildStar, he says, raiding will not be just more of the same old, same old. Carbine’s goal is to draw the world’s best raiding guilds into the game with something that is challenging, yet different from the norm. To do so, WildStar will embody “big ass raids” and “tough raids that you have to earn your way into beating and that aren’t made so your grandma can make it through”. They are aiming for the hardest of the hardcore.
If that’s not heady enough, Gaffney also talks about weekly dynamic raid opportunities that will be based on changes made throughout the week. There will be epic rewards for the best and brightest competitors.
The team is committed to giving elder game players something that is both familiar and utterly different than what’s been seen before. To do that, they want raids to be more than “one-shot content” that features week-to-week and fight-to-fight differences. To do so, the content and the goals, will remain familiar while the terrain might be slightly different. That path that was open last week might be closed this week, for example.
“Dungeon layouts, encounter composition, individual abilities, inherently random events, progression paths within an instance…we've really tried to push the number of ways to keep things fresh as much as possible.”
Lastly, the team is committed to challenging and rewarding content that is fresh and new. With rankings and weekly challenges, it seems that this is something likely to bring a lot of happiness to the raiding community. To that end, the forthcoming beta test will be crucial to fine-tuning the raid feature.
Want to know more? Head to the official WildStar site to read the rest of the posts.
Headed to PAX East this weekend? Stop by the WildStar booth and get your hands on the game to see it for yourself!
Visit the NCSOFT booth (#462) to meet the WildStar developers and artists, and get in some gameplay time. Play WildStar on hardware from Alienware and Logitech, our 2013 event partners. Try out the recently revealed Dominion races—the Cassians, Draken and Mechari—on PCs from Alienware and peripherals from Logitech. You could also get the chance to take home some cool WildStar game swag.
Find out more at the links above.