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I write about everything that goes with MMORPGs

Author: Limitations

Can Wildstar Be Saved?

Posted by Limitations Monday December 21 2015 at 1:11AM
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Wildstar launched in 2014, and I have been keeping a very close eye on it ever since. Purchased the game since launch, and have had installed, and reinstalled many of times. It has sort of “relaunched” as free to play and has seen a good spike in population since, at least the PvE server, but what about the game as a whole? What is there to save? Is it worth saving? Does it have any sort of future? Let’s talk about it shall we? I’ve talked about Wildstar a lot this year, and since it’s been launched, but I really want to get into more technical stuff rather than gameplay. I want to ask the harsh question for last though: Does the game deserve to be saved? Harsh it may sound, and I’ll answer it at the end after I get all of my stuff out there… Sigh, it’s been a rough, rough year for Wildstar…

I really do love Wildstar, and I want to get that out there,and the title seems rather odd since I love the game with such a different passion. I’ve always said I like the Carbine team, and I like the game in general, but it’s just so hard to see a future for the game, even if you do love the game. What do I mean by future though? I want the game to see consist updates with decent content. Whether it would be PvP or PvE, and I know there will be some information about drop #7 in Jan, so I am excited to see that, but how small is the Wildstar team now? Do we even know?

Do we even want to know is the real question? Would that just justify all the doom and gloom knowing the truth?

There has been so much doom and gloom around this game since it’s inception really that it has really taken a toll on the people who haven’t even tried the game! All they here is what literally I am typing right now, doom and gloom. Am I adding to that? For right now yes, because I want to try to prove a point, a much needed point from me at least. Yes, I do feel bad for dishing out some doom and gloom out myself, but I will get to the good points, I swear to you, please keep reading.

I feel like for an outsider, and for the people currently playing the game, all we see is doom and gloom and with good reason. Sometimes there is no merit in games with doom and gloom, but it seems like this game, there is a lot of merit involved when you really think about it.

I can’t tell you how many times I have tried this game over and over. It’s been installed on my computer ever since Free to Play launch though, because it has a very good cash shop. There is no need for really a subscription unless you want the perks listed for it, and the cash shop to me, is very, very balanced and non pay to win. When it comes to free to play games, even when they are switching from a sub, new players will look and judge off that cash shop. We all know it’s true, we all do it as well. From that perspective, it is a really nice balanced cash shop like I said. Some may have a different opinion though, but I like it, and I hope they do not add any pay to win elements in the future.

The core of the game though, as in graphics, gameplay, and other things are not for everyone. The graphics are very cartoony, and the gameplay is more action oriented than most other MMORPGs in the competition. Yes, it’s more dodge the red lines, and get out of the red circles, but it adds a good element to the game and makes the grinding much less well grindy. It’s definitely not for everyone though, and it shows. Housing is a great thing in the game, and even though I most of the time ignore housing features, it’s really a fun addition and much more laid back. Something to do while you need downtime from raiding or pvping. It’s just another fun addition to the game, which it needs. It’s relaxing, enjoyable for some, and with the graphics style really cool to look at. If you go on the forums, or even YouTube it, some people make the craziest, most awesome things in the game. I am sometimes jealous that they take all the time to do all that stuff, maybe I just need some more patience eh? Maybe I just need to get better at housing, probably both… Yeah, both.

A lot of people say that Wildstar should have launched as a free to play title in June of 2014, instead of a subscription based game. I was a firm believer of the subscription model for the game, which was probably a lot of false hope that it would retain that, but for the longevity of the game and probably for the better future of the game it switched to the free to play model. Thinking about it now, I don’t think it would work as a buy to play model like Elder Scrolls Online. The game was burning quickly, and free to play help kill the flames. The game is still however burning, but I think it will repair in time, if the time is given.

Plagued with optimization problems, server problems, and overall lack of population the game was rendered a do not enter zone by a lot of people and still is. Maybe it went after the wrong target audience, or maybe it was just poor management overall. Don’t worry Carbine, I still love you. A lot of core people who were with the game at the beginning are gone. Stephen Frost is now with Blizzard, and Tony Rey works for NCSoft (Publisher of Wildstar). A lot of core people left, and we are sort of wondering now, what next? There has been content made since some of the core people left, and overall it’s been very good. Even though drops were consistent as promised, we can all see clearly why they weren’t.

Those optimization problems are still there, but nowhere as bad as they were during launch. I can get 60FPS on max settings pretty much everywhere except Thayd (Major city in the game). Again, this is what it should have been at launch. I think the majority of us believe the game was rushed, and should have been more polished, but I think we can all blame NCSoft for that. I seriously would rather have a game that has more polish and optimization and waited a little longer, than have what we had a release. It was a crap show and we all know it, I will say it for us.

I feel like I’m just repeating myself from previous post, probably because I am. Sad isn’t it? Alas, there is hope… Is it just me though? That’s the real question. We all have hopes and dreams for various games, where they be single player games, FPS games, etc. Mine sort of stick with Wildstar and it’s really kind of hard to keep those hopes and dreams alive. Not because the gameplay is bad, or the core of the game is terrible. It just seems to me free to play wasn’t enough, damage has been sustained, and they are repairing very, very slowly.

I tweeted to Tony Rey is NCSoft had high hopes for the games, or something along the lines of that, and he replied that they did. Instead of shutting the game down completely, which NCSoft has a history of doing. (Poor TR) they did the free to play transition, which given their history of shutting down games that weren’t doing so hot, is giving me hope. Maybe they do see something in the game after all? They do have more a picture of the future than we the players do, they have a better roadmap, etc. I really want wish to see that roadmap, and see what NCSoft sees in the game. I can’t tell you how many Reddit post, or forums post about the game being dead, or how long does this game have to live. Doom and gloom people, doom and gloom. Like I said before, damage has been sustained but anything can be repaired right? Please tell me everything can be repaired, even if you don’t believe it, tell it to me for my sake please. (I may be a little over dramatic there…)

If Carbine came to me today and said “Hey, I know it looks bad, but trust us, we have a bright future ahead of us”. I would believe them, but I would be very hesitant about it. Just because I don’t want to get these high hopes about new content updates, and then only to have cash shop additions and that is it. None of us want that, we want solid content updates. New PvE, PvP content, we want it all dammit, give it to us! In January, we are supposed to get information about Drop #7 and they better “Wow” us dammit. I want to be amazed. I want to see post free to play content just be as good as pre free to play content. I know it’s not much to ask for, but…

Do I think the game can be saved? Yeah, I think it can be, but 2016 needs to be a extremely good year for Wildstar. Fresh content needs to be had, and needs to have a steady pace. Even if it’s in small batches or fewer big batches, no matter how it happens, it needs to happen. There are 365 days in the year, and every single day needs to be good for Wildstar to repair most of the damage. Maybe it will take longer than a year, that is when we really need NCSoft to say “Hey, we like the game, we have hopes for the game. If you don’t give up, we won’t”. Just because NCSoft has a history of shutting down games, makes new people and veteran people very hesitant of the future. I hate to admit it, but it’s true...

I will continue to play the game during the year of 2016, and hope that what I just said happens. If it doesn’t, well then the game’s future will be very bleak, and you might just say goodbye to the game. Is that harsh to say? Yes, of course it is. That means jobs lost, and a very awesome game gone. They need to step up their game, own their mistakes and just go with it. Just go with it. Own everything you have done Carbine, and just improve it. I know it’s hard to own up to mistakes, hell I’m the farthest from perfect, and I am flawed just like everyone else, and even I have a hard time owning up to my mistakes, but do it for the sake of the tight veteran community that you have, believers like me… We need hope. We have dreams for the game, and we need YOU to give us that hope to see them come to life.

What do you guys think? Can the game be saved? Does it deserve to be saved? Please, I’d love for you all to voice your opinions about the game, since I do have such an odd passion about it, good or bad. Just lemme know. If you would like to discuss this post, please leave a comment below, or tweet me @SirIsaacJewton.


P.S Yes, the game can be saved…  
Soultice writes: Let it go already.  Wildstar was, and is crap.  We all have the games we love and hate to see them go but it is time to let it go! Fri Dec 25 2015 6:48AM Report
Interitus writes:

I think it's far too late.  I've slowly created a collection of friends that prefer a wide variety of different game styles.  When it first was announced I'll say about 40 people were really excited.

When the beta came out, that was halved.  And it wasn't the graphics. I think I can honestly say I don't know anyone who left the game just because of the graphics.  During beta there was a lot of negative feedback, and that had to be addressed. And it wasn't really.

By release maybe 10 people played. And now, I don't know anyone who does.  And even if Wildstar turned around, and was essentially a new game. People wouldn't go back. The game didn't hit the right notes, it didn't click with people the right way. It wasn't enjoyable.

Sun Dec 27 2015 7:36PM Report

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