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To Pre-Order or Not?

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All this brings me to the question: to preorder or not? For those of us who have spent time in beta and loved what we’ve seen, it’s a no-brainer. However, with no physical Collector’s Edition, I’d probably suggest picking up one of the digital versions unless you really enjoy opening boxes. For my fellow Europeans that covet the Steelbook edition, we’re told that quantities are limited so start hunting early. Even so, the preorder perks that Carbine is offering are definitely worth picking up.

Choosing between the Standard and Digital Deluxe Edition might be a harder choice, particularly if you’re still undecided. I’m hoping that the $15 supplement will also be available as an upgrade even after WildStar launches, just as happened with Guild Wars 2. Even so, it helps if you’re a fan of the green and gold Eldan aesthetic that the Deluxe perks are themed with.

If you’re still on the fence, it might be an idea to wait and see how the game evolves before launch. We’ll continue to stream the game as much as we can between now and then, and you can always throw us questions. There will also be further chances to pick up special weekend keys as before, and the preorder window is likely to remain for a good while yet. While you technically can cancel a preorder, it’s almost always better to wait until you’re ready to dive in with both feet.

If the subscription is giving you second thoughts, take a look at the CREDD approach being offered. Using a similar approach to EVE Online’s PLEX, it will be possible to buy a month of game time for in-game cash. How much time it’ll take to earn enough to buy one will depend entirely on market forces and how skilled you are at earning coin – other players will be putting the tokens up for sale and setting prices, so it’s likely the market will fluctuate just as with CCP’s game. Still, the potential is there for those with more time on their hands and fewer dollars in their pocket. You might want to wait and see how it works in practice, but it also risks being behind the curve when the in-game market powers into life.

Ultimately though, it’s important to remember that WildStar is not an MMO panacea. Carbine’s upcoming game is unashamedly themepark, although it does offer a number of refreshing and more engaging elements that I definitely prefer to simpler, older MMOs. But, if you’re a sandbox diehard, resolutely against subscriptions, or simply can’t abide the cartoony art style, you shouldn’t feel pushed into playing. That said, I’ve found there’s a lot of fun to be had in WildStar; even if you’re not planning to stay in Nexus, I’d encourage you to try and visit for a weekend.

Gareth Harmer / Gareth Harmer has been blasting and fireballing his way through MMOs for over ten years. When he's not exploring an online world, he can usually be found enthusiastically dissecting and debating them. Follow him on Twitter at @Gazimoff.


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Gareth Harmer

Gareth Harmer / Gareth “Gazimoff” Harmer has been blasting and fireballing his way through MMOs for over ten years. When he's not exploring an online world, he can usually be found enthusiastically dissecting and debating them. Follow him on Twitter at @Gazimoff.