Huzzah! Not only is today a snow day for me, but it’s the day that Carbine Studios has finally released the last big batch of info that we’ve been waiting for on WildStar: the release date, pre-order details, and edition info. Got a lot to talk about here, so let’s dig in!
For starters, June 3rd will be the release date. I think that was in the window that many of us were expecting — still technically spring, but pushing into summer. While I’d love for WildStar to launch tomorrow, I’m not going to gripe too hard here for the less-than-three-months wait. I think it’s a good time for the game to launch, giving it a good space after ESO’s April launch but well before the fall’s major releases. Personally, I’ll have more time (I think) come the summer to play in general, so awesome.
Carbine also abolished the NDA today, which certainly speaks to the studio’s confidence in its product. It wasn’t as if it was super-enforcing the NDA up to this point (the press has been able to talk about it for the most part for a while now, and I know the devs weren’t very keen on the NDA at all). For good or ill, the conversation about the game can fully open up and I’m looking forward to just discussing the game back and forth with players.
All right, so how about the purchase options? I was a little surprised here with some of the choices, mainly what was left out and the fact that the special edition didn’t try to go for a plus-$100 package. In a nutshell:
- Standard edition is $60, and includes 30 days, three 7-day passes for friends, and a housing item.
- Digital Deluxe edition is $85, and includes the above as well as an Eldan hoverboard, a costume, a player title, and a dye set.
- Pre-ordering either edition gives early access starting on May 31, a rocket house, a mini-ship housing decoration, 10-slot inventory bag, and the ability to reserve character and guild names prior to launch.
I’m really flummoxed that there isn’t a bigger collector’s edition, unless that’s something that Carbine is finalizing right now (although that wouldn’t be a good thing if people want it but pre-order one of the other ones). I guess my biggest disappointment is a lack of a soundtrack — WildStar’s score is simply one of the best I’ve heard in an MMO and I must have it. My next hope is that it’ll be made available on iTunes/Amazon at some point (or, hey, given away for free).
These packages aren’t blowing me away but they aren’t bad, either. My initial impression is that the pre-order bonuses are actually better than what we’re getting as bonuses in the editions. The inventory bag isn’t something to sneeze at, and I’m all over that rocket ship house. Plus you know how I am with being able to reserve my names (although we don’t have info yet how this’ll work — how many names can we reserve? Will they be held to a specific server or across all servers?). And starting three days early on what is coincidentally my birthday? That’s the cherry on the top.
I see no reason not to go for the digital deluxe edition. It’s not that much more and, hey, spiffy hoverboard. I’m already getting a hoverboard from the beta program, but it’s nice to have options. The other items are… fine, I guess. It’ll be nice to have them for each new character.
In any event, I am pumped! This is my most-anticipated MMO for 2014 and I’m glad to finally have specifics about the launch and to get my pre-order in. Now I just need to figure out what class/race/path combo I’m going to go for as my main. The safe pick is engineer/human/settler, but I may be pushing myself out of my comfort zone to do esper/aurin/scientist for my initial run.