Buckle up and hold on, ’cause WildStar is hitting the ignition on free-to-play later this month.
We heard this morning that Carbine’s MMO has set a date for the F2P conversion for September 29th, which fortunately gets out ahead of the craziness that is October (Guild Wars 2 and SWTOR expansions) and November (BlizzCon). September is a great month for something like this — historically, lots of MMOs have released this month and rolled out major updates/expansions for the beginning of the fall.
Although, Carbine, WildStar: Reloaded? Seriously? Did no one in the studio raise their hand and go, “Um, do we really want to be drawing comparisons to the second Matrix movie that let everyone down?”
While I’m already in the game, F2P will be a welcome moment for me. I’ll be dropping my subscription at that time (bringing it down to just SWTOR), enjoying whatever cosmic point rewards I’ve accrued, plunder the cash shop, expand my housing plot, and reveling in what will hopefully be the start of a brighter era for WildStar. I’m really, truly excited about it — it’s a great game that deserves another chance with a better business model.
Plus, we have a couple of events coming soon after — Hoverboard zPrix Invitational and Shade’s Eve.
I’m really curious what the next content update post-F2P will be focused on and when it will be. But in the meanwhile, I rolled up a new Medic last night and had a great time with her, so I’m going to see how far I can get her between now and the 29th.