That’s right: My housing plot now has a giant Lopp party. It’s very likely the apex of MMO acquisitions for me, as I love it so very, very much. I mean, how can you not? I have over a dozen Lopp getting funky at my pad, 24/7 — and this party even has a challenge that’s pretty easy to do for good rewards. I love Lopp.
I actually took the opportunity after finishing up Whitevale to spruce up my housing plot. I added in one of my pocket dungeons (which is more platformy than fighty, so I haven’t finished it yet), the aforementioned Lopp party, a few new decor, and a Whitevale biome. I need to get some more renown so that I can change the sky to snow so that it’ll match the biome, but I’m just happy to have some snow around the place.
Farside is completely new territory to me, and as one of the orbiting moons of Nexus, I’m not quite sure what to expect. So far I don’t think I’ve even arrived at the proper map — I started out in some underground complex, then was sent to Bio-Dome 3, where Pauly Shore and Stephen Baldwin have been tormenting me. Just kidding, it’s mostly been a thick jungle environment with heavy mob density.
I did make a new cat friend after feeding him 10 giant birds (and he’s still that skinny?). Having him trail after me once again makes me think how WildStar really should have non-combat pets. At least as a scientist I can pretend that my scanbot is there for companionship.
Even with the annoying slog through an overpopulated region, I’m pretty pleased that my build is holding up. I actually feel that I’m killing a little faster as of late, and I’m getting used to my rotation so that I can stagger stuns and blinds while building up volitility for my shotgun attacks.
So yesterday Carbine came out with a new state of the game that, among other things, said that the studio is committing to a quarterly release schedule now — unless, of course, it can’t. My response is that maybe they should only be charging a subscription on a quarterly basis then. I don’t fault their decision to place a premium on testing and quality before pushing out content releases, but the monthly update pace was one of the major support beams for the monthly subscription. Increasingly, WildStar’s business model is becoming an albatross dragging it down. Hopefully Carbine is having serious talks about cutting that bird loose and either going F2P or B2P, especially with Warlords of Draenor bearing down. In the context of this year’s releases, WildStar is the underdog, and yet it can’t even take advantage of that status if it’s clinging to the same subscription model as its competition.
The next update is early November, and I’m looking forward to that for the housing changes if nothing else. Lots of bug fixes will also be appreciated.