A decade or so ago, I still labored under the impression that there should be one be-all, end-all MMORPG for me, and if I could just find it, I’d stay in it forever and that would be everything I needed. The lesson disabusing me of that notion took a long time to come about, but eventually I realized that — as with non-MMOs, books, movies, TV shows, and all forms of entertainment — it’s not healthy to stick with just one thing forever. There’s burnout and boredom lurking at the corners, and when I fully embraced diversifying my time in online games, I became a more content and well-rounded gamer.
So my fondest wish of a be-all, end-all MMO changed into a different wish as I grew older: That the many MMOs I enjoyed would stick around for a good long while so that I could cycle in and out of them as my interest dictated. I wanted games to still be there so that I could rediscover them after breaks when my interest became revitalized. I’d say right now that there are a good dozen or so MMORPGs that fall in this category and that are still running, but several others that are no longer accessible that I had hoped would be around for years to come.
Out of all of these MMORPGs missing in action, WildStar is perhaps the one that grates the most. It wasn’t perfect, and it wasn’t handled by a studio that had it all together, but it was pretty dang awesome. I loved its style, its scifi setting, its housing system, its fluid animations (double-jumping FTW), its colorful alien races, its wardrobe system, its abundant amount of possible activities, its overarching narrative, its pets, its rewards, its art design, its amazing soundtrack, and… so many other things that I could name.
When it died, I did my best to stay occupied with other games and just not think about its loss. That’s another benefit of diversifying your online game portfolio, you can take these hits and keep on going instead of coming to a hard stop. But that doesn’t mean that you don’t pine and you aren’t reminded of what you used to have.
So yeah, this might be a long-winded way of saying this, but I want WildStar back. I really do. Even if it never got another day of development and existed in a maintenance mode forever, I’d take it in a heartbeat. This definitely would be a game that I’d want to return to time and again, as I did when it was running, and enjoy the wide buffet that it had to offer.