WildStar Goes Free-to-Play

The WildStar website finally confirms long-running rumors that the MMORPG is going free-to-play. This trailer marks the occasion and this announcement offers the details. Here's a bit on how this will work:
Players can acquire the game, create an account, login and play through everything the game has to offer without spending any money, so yes, we do mean free.

That said, we will also offer completely optional in-game purchases that cover a wide range of player services, convenience options, and cosmetic offerings.

What will happen to my account if I have an active subscription or game time applied to my account through C.R.E.D.D., or a Game Time Card when WildStar goes Free-to-Play?

All accounts that have an active recurring payment method, C.R.E.D.D. redemption, or GTC (Game Time Card) redemption when the transition occurs will be considered active. These accounts will automatically convert to Signature service, which will persist until their current “active period” ends.

For example, if an account has 20 days of time remaining through one of the methods above, those 20 days will convert to Signature service since game access is now open to everyone.

Players with a recurring payment plan for subscription service will have that plan automatically converted into a recurring plan for Signature status.

Players with non-recurring payments, C.R.E.D.D., or GTC will need to apply another payment to their account to continue using Signature service should they choose to continue with Signature service.

Active accounts will receive an amount of Loyalty Points based on:

  • The type of game box (Standard/Deluxe) added to the account.
  • The number of months subscribed through recurring payment, C.R.E.D.D. or Game Time Cards prior to F2P Launch

Additionally, as a reward to those who were continuous subscribers from WildStar’s launch until the transition to Free-to-Play, we are giving away an exclusive Ikthian Crawler mount, an exclusive DJ Caretaker housing décor item, a Disco Snoglug companion pet, a new housing music track, four months of Signature service, and two new titles: “Living Legend” and “Nexus Loyalist” - these bonuses will be granted to such players on the first day of transition.

If you missed out on launch but you’re a current subscriber and maintain your subscription through transition to Free-to-Play, you will still receive the DJ Caretaker housing décor item, the Disco Snoglug companion pet, the new housing music track, four months of Signature service, and the "Nexus Loyalist" title.

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Bill Borre wrote on May 28, 2015, 15:11:
Besides wow, are there any of these games that haven't adopted this model?

FF14. And it's doing quite well actually. Expansion about to come out in a month.
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Cool. The game never struck me as worthy of $15/month. My wife has been pestering me to find a game to play with her; we can check this out now.

But...the Witcher...is so good. I get irritated when I have to do other things.
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Pigeon wrote on May 28, 2015, 16:03:
LittleMe wrote on May 28, 2015, 15:31:
Bill Borre wrote on May 28, 2015, 15:11:
Besides wow, are there any of these games that haven't adopted this model?

eso


I thought ESO went subscription free. Kind of a guild wars model where you buy the game, and then free access after that.

It did, back at the beginning of March I believe.

Pretty sure the rest have just closed up shop or gone free to play by now. With the precipitous drop off of players in WoW this year so far, I can't help but wonder if that's not on the horizon there as well... I think they'd make more money if they did change.
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Bill Borre wrote on May 28, 2015, 15:11:
Besides wow, are there any of these games that haven't adopted this model?
Guild Wars 2 (as sort-of-noted below).
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LittleMe wrote on May 28, 2015, 15:31:
Bill Borre wrote on May 28, 2015, 15:11:
Besides wow, are there any of these games that haven't adopted this model?

eso


I thought ESO went subscription free. Kind of a guild wars model where you buy the game, and then free access after that.
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Bill Borre wrote on May 28, 2015, 15:11:
Besides wow, are there any of these games that haven't adopted this model?

eso

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Besides wow, are there any of these games that haven't adopted this model?
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Yay... now I can experience the overly bloom saturated world for freeeeeee!!
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Omni wrote on May 28, 2015, 11:41:
please no pay2win.

I'm reading the premium level and it's... not great but not bad. Guilds are premium, crafting lets you craft better items (-15% to the power level, which basically means you get to throw an extra stat point or three onto the item you're crafting), you can join war parties whatever they are, and the normal assortment of extra credits, extra auction hall sells, extra items in your home, and a few other things.

Apparently as you play the game in general you accumulate loyalty points that let you unlock several of the paid tier perks like warparties and guilds and extra character slots.

Actually on examination it seems to be one of the better F2P setups out there.

It might convince me to get back into the game. I had fun with it but none of my friends would ever play when I played so I never managed to get into the endgame group stuff.
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please no pay2win.
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LOL, I knew it. it was only a matter of time. but I'm betting they are charging out the ying yang to unlock things. I hope im wrong but I don't get that fuzzy feeling that this game will be openly free.
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May 28, 2015, 10:57
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Wild star is a great game I just hated feeling obligated to play it by paying a monthly fee. Glad to see they went free to play, now I can get back into it.
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Neat. We'll see how this work for them!
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Shocking! Well, now I can jump in whenever I get the urge.
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That's cool, I wanted to spend more time with this in beta but got wrapped up with other stuff. I'll definitely give it another chance.
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