Carbine Studios, published by NCsoft has launched a new MMORPG into beta. Unveiled in 2011 during Gamescom, the new MMORPG, “Wildstar,” takes place on a planet named Nexus where it was once inhabited by a hyper-advanced race of aliens who left behind concealed lost technology. The factions, Exile and Dominion, fight hoping to gain control of these lost wonders. Being a science fiction themed MMORPG, “Wildstar” offers something new to fans of “World of Warcraft” or “Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.” Like its counterparts, “Wildstar” has four creative races players can choose from each faction. On the “Exile” side, players can choose from Humans, Granoks, Aurins, or Mordeshs. While players who choose the “Dominion” faction can pick Casians, Drakens, Chuas, or Mecharis. Detailed descriptions of each race can be found here and videos describing the classes can be found here.
Like every MMORPG, “Wildstar” offers open world environments where players can level from one to fifty by questing, doing dungeons, and playing PvP. Characters are able to decide whether they would like to tank, heal, or dps as “Wildstar” is creating end game raiding. Unlike other MMORPGs, “Wildstar” offers a new combat system where players will need to cast their spells in the right direction in order to damage enemies. There is an option to turn this off and have the system auto-target enemies, but by doing so some spells won’t be able to hit as many enemies as a well-placed free-targeted spell would. Another feature “Wildstar” offers is a new concept called “Housing,” where players can own a plot of land in the sky where they can build and decorate their own houses as well as place farms, crafting benches, mines, and other things on the land. These plots can be accessed by anyone who has the owner’s permission. While this new feature is not a required part of the game, it offers players the creativity to make and design something special and unique.
Competing with the major MMORPGs out there like “World of Warcraft,” “Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn,” and “Star Wars: The Old Republic,” the creators of “Wildstar” are adding a monthly fee that gives a month of play time. “Wildstar” is also offering something for the players who don’t want to pay to play the game. Taking notes from the game “EVE Online,” players will be able to purchase in-game items that will grant a month of play time. These in-game items can be traded to other players for in-game currency or items. One question remains. Will “Wildstar” regulate the purchase and consumption of these in-game items? As many MMORPG players know, people in “EVE Online” have created online businesses selling game time to players for a cheap price. “Wildstar” is a beautiful and creative game that MMORPG players have been waiting for, but there is the possibility that it will be exploited and turned into a scammer infested game.