WildStar is going free-to-play? Stock recall is happening

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History repeating? The MMORPG WildStar from NCsoft and Carbine Studios could be going free-to-play or at the very least buy-to-play, the same model that is currently used by Guild Wars 2 and The Elder Scrolls Online. According to games.on.net, major Australian retailers (EB Games and JB Hi-Fi) are being instructed to take the WildStar stock off their shelves and return it to the distributor, something that happened with The Elder Scrolls Online less than a month before the business model change announcement.

An EB games employee told games.on.net that the stock had been removed “a few weeks ago” and mentioned that the game might go free-to-play. This is just a rumor however, so we’ll continue following this story to see if WildStar is in fact going F2P.

WildStar didn’t turn out as awesome as it was expected to be, despite much hype and some obvious qualities which were diminished by some glaring flaws, such as the endgame. There was even a lot of turmoil and internal spite in developer Carbine Studios, which lost 60 employees in October 2014, with the staff blaming the management team for a ruinous management – one review by an ex-employee even calls Carbie Studios “A place where morale goes to die…”

WildStar could also be partially blamed (so to speak) for the eternal delay of the western Blade & Soul release, since it commanded most of the NCsoft focus.

Is one of the last subscription-model standard bearers going free-to-play soon? We’ll keep you updated!

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  • Muhammad Yasir

    PLEASE GO F2P I REALLY WANNA PLAY FOR FREE!

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    • Zero F seiei

      no u dont want to play it !

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      • Muhammad Yasir

        why, is it bad???

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  • Wyzak

    The glory days of MMOs are over.

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  • henkpotlood

    I would rather have them make it B2P.

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    • http://www.freemmostation.com/ FreeMMOStation

      It could happen.

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  • ShadowFang

    Cool. I’m onboard if it makes the transition. Definitely not a fan of subscriptions when I just don’t get the chance to play MMO’s that much, really. F2P and B2P definitely let me go at my own (really slow) pace, and I don’t feel like I’m getting ripped off every month if I don’t play that much.

    I mean, I had hoped that Wildstar would be fine without players like me, but what’s done is done. I just hope such a move would indeed help the game out. I’ll definitely be watching this closely. And if it happens, I’ll definitely jump in and give it a try.

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