Free-to-play sci-fi MMO WildStar is being shutdown. This because maker, Carbine Studios is shutting down.
Carbine Studio parent company NCsoft said in a statement, “Today, we are closing Carbine Studios and will begin the process of winding WildStar down to ultimately shutter the game.”
NCsoft further stated that any WildStar players who had spent money in the game as far back as July 1, 2018 would be refunded. Additionally, they’re in the process of shifting people around from Carbine to other roles within the organisation while the closing process occurs.
Those of you who aren’t aware of WildStar, the MMORPG launched in 2014, which was pretty late for an MMO considering the craze had died down. However, it had a subscription fee of 10$ initially. After a year the subscirption fee was removed and the game went free-to-play. The game was actually pretty good, with some elements that made it standout among MMOs that are still in existence today. However, that wasn’t enough to keep the playerbase alive. Even the move to Steam a year after going free-to-play didn’t help the game much. While the peak player count on Steam was just over 5000, the concurrent player count was pretty low, and hasn’t crossed 200 for almost a year now. So it’s unfortunate, but not surprising.
Still no info on when exactly WildStar will shut down.
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