WildStar, Carbine Studios sci-fi mmorpg is dropping it’s $15 monthly subscription fee in favor of a free-to-play model. This shift in policy is planned to attract a wider audience, and comes after only one year of being released.
Since launch we’ve listened to all of your feedback and worked hard to improve your game experience. Part of that goal has always been to bring more players in to experience WildStar, and that’s what Free-to-Play is all about.
According to Carbine, after the shift to free-to-play anyone will be able to download Wildstar and play without spending any money, be it either to buy the game or to pay a mandatory subscription.
This new free-to-play model is going to have two account types, as listed by Carbine:
- Free: Free accounts get full access to the game. There is no recurring payment of any kind required.
- Signature: Signature accounts get everything provided by the Free service, along with the unique bonuses and benefits detailed below. Signature accounts require a payment plan offered in 1-, 3-, 6-, and 12-month increments including C.R.E.D.D., Game Time Card, or recurring payments.
Alongside both account types, Wildstar will also feature optional in-game purchases that “cover a wide range of player services, convenience options, and cosmetic offerings.”
Players who still have an active subscription or game time by the time of the free-to-play transition will see their account converted to Signature service for the duration of their current “active period.”
Additionally, players who were “continuous subscribers from WildStar’s launch” until the transition will earn some exclusive items and the “Living Legend” and “Nexus Loyalist” titles.
Carbine Studios also released a new trailer to celebrate the announcement: