WildStar launches Free-to-Play Closed Beta

NCSOFT and Carbine Studios have officially announced that the closed beta for WildStar’s upcoming free-to-play transition is live. Players granted access to the closed beta will be able to experience all of the new and improved features available in the popular MMO’s biggest content update yet.

“We can’t wait to have players get into beta and check out all the new content,” said Mike Donatelli, product director, Carbine Studios. “Inviting players to test all these systems is key to our success. We’re looking to them to provide critical feedback that will enable us to launch free-to-play this fall.”

The WildStar closed beta is accessible to all current subscribers to WildStar as well as non-subscribers who have received a closed beta key. Anyone can sign up for a closed beta key by visiting the WildStar site and clicking the “Sign Up For Beta” button.

Highlights from the new content and features that will be coming in the free-to-play transition includes the Alpha Sanctum, which is new instance that brings players into WildStar’s world storyline much earlier in the game than ever before. The instance features creative gameplay, a unique environment, and a compelling narrative, while also introducing players to the mysteries of Nexus in an “unforgettable way.”

The new content will also introduce Madame Fay’s Fortunes, which will allow players to discover all-new treasures with an exciting, randomized reward system. The dev publisher teases the rewards in today’s announcement stating that players, “can turn a tiny investment into big, big shinies with the help of everyone’s favorite Lopp fortune-teller, Madame Fay.”

There is also a revamped Arkship and arrival sequence in the game that welcomes newcomers to WildStar and offers everyone the option of choosing where to start their Nexus adventure based on their level of MMO experience.

Character creation has also been overhauled, giving players a better understanding of the choices they’re making and the customization options available.

The new loyalty Program will allow any player who has ever invested money in WildStar by subscribing to the game, redeeming C.R.E.D.D., or purchasing MTX items to earn points in the game’s Loyalty Program. These reward points, which are also earned retroactively, give players access to additional gear, items, pets, mounts and more.

The game has also introduced a “multitude of quality-of-life improvements,” including a revamped sprint function, navpoints to help players keep track of their next objective, daily player login rewards, and much more.

The highly praised title WildStar announced that it would be going free-to-play earlier this year. WildStar is a sci-fi MMO where you can join your friends or undertake your own epic adventures on the fabled planet Nexus.

In the game players explore a huge and amazingly vibrant world packed with unique characters, exotic locations, thrilling challenges and dark mysteries. Players can recruit fellow citizens of Nexus to solve the primordial puzzles of the universe itself as you experience exhilarating action combat, character customization, and an in-depth housing system.

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