More details surrounding WildStar, Carbine Studios' new MMO, have arisen at gamescom. In the debut CG and gameplay videos, we saw three individuals varying in race and class. Turns out, they will all be playable in WildStar.
The golem is a Granok, a fierce race of mercenaries with an affinity for violence. They have flocked to the planet Nexus in search of the Dominion -- the bad guys in WildStar. The individual in the trailers is a Granok Warrior, who relies heavily on melee and tech-powered attacks, which are in turn powered by Adrenaline and Fuel Cells, respectively. Adrenaline will drain once you are out of combat. Fuel Cells, on the other hand, regen on their own.
The normal-looking man is, simply, a Human. In WildStar, the Humans have been driven off their homeworld by the tyrannical Dominion and now seek to establish a new home on Nexus. The Human we saw in the trailers is actually a Spellslinger (not gunslinger), armed with a set of magic pistols and a teleport ability.
Just as the Warrior has Adrenaline and Fuel Cells, a Spellslinger uses Charge and Arcana. Charge determines the power behind your attacks and can recharge automatically or by performing magical attacks. Arcana is also tied to magical abilities and regenerates quickly whenever the Spellslinger is in combat, though like Adrenaline, it degens while out of combat.
The purple furry is an Aurin, native to a (gasp) forest homeworld that had been invaded by the Dominion. Like the Humans, they go to Nexus in search of safe refuge. The Aurin seen in the videos is an Esper class, which uses Combo Points and Mana.
Combo Points will decay out of combat and may be regenerated by using "Builder abilities such as Telekinetic Strike." Esper players may also consume their Combo Points to increase the effectiveness of certain abilities. Mana is pretty straightforward. You basically need this to cast magic, and your Mana will recharge over time once you've left combat.
So far, it sounds like the gamescom demo is restricted to these three race-class combinations, but players should be able to customize class, race, and gender once the game is out, whenever that is. Also unclear at this point is whether WildStar will feature additional races and classes in the final build.
Carbine has yet to confirm a date, and WildStar is still in its pre-alpha stages. Beta registration has already begun via the official website.