Carbine Studios' space fantasy MMORPG that's set to add rocket boosters and wings to the theme park ride archetype is now planned to launch on June 3. WildStar launches June 3! Two factions, eight races, six character classes, PvP including Arenas, Battlegrounds and Warplots, PvE including Dungeons, Adventures, Housing and 40-man raids -- that's WildStar in a nutshell. WildStar would never settle for being stuck in a nutshell though, because there's a planet named Nexus that needs exploring.
Carbine Studios' executive producer Jeremy Gaffney was about as excited as an excited developer gets during crunch time when he offered the following statement:
"We’re stoked to launch WildStar. We’re looking forward to seeing the first players begin their journey on the unexplored planet of Nexus. Both noobs and MMO vets will have a blast with our fast-paced combat, while experienced guilds and groups will build complete battle-fortresses using our Warplot system and tackle some truly epic raids. We’ve aimed for fun and unique content for MMO gamers of all stripes from level one to level cap and beyond. WildStar is a brand new IP and new universe that has attracted more than 1.4 million beta signups already, so it seems like other gamers are also eager for something new and different in the MMO space."
I'm sad to say it, but unfortunatley WildStar will not have a collector's edition. I know several hardcore fans were really looking forward to supporting the game by buying a big box of WildStar related paraphenalia, but Carbine really just wants to focus on getting their game out without worrying too much about the other stuff. Plus, with all the rage around MMO subscriptions recently, I doubt offering a $100 CE would bring in too much positive press (though I'd still love to see it happen). Maybe as an expansion.
It is pretty easy for them to throw together a Digital Deluxe Edition of the game, however. For an extra $15, or $75 total, Digital Deluxe purchasers will acquire the following bonus loot:
- Eldan hoverboard
- Eldan-tech costume
- Eldan player title
- Limited-edition Eldan dye set
That's in addition to the content of the Standard Edition, which includes:
- Copy of WildStar for PC
- 30-days of play time
- 3 7-day friend passes
- Eldan-themed Housing Décor item
As should be apparent, it seems like the Digital Deluxe Edition of the game is more of an opportunity for fans to show their dedication to the game as opposed to providing a bevy of epic additional content. Sure, an early hoverboard is cool and exclusive gear is always appreciated, but for $15 you're probably going to want a little more substance for your money. Unless you really are just that psyched for WildStar.
Start playing WildStar on June 3, or 3 days in advance with pre-order, exclusively on PC. The Standard Edition of the game will cost $60, the Digital Deluxe $75, and can be acquired either through Carbine's personal WildStar shop or standard online retailers like Amazon or GameStop. Make sure to check out WildStar's preorder details for the opportunity to get beta access or early game access.