One of Carbine Studios' greatest promises to WildStar players has been a dedication to monthly content drops. It's been a consistent topic of discussion each time I've spoken to Carbine, who at launch stated they'd dedicated over 50% of their development team post-launch content and how that would increase as launch issues were dealt with. 16 monthly drops were said to be in development prior to "The Strain's" release. Sixteen. It was a promise that likely drove many players to purchase and subscribe to WildStar.
That promise, however, now appears to have been abandoned by Carbine Studios. In an interview with MMORPG Life at Gamescom, Senior Game Designer Megan Starks states that the next WildStar content drop, "The Defile," will not only be released in the next, "few months," rather than at the start of September. She also implies that this will be commonplace for all future content drops and that the monthly promise is no longer something Carbine will be dedicated to.
Part of me wants to say that this is for the best. Both of the first two content drops for WildStar, The Strain and Sabotage, have had their issues. The proliferation of daily quests in the WildStar Elder Game and PvP in general are both rather controvertial topics in WildStar right now, with the two content drops embracing those areas respectively. Carbine taking the time to polish their content and dedicating themselves to releasing fun, lasting experiences is absolutely something worth supporting.
At the same time, a promise to fans should never casually be broken. Hopefully Jeremy Gaffney and his "No Bull****" approach to WildStar's development can put together a producer's letter or something along those lines to better explain the situation -- and hopefully soon.
WildStar is a subscription-based MMO currently available on PC. Expect more news on "The Defile" content drop in the weeks, or months, ahead.