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PostSubject: NCSoft's WildStar MMO   Thu Sep 08, 2011 2:25 am



The first thing Jeremy Gaffney, Executive Producer for Carbine Studios’ WildStar Online
said to us press during our meeting with him last weekend was a pretty
bold statement. Carbine wants WSO to be “the deepest MMORPG ever
made.” Given the sheer amount of talent and experience on their staff,
it’s a claim that might just be possible if all hands are on deck and
working towards the same goal. Carbine is comprised of developers from
WoW, Warhammer, DAoC, CoH, FreeRealms, EQ and EQ2, Guild Wars… the list
goes on and on. It’s a virtual cornucopia of the industry’s best. The
founders helped make WoW into the beast it was, and in Jeremy’s own
words “left after the first bonus checks came in to form Carbine.” But
how will they deliver the deepest MMO ever?

By listening to the players and by remembering to make the game they
want to play. As a part of that, WildStar was on the show floor for
everyone to gets hands-on with and it’s still only in an alpha state.
They want to hear what players think work and what they don’t think will
fly. They want that feedback, they have metrics in place tracking
everything the folks at PAX did, and they’re ready and willing to change
some of their designs based on that feedback. Additionally, there are
three key facets to the game they’re focusing on. The first is its
art-style. Like something out of a Pixar film, it has to be agile and able to portray drama, danger, and fun when necessary. It has to be whimsical and light-hearted to keep things from being too serious all the time.

Then
there’s the setting. Created specifically for WSO, the game is a
hybrid between fantasy and science fiction (and will remind folks of
Titan A.E. and Firefly perhaps on purpose). The planet is Nexus, home
to Eldan: the universe’s eldest and most powerful race of beings. But
out of nowhere they vanished, and now the entire galaxy is swarming to
Nexus to pillage it, reap the benefits of that ancient power… and no one
is wondering just why the Eldan have disappeared. That will be up to
the players to help uncover. It’s a mystery the entire playerbase will
help solve.


Lastly, and quite simply the biggest part of WildStar Online achieving its goals is for Carbine to make the game that plays how they
want it to play. They’re gamers of all different types, and just like
the rest of us, they know from years of experience what works and what
simply doesn’t. It’s their goal to make sure that all the “suck” is
gone in WSO and we’re left only with the bits that really are
captivating and meaningful.


The big feature touted at PAX Prime
was the Path System Carbine is working into their flagship title.
Essentially, this is taking the styles of game known to MMO gamers
(explorer, socializer, killer, achiever) and building the entire game
around each of them. Sure you’ll still have your basic classes too, but
your Path is a secondary “class” as it were, and it mandates the sort
of activities you’ll be doing throughout the world of Nexus.


  • Explorer:
    This one’s for the players who love to chase down everything shiny in
    the game world. If you often get yelled at in groups for spending half
    an hour trying to climb a mountain, then playing an Explorer in WSO will
    be right up your alley… and even reward you for it and give you quests
    and missions around just that. A lot of the challenges based around
    being an Explorer will be to find hidden parts of the world, or surmount
    environmental hazards that only you may be able to (avalanches being a
    good one from our earlier demo impressions).
  • Soldier:
    This Path is for the many killers out there. Their chief function (at
    least on the show floor) was to provoke and engage the public quests in
    the area. This Path is for the folks whose main joy in MMO life is
    fighting things and taking on big or many monsters. What’s cool about
    the PQs is that they can only be enabled by the Soldiers, and they also
    scale each wave depending on how many folks are present. So if it’s
    just you, it’ll be solo-able and give solo rewards, but with a full
    group or dozens even it’ll scale up in both difficulty and rewards.
  • Scientist:
    Not on the show floor, Jeremy told us that this Path is for the people
    who love story and lore in their MMOs. Everything they do is about
    scanning relics, exploring ruins, and diving into the story of Nexus.
    It’s also for the “gotta catch ‘em all” mentality, where you just have
    to find every last detail or piece of a puzzle.
  • Settler:
    Also not available during PAX, this one sounds the perhaps the most
    intriguing of them all. This Path is for the social butterflies among
    us, those who like to organize and get people to work together, or plan
    and enact events. The entire path is built around social spaces and
    construction of them. An example Jeremy gave is a town’s security: the
    Settlers will take a broken droid and build it up into an entire
    force-field with roving robots to defend it, even turrets. More
    peacefully, they might help build shops and hospitals or even homes for
    players to inhabit. But they’ll do it all by engaging their fellow
    players as well.

This
innovation alone seemed strong enough to build a game around, but
Carbine doesn’t seem content to just let the Path mechanic stop there.
As mentioned before, it’s built into every facet of the game to give
each area of the world unprecedented depth. With the classes of your
characters and the paths they’ve chosen working together in tandem,
Carbine hopes to create an entire societal system while seamlessly
blending the sandbox and the theme-park mentality.
An example
Jeremy gave of how WildStar will get players lost in the game more than
ever before came from his own personal experience. He talked about a
starter town, around level six that has you find a quest giver, much
like any other game and he sends you off to fight these saber-tooth cat
type alien things in the wild. You know, just like any other game… but
when you get out there you then see these warrior huntresses: they’re
attractive and they want you to impress them. So you do, you start
fighting two or three saber-tooth things at a time and you gain more and
more favor with these huntresses. Then you get a challenge quest from
your cell phone saying you’ve done a great job and that you should try
to kill them even faster. So you do.

If
you’re an explorer, you may see an object high up in a tree and find
yourself opening up a brand new chain of quests tied to that object that
you first have to get to by climbing up there. If you’re a
scientist, you might find that some of the saber-tooth beasts look
different or mutated from the rest. Only you see this, and by delving
more into their bodies and mutations you may uncover more story and open
new quest hubs for the players in the world.



If you’re a settler, you
may take the hides from these beasts, and realize they would be perfect
for use as clothing and shelter back in town. If you’re a soldier, well
you just might track down the cause of these encroaching beasts and
destroy it thereby saving the town from the threat they posed. The next
thing you know, what seemed like a simple “go kill this” turns into a
three hour excursion in one of many different paths.



But the kicker,
says Gaffney, is that you always will be able to play at your pace. You
won’t ever feel rushed, and instead you’ll find out that there’s simply
a never-ending supply of things to do or discover.

And that’s basically the idea behind WildStar Online:
take all that normal stuff and do it in a new and interesting way. The
Paths, the classes, the momentum based combat, the world, the lore, and
the mechanics are all working together to create the richest, deepest
MMO available. From what we saw later on the show floor, which was only
level 3 content, we feel inclined to believe in Carbine Studios and
their goals.

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PostSubject: Re: NCSoft's WildStar MMO   Thu Sep 08, 2011 6:01 am

Not sure what to think of this yet

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PostSubject: Re: NCSoft's WildStar MMO   Thu Sep 08, 2011 6:07 am

same.the trailer is nicely done though.but need check out the gameplay first ^^


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PostSubject: Re: NCSoft's WildStar MMO   Thu Sep 08, 2011 1:02 pm

Yeah I checked the gameplay vid and it didn't look too impressive, too early to say anything though

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PostSubject: Re: NCSoft's WildStar MMO   Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:50 am



WildStar
fans will find a new destination awaiting them at the game's official
site today. Where does said destination lead, exactly? Why, right to the
beta sign-up page, which means that -- with any luck -- the game should
begin testing sometime in the near future. To sign up for yourself,
head on over to the game's official site.

[Edit: Apparently sign-ups were active last month. So there you go. Treat this as a reminder.]












  • Via: Blue's News
  • Source: WildStar beta sign-up
  • More coverage: WildStar official site

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PostSubject: Re: NCSoft's WildStar MMO   Thu Nov 03, 2011 5:37 am

yeh i seen the signups for this a month ago via my NCsoft account, but it required a long beta application as to why you would be a good beta applicant, which i couldn't be bothered filling out :P

The trailer looked interesting though

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PostSubject: Re: NCSoft's WildStar MMO   Thu Nov 03, 2011 6:25 am

same i took two look at the application and i decide not to apply heh,whenever they ask for postal code and phone number my bio alarm scream it is not worth applying for hehe

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