When redeemed, C.R.E.E.D. will add an extra month of game time to your account. There are two ways to obtain it: you can either buy it from other players using in-game gold at the Commodities Exchange (CX), or buy it directly from Carbine at the WildStar website where it will cost $19.99 / €16.99 / ￡11.99 – slightly more than a month’s subscription, which costs $14.99 / €12.99 / ￡8.99 (though discounts exist if you lock yourself in for longer periods). It can be stockpiled, and you can chain redemptions so you never have to pay a penny to play the game beyond buying the box.
A standard monthly subscription, or the use of an in-game item called “C.R.E.D.D.” to gain a month of game time.
At first glance, this seems incongruous. Why would you buy a month’s worth of game time for more than a month of game time is worth? The answer is because Carbine is trying to get a handle on one of the most persistent problems to blight MMOs: gold-selling.
In terms of why C.R.E.D.D. was chosen for the game, Carbine has explained it’s trying to appeal to two key types of player: The first is the individual who has a lot of time, but little money (think students, or teenagers). These guys will probably be wanting to buy C.R.E.D.D. on the CX as they’ll have the time to acquire in-game gold, so won’t have to spend any real money. The second type is the person with little time, but more disposable income (think people with jobs and/or families). They won’t have time to grind in-game gold, but they’re probably not going to miss the dime a day they’re spending on the game via subscription.
When it comes to the subscriptions on offer, it’s pretty familiar territory for anyone who’s played an MMO before. If you want one month, it’ll cost $14.99 / €12.99 / ￡8.99. Signing up for three months brings this down to $13.99 / €11.99 / ￡8.49 a month, while locking yourself in for six months takes it to $12.99 / €10.99 / ￡7.99 a month. The best deal is a year-long subscription, with each month costing $10.99 / €9.99 / ￡6.99.
What do you reckon? It’s similar to the system used in EVE in that there are various opportunities to pay for the game the way that works for you.