It’s been anything but a quiet month for the development team behind WildStar. Sure, the game isn’t out for you to play at the moment, but there’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes. According to the latest WildStar Wednesday by executive producer Jeremy Gaffney, part of the trouble with an MMO is that you simultaneously have to deliver more content than a normal boxed game while being more flexible to player feedback.
So what’s been going on behind the scenes? The development team has been working on designing the game’s mid-level zones, distinct from the low-level zones that have been previewed thus far. There’s also more work being done on the game’s second faction and the earliest implementations of raids, PvP matches, and instanced dungeons. If you’re an avid fan of the game, you’ll want to check out the latest dispatch for a few more teases of what you can expect from future Wednesday reveals and the game’s eventual launch.
I was excited about this game once. But now I know that they basically have no chance with NCSoft as their boss.
I feel sorry for the people at Carbine. Wildstar looks like it could be an amazingly fun game. But it won’t last. With the Exception of Guild Wars and City of Heroes, none of NCSoft’s Western titles have lasted past 3 years.
Now City of Heroes is unceremoniously being killed. No sunset. No merging of servers. No gradual ramping back of support. Just killed. Killed when it was seriously looking like some of their best content was about to be released. With any of the other titles NCSoft axed, you could argue that at least they were unprofitable. Not so with City of Heroes. It was always in the black financially. So shutting it down makes no business sense at all.
So if the same company that makes an insane decision like that is the owner of Carbine studios, what kind of assurance do you have that they won’t simply roll up all the costs of developing Wildstar a few months after the game is released and shut it down as a tax write-off as well?
So tell me – as a potential customer. What assurance do I have that spending my hard-earned money on this game will not lead to yet ANOTHER dead game and wasted money? There is no assurance that anyone can give. Because NCSoft are not making sane business decisions. They have zero understanding of the Western market. Look at the Glass Door reviews from within the company