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|Delisting:||November 28, 2018|
|Available On:||None (after November 28, 2018)|
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After the news slipped to Kotaku at the beginning of September that both Carbine Studios and their MMO WildStar were to be shut down, the studio has made it official in a farewell statement posted on September 26th. Leading up to the game’s final day on November 28th, the team has some exciting events planned for existing players.
“From now until [November 28th] we’re going to do everything we can to honor the WildStar community, and show thanks for your support. In an attempt to recognize your dedication and love for WildStar and for those of you who have come to call Nexus your home, here are our plans from now until the servers close”
For starters new purchases through Steam have been disabled and all purchases made on or after July 1st, 2018 will be reimbursed in full. Further details are available for anyone who made additional purchases here. In the game’s final update the playing field has been leveled with currency conversions and drop rates increased so fans can enjoy as much content as possible. Seasonal in-game events are also being rotated out at a quicker rate so everyone has a chance to revisit their favorites. Check out the update notes for all the end-of-the-world changes.
“We are truly grateful for the vibrant community that grew around WildStar, and for all of your support throughout the life of this game,” Carbine’s post closes. “Our hope is that in these last couple months we can all celebrate the great adventures you’ve had on Planet Nexus—and have some fun along the way.
Again, a most heartfelt thank you goes out from all of us to you for sharing this wild, intergalactic ride with us, and to helping make WildStar an experience that truly could not have been possible without you. Thank you.”
Confirmation came by way of Kotaku yesterday that Carbine Studios and their most recent release, the 2014 MMORPG WildStar, are both being shut down. According to Kotaku’s source who was “briefed on the shutdown”, 50 staff members will soon be let go and a small team will manage the game until it is retired.
“Today, we are closing Carbine Studios and will begin the process of winding WildStar down to ultimately shutter the game,” publisher NCSoft told Kotaku. “WildStar players who have spent money within the game will be refunded purchases from July 1, 2018 until the payment system is shut off. We are also in the process of identifying the teams that will be doing the work to bring WildStar to a close. These decisions are very difficult to make and we are in the midst of shifting as many of our teammates as possible into other roles within the organization.”
WildStar went free-to-play in 2015 and is currently still available from NCSoft and on Steam, if anyone is looking to check it out before it’s gone. Until concrete details arrive I’m going to add the game to the Watch List calendar for a tentative December 31st deadline. I’ll update once NCSoft and Carbine release more info.