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PAX: WildStar devs have grand plans for endgame content photo
PAX: WildStar devs have grand plans for endgame content
by Chris Carter

As people know, I'm a big proponent of a strong endgame content plan for MMOs, even at launch. As I wandered into the WildStar booth at PAX East, I was wondering if Carbine Studios (and publisher NCsoft), had a real plan in mind for their newest MMO, launching in 2013.

Speaking to Chad Moore, Lead Narrative Designer of Wildstar, it looks like that's actually a major focus of their design philosophy. He referred to content past the level cap (level 50) as "Elder Games," which will be a collection of various content for people to play well after the first month of the game.

Moore explains, "Most MMOs are great games, up until they're over. When people get to the level cap, there's not a whole lot to do. But, MMOs don't end when you get to the cap. There's got to be strong support for raids, dungeons, and group PVP."

He wasn't ready to talk about payment plans yet, but he did say they were open to free-to-play, subscriptions, or a hybrid like Guild Wars 2 -- "whatever works for the players and the game," Moore said.

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12:00 PM on 03.20.2013

Build your own death fortress in sci-fi MMO WildStar

Carbine Studios' upcoming MMO WildStar hasn't shown enough for me to full opinion yet, but we're starting to get there. This new trailer, while excited beyond belief, does offer a great little overview of what the game is al...

Jordan Devore

12:00 PM on 02.06.2013

Sci-fi MMO WildStar launching this year

NCSoft's science-fiction MMO WildStar is officially coming at some point out this year. Taking place on the planet Nexus, WildStar pits players against the Dominion who has taken over Nexus and claimed it for its own. W...

Patrick Hancock

4:00 PM on 12.02.2012

A final farewell to City of Heroes

Four years and seven months. That's how long I was a paying subscriber for City of Heroes. Looking back, I enjoyed most, if not all, of my time with the game. I've forged and strengthened relationships within the community that I never thought I would. City of Heroes is the best MMORPG I have ever played, and I am very sad to see it go. Farewell, City of Heroes.

Patrick Hancock

6:30 PM on 11.12.2012

'The Lost Shores' Guild Wars 2 event starts this week

It's another big month for Guild Wars 2 as ArenaNet prepares to kick off a one-time world event for the game dubbed "The Lost Shores." The official site offers a glimpse at this new storyline, which will begin at 12:00pm Paci...

Jordan Devore

10:00 PM on 10.22.2012

Guild Wars 2: Shadow of the Mad King starts today

If you've been neglecting Guild Wars 2 as I regrettably have, the latest content update should offer plenty of incentive for you to clear some time for ArenaNet's Halloween festivities. Shadow of the Mad King begins today wit...

Jordan Devore

10:30 AM on 09.14.2012

NCSoft confirms Western development of MMO Blade & Soul

Above you'll see the very first Western trailer for NCSoft's newest MMOROG, Blade & Soul. It's being developed for Western audiences by Team Bloodlust, the in-house studio based in NCsoft’s HQ in Seoul. The ti...

Dale North



Your guide to Guild Wars 2 photo
Your guide to Guild Wars 2
by Aerox

With the Guild Wars 2 headstart beginning tomorrow, many of you will be playing the game for the first time. Some of you may still be on the fence about whether to purchase it or not (hint: you should). If you haven't played in any of the beta weekends, or even if you have and just didn't have much time to explore, there are a number of things about Guild Wars 2 you need to know that aren't directly apparent.

We often joke about a "right way" and a "wrong way" to play games, but it's a concept that I truly believe applies to Guild Wars 2. It may look similar to other MMOs -- you'll see a few quests, some hotbars, traditional MMO classes -- but the fundamental mechanics stray significantly from most other games in the genre.

Unfortunately, the game itself doesn't exactly hold your hand. If you try to play Guild Wars 2 like World of Warcraft or the Old Republic, looking for connect-the-dots quest chains to grind out, there's a good chance you'll find yourself confused, frustrated, and wondering what the big deal is.

Don't worry, I'm here to help.

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10:00 PM on 07.08.2012

Guild Wars 2 gets 4-disc soundtrack signed by composer

Those itching to get their hands on the single-disc Guild Wars 2 Collector's Edition Soundtrack that is shipping with the game's collector's edition in late August will likely be surprised by the posting today on DirectSong, ...

Jayson Napolitano

9:00 PM on 04.18.2012

Soon: Guild Wars 2 beta event is next weekend

Despite knowing full well that I'll eventually buy Guild Wars 2 and would really like to get into the beta sooner rather than later, I've avoided pre-purchasing the game. Well, until now, that is. NCsoft and ArenaNet have fin...

Jordan Devore





3:45 PM on 04.10.2012

You can pre-purchase Guild Wars 2 today so do that

You can't see me right now, so you'll just have to take my word for it: I'm jumping for joy. Why, you ask? Well I just pre-purchased Guild Wars 2. If you haven't done so already then you can, too. NCsoft and ArenaNet hav...

Fraser Brown

5:00 PM on 03.21.2012

NCsoft bows out of E3, probably playing Farmville instead

I know you folks are starting to compile your own personal lists of who will or won't be in attendance at E3 this year, right? Well it seems you can definitely count on seeing Zynga there, so go ahead and breathe a sigh of re...

Liam Fisher

5:00 PM on 03.13.2012

Guild Wars 2 Collector's Ed., pre-purchase offer detailed

Fans eager to toss a wad of cash NCsoft's way for Guild Wars 2 will want to hear about the publisher's pre-purchase plan -- it grants access to all beta weekend events, a three-day head start at launch, and an exclusive in-ga...

Jordan Devore

6:30 PM on 02.28.2012

NCsoft throws us a chicken bone with freemium mobile game

NCsoft's Hoppin' Chicken, formerly known as iHop -- Getaway Chicken, is not only undergoing a name change, but is also making the move from a purchasable game to freemium. New features, including extra gameplay modes, pu...

Victoria Medina

3:30 PM on 02.27.2012

Upcoming Guild Wars 2 closed beta set for next month

During peak periods, 4,000 people per minute signed up to participate in the Guild Wars 2 closed beta. No wonder the website went down so quickly. To be fair, the game increasingly sounds like something many of us desperately...

Jordan Devore



Guild Wars 2 beta sign-ups are live photo
Guild Wars 2 beta sign-ups are live
by Aerox

Hot on the heels of last weekend's closed press beta, ArenaNet is now taking applications for all future Guild Wars 2 beta events. Sign-ups will only be open for the next 48 hours, so if you're interested, you should put your name in the running immediately.

All you need to do is head to this website, submit your contact information and your DxDiag file, and you're registered for future beta events. There's no guarantee you'll get in, and specific dates for future betas haven't been announced yet, but if you're at all interested in Guild Wars 2 I strongly suggest you sign up.

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