MMO WildStar has officially announced its payment model

Pay a fee, or don’t!

The upcoming MMO WildStar looks pretty solid. It’s got a good sense of humor, style, and appears to be different enough to fill a certain niche. Today the team at NCSoft has officially announced the game’s business model, answering the long-awaited question of “will WildStar be free-to-play?” The answer is an unsure “kinda?”

All players must first buy the game for $60, which comes with one month of free time. From there, players have two options: pay a monthly fee of $15, or purchase “C.R.E.D.D.” with in-game gold. Each C.R.E.D.D. is worth one month of game time, and the in-game price will fluctuate depending on the economy at the time. It’s all explained here in this FAQ

The “alternate route” seems nice, though I worry that in order to keep it up, players will have to spend most of their time farming money to keep playing WildStar. I am glad that they’ve decided to go primarily with the subscription model though, since, to me, it shows confidence in their game and respect to their paying customers.

Patrick Hancock
During the day, he teaches high school kids about history. At night he kicks their butts in competitive games like Rocket League, Dota 2, Overwatch, and Counter-Strike. Disclosure: I've personally backed Double Fine Adventure, Wasteland 2, Dead State, SPORTSFRIENDS, Torment: Tides of Numera, STRAFE, and The Binding of Isaac: Four Souls. I have previously written for AbleGamers.com and continue to support them whenever possible (like HumbleBundle).