Proving once again that very few MMORPG titles can maintain a subscription model for longer than two years, Carbine Studios’ sci-fi wild west game WildStar is switching to a free-to-play model before the end of this month. This is the second big MMO from 2014 to drop its subscription model this year; in March, The Elder Scrolls Online dropped subscriptions in favour of a once-off purchase instead.
Originally costing $14.99 a month, WildStar is in the transitioning phase that will convert the game into a free-to-play title. You’ll be able to play through every aspect of the game from beginning to end without spending a cent, but there will obviously be optional in-game purchases for things like “player services, convenience options, and cosmetic offerings”.
As with any MMO’s transition to free-to-play, there’s a lengthy FAQ over on the website that explains what will happen to those players with active accounts and remaining subscription time. All accounts are being converted to Free accounts, but those with active subscription are being converted to Signature accounts.
Naturally, the Signature accounts get access to a plethora of extra features. Nearly everything the Signature accounts get will also be available to Free accounts, albeit in smaller quantities. For example: as a Free account you’ll get access to three bid slots and three sell slots in the Auction House; Signature accounts will get 30 bid and 30 sell slots.
Active accounts with subscription will also be getting exclusive titles, house décor items, pets and mounts, with extra special loot being handed over to those who have had an active subscription since the game’s June 2014 launch.
If you want to dive into WildStar early, then they are offering beta sign-ups for the free-to-play version over on the game’s website. That or you could wait another three weeks until the whole game shifts into free-to-play anyway.
You can check out a teaser for the free-to-play conversion below.