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Friday, September 7, 2018
Wildstar MMO Facing Shutdown after Developer Carbine Studios is Closed
Carbine Studios, the developers behind the science-fiction multiplayer online game Wildstar, was ordered closed yesterday by it's owner NCsoft. While the game itself will also close, no date has been given yet.
NCsoft issued a statement about the closing to Kotaku:
Today, we are closing Carbine Studios and will begin the process of winding WildStar down to ultimately shutter the game. 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.
The news was greeted with shock and sadness on the Wildstar forums, and presumably other gaming boards. Some put the blame on NCsoft, which had made the decision a few years ago to shut down another MMO with a group of devoted fans: City of Heroes. It is noteable that City of Heroes lasted three months after the company announced their decision to close it. So this may be the amount of time Wildstar has left.
In the game, players take on a character of one of the races in the Dominion, a space empire that controls known space, or the Exiles, a ragtag alliance of peoples that opposes it. Both seek control of the recently discovered planet of Nexus, the home of a vanished race and a storehouse of valuable artifacts and ancient knowledge. The game was unveiled in 2011, and the Newser would write about Wildstar during it's open beta in 2014. The game would be released in June 2014, and made free-to-play a little more than a year later. The game received some praise for it's lighthearted style, as well as being one of the few sci-fi games in a field dominated by fantasy.
Sources: Kotaku, Wildstar