It appears that NCSoft has finally decided to cut ties with WildStar and its developer Carbine Studios. According to Kotaku, the staff was informed of the closures in a meeting earlier today.
Of all the recent games to come to a close, WildStar is one of the least surprising. Many MMORPG players and news outlets had high hopes for the game during launch, but it was clear that things were rushed to meet deadlines. Numbers were initially high, but the population declined with the numerous bugs, progression issues, and general lack of listening to the community.
All of that, combined with a slow post-release schedule, ended up with the game being put on life support much earlier than expected. Eventually, WildStar went free-to-play, and it was slightly revived, but never returned to its former glory. Starting today, Carbine Studios will be closed with WildStar to eventually follow suit.
NCSoft made this announcement:
“Today, we are closing Carbine Studios and will begin the process of winding WildStar down to ultimately shutter the game,” NCSoft said in a statement. “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 is a game that I, and many others, had high hopes for but it simply couldn’t live up to expectations. It was the last real attempt at a “WoW killer” and looked to be successful on launch. However, bad management and game design decisions hurt the game early in its life and it simply couldn’t recover. It’s a sad day when any MMORPG, or game studio, shuts down and we wish the best for Carbine’s employees.