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WildStar: Reloaded has crash landed

WildStar: Reloaded's F2P launch has been a successful disaster.

WildStar has relaunched as WildStar: Reloaded, a free-to-play MMORPG. But it's already crashing and burning before our very eyes. Granted, it is their first day rolling out their free-to-play model, and there are bound to be some bumps in the road.

However, this game has always had issues, right from their very first launch back in June 2014. Between loads of bugs and constant server crashes, it started to lose player interest very fast, and even had some asking for their money back. So it was no surprise when WildStar was pulled from the shelves in Australia, and rumors began to spread about it going free-to-play.

Now that it has been “reloaded” the same old issues have arisen, along with some new ones. The launcher has been crashing and not allowing players to log in through their NCSoft accounts -  it’s giving an “Unhandled NC Platform Error 15” message. Some players are stuck on the character creation screen, and even once they get past that, the servers are full of players, so there's a lot of lag.

Returning players shouldn't expect to get on to the servers any time soon, since there is a long waiting queue. This may be due to a lack of servers and the added traffic of the F2P launch. Some players are even complaining about missing characters that were supposed to transfer over from closing servers.

As for newcomers, beware that you may get stuck in character creation for a long time, and the tutorial has even crashed some players out of the game completely. Even though this game is “Reloaded”, it's clear that the developers weren’t ready for people to come storming onto their servers. It is also a shame that the same issues have been happening for over a year, with little to no relief for the veteran players.

Hopefully the new traffic WildStar is getting will allow the developers to provide more servers, and receive helpful feedback from the players.

Published Sep. 30th 2015
  • Durinn McFurren
    Contributor
    Yeah... I never had any of these issue since I started playing WildStar. I wasn't around at launch, of course, but I've been playing around 6 months and everything ran very smoothly during that time.

    Also, you could still find WildStar on the shelves right up until the f2p transiton. I don't know if some stores pulled it from the shelves, but certainly not all did that.
  • Jessi_Cat
    Columnist
    I have made corrections and will be doing an update post later in the future. This post was to let new players and maybe even some older players know that the games re-launch has been messy.
  • Zeke_2405
    Shut up, dumbface! The article is perfect. <3
  • skymaul_1712
    Not entirely accurate. WildStar wasn't pulled from the shelves. They quit making the box versions because they were going F2P. WildStar had been in my local stores here a long time (up to F2P).

    Compared to other games that have undergone a major launch, the lag and server crashes is the same... No new game has ever stood out in this area. Also, this is a re-launch - not just a game update / patch.

    Further, I have been playing for the past 6 months and have not experienced the issues you claim that have been ongoing.

    I think this review is really premature at best ...

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