WildStar: Reloaded has crash landed
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.