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WildStar Is Going Free-to-Play! Here’s All You Need to Know

Written by Team WildStar on May 28, 2015

WildStar transitions to free-to-play on September 29, 2015, and below you’ll find the information you need to enjoy your time on Nexus—for free!

If you don’t see your question answered below be sure to check out our detailed Knowledge Base, or check to see if there’s an answer for your question in the forums.

Q: What does "free-to-play" mean?
A: “Free-to-play” means that anyone can play without spending any money to buy WildStar and without committing to a required subscription fee.

Q: Is the game really free?
A: Players can download the game, create an account, log in, and play through everything the game has to offer without spending any money, so yes, we do mean free! That said, we’ll also offer completely optional in-game purchases that cover a wide range of player services, convenience options, and cosmetic offerings.

Q: What happens if I have an active subscription, game time through C.R.E.D.D., or a game time card applied when WildStar goes free-to-play?
A: All accounts that have an active recurring payment method, C.R.E.D.D. redemption, or a game time card redemption when the transition occurs will be considered active. These accounts will automatically convert to Signature service, which will persist until their current “active period” ends. For example, if an account has 20 days of time remaining through one of the methods above, those 20 days will convert to Signature service since game access is now open to everyone.

Players with a recurring payment plan for subscription service will have that plan automatically converted into a recurring plan for Signature status.

Players with non-recurring payments, C.R.E.D.D., or a game time card will need to apply another payment to their account to continue their Signature service, should they choose to.

Active accounts will receive an amount of Cosmic Points based on:

  • Redemption of a WildStar product code
  • Purchases made on the WildStar website
  • Purchases or redemption of C.R.E.D.D.

Additionally, as a reward to those who were continuous subscribers from WildStar’s launch until the transition to free-to-play, we’re giving away an exclusive Ikthian Crawler mount, an exclusive DJ Caretaker housing décor item, a Disco Snoglug companion pet, a new housing music track, four months of Signature service, and two new titles: “Living Legend” and “Nexus Loyalist.” These bonuses will be granted to these players on September 29, 2015.

If you missed out on launch, but you maintain your subscription from June 15 until launch on September 29, you’ll receive everything except for the Ikthian Crawler mount and “Living Legend” title.

Q: What is NCoin and how is it used?
A: NCoin is purchased with real money and used on the in-game store to purchase boosts, bonuses, and cosmetic items. NCoin can be purchased through NCSOFT account management, or in-game directly from the store. Purchasing and spending NCoin both reward Cosmic Points.

Q: If I have an inactive account when the game goes Free-to-Play and I return to the game, what should I expect for my account?
A: All existing accounts that don’t have an active recurring payment method, C.R.E.D.D. redemption, or game time card redeemed when the transition occurs will be considered inactive. These accounts will automatically convert to the free service, which will persist until the account holder chooses to sign up for Signature service.

Those who purchased and claimed a box code for WildStar before September 29 will receive some grandfathered benefits only available to box-purchasers, which will ensure that these accounts retain an experience that most closely matches that of the launch game. These benefits include:

Item

Free Players

Box Purchasers

Character Slots

2

12

Costume Slots

4

6

Personal Bank

2 Slots

5 Slots

Decor

1000 total decor items placed

2000 total decor items placed

You’ll also receive an amount of Cosmic Points based on:

  • The version of the box redeemed (Standard vs. Deluxe)
  • The number of months subscribed through recurring payment, C.R.E.D.D. or game time cards prior to the free-to-play launch

Q: What are Cosmic Points?
A: All WildStar players will be part of our new Cosmic Rewards program where they will accumulate Cosmic Points to earn special items and perks. In fact, if you ever bought WildStar you’ve already earned some! More details are available in our Cosmic Rewards overview.

Q: How much of the game is accessible to free players?
A: We place no restrictions on any of the game’s content. Every zone, every dungeon, every raid, every battleground... they’re all available. All players will be able to create characters of every race, class, and path, and choose any tradeskills they like. Characters can achieve level 50 and path level 30, just as they can under the current system. There are some initial restrictions on services and social functions—which can be unlocked through the Cosmic Rewards system—as noted in the table below.

Q: What access will free players have to future game content?
A: Most new content and features will be available to both free and Signature players. However, we do plan to include optional purchases with all new content. We may also offer some new content and full expansion packs exclusively for purchase in the future.

Q: What types of accounts will be offered when the game goes free-to-play?
A: There will two main types of account when the game transitions to free-to-play:

  • Free accounts get full access to the game, and there is no recurring payment of any kind required.
  • Signature accounts get everything provided by the free service, along with the unique bonuses and benefits detailed below. Signature accounts require a payment plan offered in 1-, 3-, 6-, and 12-month increments including C.R.E.D.D., a game time card, or recurring payments.

Q: What’s the difference between a free account and a Signature account?
A: There are several perks available as part of the Signature program.

Feature

Free

Signature

Auction House

Three (3) active buy bids

Three (3) active sell lots

Thirty (30) active buy bids

Thirty (30) active sell lots

Circles

Can join one (1) Circle

Cannot invite into or create Circles

Can join five (5) Circles

Can create and invite anyone (including Free players) into Circles

Circuit Board Crafting

No bonuses

-15% Overcharge Risk

Commodities Exchange

Three (3) active buy orders

Three (3) active sell orders

Thirty (30) active buy orders

Thirty (30) active sell orders

Coordinate Crafting

No bonuses

+10% Target Radius Size

Currency

Earn currency at normal rates

Earn 25% extra currency

Gathering

Normal rate

10% bonus material proc chance

Guilds

Cannot invite into or create a Guild

Can create and invite anyone (including free players) into a Guild

Holiday Events

Earn currency at normal rates

Earn 25% extra currency

PTR Access

No

Yes

Queue Bypass

No priority

Priority access

Reputation

Earn reputation at normal rates

Earn 50% extra rep from combat

Earn 25% extra rep from quests

"Wake Here" Cooldown

1 hour

Cooldown time reduced by 50%

Rest XP

1% every 12 hours, capped at 150% of the current level

Earning rate doubled, capped at 200% of the current level

XP

Earn XP at normal rates

Earn 25% extra XP

Warparties

Cannot invite into or create a Warparty

Can create and invite anyone (including free players) into a Warparty

Cosmic Points

No bonuses

Cosmic Points earned for each month’s renewal

 

Q: Will Signature players play together on the same realms with free players?
A: Yes.

Q: Are there any perks a free player can get without becoming Signature?
A: A number of the Signature perks can be unlocked through the Cosmic Rewards program. Visit the Cosmic Rewards overview for a full list of unlockable perks and their Cosmic Point requirements.

We'll keep this FAQ continuously updated. If you have a question not covered here, check out our Knowledge Base or let us know on the Forums so we can add it to the list.

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