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Heroes Evolved Update on PTR

Written by Chad “Pappy” Moore on June 28, 2016

Hey all, Pappy here!

It’s been an awesome few weeks for WildStar. As you probably know, we released on Steam on June 9, welcoming a bunch of crazy new kids to the WildStar family. Then last week we updated the game with some new PvP quests, additional lighting improvements, and some brand-spankin’ new shinies at Madame Fay’s Fortunes. Throw in there ten super-fun days of Space Chase, the continuing Starfall anniversary festivities, a new DevConnect, and you’ve got a full slate of delicious WildStar goodness.

But guess what? We ain’t done. Our next content update—Heroes Evolved—has just been released on the PTR, and it’s jam packed with exciting new systems and features that give you more choices on what you play, how you play, and who you play with! With Redmoon Terror and other new content set to release over the next few months, many of these features are focused on getting you prepared for more epic adventures on Nexus (and making sure that you look good doing it). Here are some of the highlights:

  • Creating Level 50s: Players can purchase and create level-50 characters, allowing them to jump directly into max-level content. These characters will provide you with all of the necessary gear and system upgrades, along with some additional goodies to make sure you’re prepped for your big adventure on Nexus.
  • Multi-Queuing: This long-awaited feature will allow you to queue up for multiple instances, either solo or as a group. We’re excited to get this feature out there, but we’re going to need your help testing it and getting it ready to go. More info on that (and a special reward if you do) below.
  • Cross-Faction Instances: With the multi-queue feature we’re also removing faction restrictions for Dungeons, Expeditions, Practice Arenas, and Battlegrounds. While the Exiles and Dominion are mortal enemies, everyone shares the desire to have shorter wait times for instanced content.
  • New Race/Class Combinations: We’re adding two new race/class combinations to WildStar—Chua Warrior and Aurin Engineer. Sword-wielding space hamsters and gun-toting tree huggers are finally here!
  • Race and Gender Changes: You’ll be able to change your race and gender inside the Chop Shop in this update. Been wanting to change that battle-scarred Draken Male into a highborn Cassian female? Don’t let your dreams be dreams.
  • Path Master: You’ll also be able to learn and level up additional Paths, and switch between them any time you want. Become a super-smart explorer who likes to build stuff and blow it up at the same time!
  • More Account-Wide Offerings: We’re making Protostar Promissory Notes (reputation turn-in items) into an account-wide currency that can be used by all of your characters, along with making a number of AMP and Ability Tier Points account tradeable. Altaholics assemble!
  • Enhanced Arcterra Rewards: We are releasing some enhanced gear and other rewards to the Arcterra Soulfrost vendors, allowing players to get better prepared for veteran expeditions, dungeons and raids.

As I said above, the Heroes Evolved update is now live on the PTR (download the PTR client here), and ready for you to help us test it. And if you do, you could get a Battlesworn costume back in the live game. We need to put the new multi-queuing feature through its paces, and we’re going to need your help. We’ll be organizing community playtests of the multi-queuing feature on the PTR, and those who participate during the specified times will be rewarded (along with the personal satisfaction that you have contributed to the success of one of WildStar’s coolest new features). Head over here for the details.

Last but not least, don’t forget that the Redmoon Terror—WildStar’s next raid—is also coming in August, along with some other new and exciting content that we’ll be announcing in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

I want to end this update by giving a special shout out to the WildStar community for your passion and continued support. You have all really stepped up to help all of our new players, and have created a fun and welcoming environment where everyone can enjoy all the great things that the game has to offer. Team WildStar sends out a heartfelt “Thank You!” for your efforts.

See you all on Nexus!

Pappy

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