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WildStar: Latest WS Wednesday Reveals New UI

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 18,413MMORPG.COM Staff Rare

Responding to player feedback from the current closed beta for WildStar, developers have revealed a brand new user interface for the game via the WildStar Wednesday series. The post details the reasons behind the change including the improved display and an improved combat experience. Lastly, the UI will be customizable, allowing players to turn components on and off according to their specific aesthetic tastes.

  I know some of you are pretty observant and probably noticed some new things were also added! When this visual style became something we knew we liked, we took a look at the thin bar in the XP area, and realized there were other pieces of information that weren’t super important, but could elegantly improve the experience without occupying more space. A few quick examples:

  • A clock is a suggestion we’ve seen tons of times on the forums (it's been in such high demand, at one point a tester built a simple addon whose sole purpose was to tell you the time!).

  • Path progression is something we felt needed to be emphasized little better than burying it in a menu. We plan to eventually allow you to change the path XP bar into a reputation or tradeskill progression bar so players have more power over what they'd like to track.

Read more on the WildStar site.


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  • pl3dgepl3dge TruroPosts: 182Member Uncommon
    Great News. Love the game, hated the UI.


  • HellCasterHellCaster Kansas City, KSPosts: 205Member Uncommon
    It's good to see that they are listening to feedback on the game and making changes.

    Playing: varies every day it seems.

  • MikeBMikeB Community Manager Queens, NYPosts: 5,878Administrator Uncommon
    The new UI looks MUCH better!

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  • MamasGunMamasGun SomewhereIn, FLPosts: 152Member
    The UI was the only complaint I had about Wildstar.  Glad to see them tinkering with it! Great game- got my key from the contest!  Thank you guys!

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  • evilastroevilastro EdinburghPosts: 4,270Member

    A bit less cluttered, hope they provide options for both though, no point just throwing out the old one.

    With addons and the already customisable layout you'll be able to customise it however you want anyway.

  • achesomaachesoma Portland, ORPosts: 1,014Member Uncommon
    Must be getting desperate for WS Wednesday subject matter.  It does look much better though. 


  • MidBossMidBoss Blank, WIPosts: 93Member
    Originally posted by achesoma
    Must be getting desperate for WS Wednesday subject matter.  It does look much better though. 

    Sounds like it was a pretty big complaint, makes sense they'd dedicate a full on news post to it.

  • Thomas2006Thomas2006 Millersburg, INPosts: 857Member Uncommon
    The new UI is worlds better then the old UI. No more 25% of your viewing area wasted because everything was centered and layed on top of each other.
  • LisaFlexy22LisaFlexy22 mesa, AZPosts: 434Member Uncommon
    I didn't enjoy the game in beta but this is definitely a HUGE improvement over the other UI which was atrocious. 
  • AzureProwerAzurePrower AustraliaPosts: 1,525Member Uncommon

    The Devs are indeed listening.

    Liking the new UI!

    Are the quest log boxes the same or changed now I wonder?

  • GrakulenGrakulen Staff Writer St. Charles, MOPosts: 545MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

    That last UI was an abomination. Just about anything would have been better.


    This is MUCH nicer.

  • RedCurryRedCurry Frisco, TXPosts: 70Member Uncommon
    new UI looks really good
  • ReignsonReignson Shelby, INPosts: 21Member

    The layout looks greatly improved, but I prefer the old art style over this new boring teal-green, sold colored thing.    90% of all sci-fi game GUI's ever made have used a blue-green colored scheme.  Please add more color or something to the art, because this ruins the unique aesthetic that wildstar has going for it.   

  • JinxysJinxys TinkerTownPosts: 436Member Uncommon
    Mhm I would have to agree that this is MUCH better. More sleak and cleaner by the looks of it!
  • Kalza_BaneKalza_Bane Loganville, GAPosts: 26Member
    This is a joke right?  It's almost identical to WoW's UI now.  Thank goodness for addons, I guess.
  • LongLivePvPLongLivePvP LA, CAPosts: 102Member
    Cool, now take away the red/green telegraphs on the ground and maybe just maybe I'd be a day1 purchaser.

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  • joeballinjoeballin Perryman, MDPosts: 3Member
    Originally posted by LongLivePvP
    Cool, now take away the red/green telegraphs on the ground and maybe just maybe I'd be a day1 purchaser.

    You can turn them off yourself in the settings.  The new UI looks like a huge improvement.

  • hallucigenocidehallucigenocide GislavedPosts: 621Member Uncommon
    games looking better in my eyes again hope it's there this weekend :P


  • SwampDragonsSwampDragons KavlingePosts: 327Member Uncommon
    The layout of the new UI is a much improvement, but I do agree that they should have kept the old color to stick with there art style.
  • DalmarDalmar St Louis, MOPosts: 50Member Uncommon
    Ok, this just sold me.  Where can I pre-order?
  • GazimoffGazimoff Staff Writer LondonPosts: 119Member Uncommon
    It's just so beautiful.
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  • KavaedKavaed NewburyPosts: 8Member

    Thank god, the old UI felt claustrophobic (silly, i know) along with the watermark it just felt very uncomfortable to play. Though I hope they do somthing about the size of the text aswell.


  • evilastroevilastro EdinburghPosts: 4,270Member
    Originally posted by Kalza_Bane
    This is a joke right?  It's almost identical to WoW's UI now.  Thank goodness for addons, I guess.


    [mod edit] it looks nothing like the default WoW UI.  WoW puts the character health bar and picture in the top left hand corner, along with the target.  In fact the only thing the same is that you have skills flush against the bottom of the screen now clearing up the HUD for other info.  If anything its closer to SWTOR.

    Mods for WoW, Vanguard and EQ2 (and probably many more) have had this HUD design for a while now but you certainly cannot credit the developers for it as they are not the default design.


  • evilastroevilastro EdinburghPosts: 4,270Member
    Originally posted by LongLivePvP
    Cool, now take away the red/green telegraphs on the ground and maybe just maybe I'd be a day1 purchaser.


    Turn off the friendly fire telegraphs and it looks like any other game, including ESO.  I don't even know why anyone bothers playing with them on since once you have used a skill once or twice it is super easy to aim and judge distance.  Ruins the amazing combat animations IMO.

  • rojoArcueidrojoArcueid hell, NJPosts: 7,230Member Uncommon

    this new UI is way better than the previous one.


    WIth that said, It is not about them changing the UI, It is about them allowing us to change the UI and move it around.

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