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Servers empty - Should Wildstar had launched as F2P?

bcbullybcbully Member EpicPosts: 10,217

People are saying the servers are empty, and that all of them except for a couple are low pop all day, even during primetime. It's just been 1 month. Should Wildstar had launched as free to play? Would it have been better received? 

https://forums.wildstar-online.com/forums/index.php?/topic/98600-game-is-empty-or-only-my-realm/

http://www.mmorpg.com/discussion2.cfm/thread/417538/Wildstar-i-like-it-but.html

 

 

 

 

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  • Azaron_NightbladeAzaron_Nightblade Member EpicPosts: 4,825

    Nah, I'm pretty sure they've already got their conversion to a F2P model all planned out.

    Grab money from box sales for as long as they can, and then convert to a F2P game with a premium membership option seems to be the way to go these days. If things are as bad as it sounds they might have to launch their conversion even before ESO does though.

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  • borghive49borghive49 Member RarePosts: 420

    This game's starting experience is one of the worst that I have ever encountered in a MMO again my opinion.  For me it took almost 20 levels for me to start to enjoy the story and my characters and yes I made it to level 50.  I really think that this has contributed to the lack of fresh players or that steady influx of players that new MMOs have in their first 6 months. 

     

    This game got way too much praise from the media and the small  vocal minority of fans that has promoted the game. It really doesn't offer anything different from other theme park mmos and I think a lot of players are just bored with gear treadmills and quest hubs. The story while being interesting some ways is very generic and very very cliche. The questing in the game doesn't really give you much back story either you gotta dig or spend time to discover the lore of the game. Everything is so streamlined propelling you to the end game quickly that it gets boring fast. Carbine removed a big chunk of what makes RPGs fun the lore and the journey by making you level so quickly.  

     

    There are other issues for sure but they have been discussed to death in other posts. I don't think this game will die though it will be more niche having a smaller sub base for sure due to its hardcore end game.

    I really wish these companies would quit chasing WoW and actually innovate this has really stagnated the MMO market.

     

  • CaldrinCaldrin Member UncommonPosts: 4,505
    f2p is just a way for bad games or very old games to carry on existing..
  • IncomparableIncomparable Member UncommonPosts: 1,117

    I think Ws was over hyped in certain regards.

    1. For example being a funny game. I maybe laughed once... and there were other interesting moments. So dont focus on this aspect, and i was not hung up on this either but it was the beginning of their marketing scheme seen here. Anyone that says this is a funny game that makes them laugh takes drugs, or laughs at anything... then you can or can not relate to that and use them as some kind of reference (or not). Maybe its me that I dont laugh at everything just like everyone/most that i notice in regular conversations.

    2. The first problem was that the text was too small and for it being too small was either in chat bubbles disspearing quickly for its small size or in the chat box again to small and invconient to normal quest chats in WoW for example.

    The did it differently with text and it was worse.

    3. Pvp combat with their action combat and no tab targeting makes for an imbalance between ranged classes and melee.

    4. Trinity - the soloists arch nemisis to content for pve and pvp. In Pve since balance is an issue to require players to gear/spec to the epicness of tanks or healers. Pvp it requires more organization and rewards it too much that an organized team will wipe a group of randoms, easy. While this may not seem to be a big problem or a problem at all, its an imbalance that exists due to a trinity rewarding grouping more due to imbalances (in an FPS a good player will still do well on a losing team but not so much in an mmo and more so with a trinity). Then arenas would be some kind of salvation except that for example even in 1vs 1 situations in pvp a certain class might not do well since they are not pigeon holed in the right way with tank/heal abilities in WS in stalker build which is OP in that regard rather than assualt, and will lose.

    6. Hype over certain content being dynamic and there being environmental effects. The world feels more dynamic than swtor but not by much more.

    7. Content being unimportant instead of main story which becomes important and interesting towards the end at around lvl 40, and also not being Voiced over. It would not be a problem if there was no voice over, but they had voice over, but they scattered it all over the place instead of adding it where it counts.

    8. Crafting being simple enough and potentially fun, but requiring catalysts which are rare drops to complete crafting tree. So crafting is tied in with drops and rare drops which are random rather than something specific in the open world. For example if it was in a certain region I would get all the mats for crafting in a region that was also a daily zone then it would encourge players to play in that area and pvp while collecting mats.

    9. Gear grind to access content. Not so much a problem but a game has to be done well enough for a player to commit to a gear grind and pay 15$ while they are doing that to then begin raiding or to begin pvping competitively. I beleive they did not do enough for me personally to draw me on a gear grind to get through their content such as the attunement for raiding or pvp gear to melt peoples faces with.

    I think those were the major reasons.

    However, raiding was fun with their combat system. So if a person likes to raid only, try doing dungeons as soon possible and decide if thats the kind of content you enjoy since I beleive thats their best aspect in WS. A person might also enjoy pvp as a melee class (dps stalker) in WS and they are entitled to that... but I have my reasons for posting the above reasons.

     

     

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  • LudwikLudwik Member UncommonPosts: 407
    Different payment model would have made no difference.

    The game was outdated the day it launched. I made it to lvl 23 and realized there was nothing there that I wanted to do or hadn't done before.

    If anything they were smart to get box price while they could.
  • NERVergoproxyNERVergoproxy Member UncommonPosts: 1,500
    I dont like WS that much. Probably going back to FFXIVARR. But servers are nowhere near dead or empty. And theres only like a handful or 2 saying its empty. They really shouldnt had open up more and more servers at launch but figure out how to increase server capacity. Its probably too hardcore for many and peopel taking break already from their 1st month rush to 50 and such. Too many MMO choices these days, and many play more than 1, 2 even 3. So with days weeks sometimes it can get quiet on certain servers maybe for WS.
  • Azaron_NightbladeAzaron_Nightblade Member EpicPosts: 4,825
    Originally posted by Br3akingDawn
    I dont like WS that much. Probably going back to FFXIVARR. But servers are nowhere near dead or empty. And theres only like a handful or 2 saying its empty. They really shouldnt had open up more and more servers at launch but figure out how to increase server capacity. Its probably too hardcore for many and peopel taking break already from their 1st month rush to 50 and such. Too many MMO choices these days, and many play more than 1, 2 even 3. So with days weeks sometimes it can get quiet on certain servers maybe for WS.

    Hah, sounds like they made the same mistake as SWTOR back at launch.

    Servers filled to capacity? Let's add a ton of extra servers! And a few months down the line the complaints started coming about all the ghost servers.

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  • simmihisimmihi Member UncommonPosts: 706
    With the options we have now, dashing out 50-60 bucks for the box and then pay a sub to do the same stuff you can do in other free (and quality) games kinda makes no sense. Especially when you Know it'll go free to play (as everything except WoW does) in less than a year.
  • ThumbtackJThumbtackJ Member UncommonPosts: 669
    Originally posted by Caldrin
    f2p is just a way for bad games or very old games to carry on existing..

    Not true. I mean, I'm sure it IS true in some cases, but not all.

     

    F2P can also be a way for a game that had a bad launch and/or used to be bad in general to try and recover. It's not as simple as, "Oh! Our game sucks! Let us make it free to play and we can keep on keepin' on!" The game has to get good (or better), or else it won't survive, even as F2P. Nobody (or at least, not enough to sustain it) would bother spending money on cash shop items for a terrible game. 

  • BailoPan15BailoPan15 Member Posts: 410
    Originally posted by bcbully

    People are saying the servers are empty, and that all of them except for a couple are low pop all day, even during primetime. It's just been 1 month. Should Wildstar had launched as free to play? Would it have been better received? 

    https://forums.wildstar-online.com/forums/index.php?/topic/98600-game-is-empty-or-only-my-realm/

    http://www.mmorpg.com/discussion2.cfm/thread/417538/Wildstar-i-like-it-but.html

     

     

     

     

    Nop, but TESO should've with the level of "quality" they brought to the table. At least WildStar has its inner systems working xD

    All in all IMO both games should've gone B2P but that's just me. 

  • observerobserver Member RarePosts: 3,685
    Originally posted by Caldrin
    f2p is just a way for bad games or very old games to carry on existing..

    Not necessarily.  There are lot of factors as to why MMOs can't sustain a playerbase.  It doesn't mean it's because they are bad.  It's the genre as a whole, that has a hard time retaining players.  A lot of MMOs have made clones, and lot have tried something new, and the results are still the same.  Players are hard to satisfy, and it would be impossible to know what will keep them playing.

  • velexievelexie Member Posts: 28
    Originally posted by BailoPan15

    Originally posted by bcbully
    People are saying the servers are empty, and that all of them except for a couple are low pop all day, even during primetime. It's just been 1 month. Should Wildstar had launched as free to play? Would it have been better received?  https://forums.wildstar-online.com/forums/index.php?/topic/98600-game-is-empty-or-only-my-realm/ http://www.mmorpg.com/discussion2.cfm/thread/417538/Wildstar-i-like-it-but.html        

    Nop, but TESO should've with the level of "quality" they brought to the table. At least WildStar has its inner systems working xD

    All in all IMO both games should've gone B2P but that's just me. 

     

    Aye, defeinitely B2P for TESO (or Zenimax pays you money to play, gain to play? G2P, gain to play?).. though WS has a built in mechanic to earn more time (ala EVE).. while in-game.

    It's a pseudo-F2P feature ... although you need to subscribe to take apart of it, which is absolutely not F2P. Pseudo comes in, which it what WS is, payment wise.

    It's refreshing, none-the-less. It could have gone worse if they went EA style, and made every feature as unlockable "content".
  • Dreamo84Dreamo84 Member UncommonPosts: 3,713
    Megaserver is the way to go now! It is sad seeing it empty when I play :-(

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  • HerzyHerzy Member UncommonPosts: 184

    "I'm going to report you BC!"

    LOL. Covering your bases :p

  • funconfuncon Member UncommonPosts: 279
    I'm glad I didn't fall for this one like I did with eso. Taking long break from mmos and jumping back in when WoW:WoD comes out.
  • SuperNickSuperNick Member UncommonPosts: 460

    F2P isn't a saving grace for any game; it's just a band-aid to attract more users.

    Honestly I can't fault the game, it delivers everything you want for the most part. The story is sorta lacking and casual content isn't there yet but it's a solid engine and a well made game.

    The sad part? I feel absolutely no incentive to log in after a month of playing.

    I dunno if it's because I'm so burned out on the genre or it's just the style of game doesn't appeal to me.. Frankly I can't get on board with FFXIV, ESO or WS.. which are basically the big three right now.

    I've tried ArcheAge too and it's also very meh..  Feels very arcade grind with a lot of toys thrown in.

    Currently enjoying Landmark but there's not a lot going on but building - here's to hoping EQN returns us back to the "RPG" element of MMORPG.

  • GdemamiGdemami Member EpicPosts: 12,193


    Wildstar seem to have all what a blackbuster MMO needs, yet the sales are low?

    If it's true, that's most interesting and suprising...

  • danwest58danwest58 Member RarePosts: 2,012

    I had 2 dozen friends go to Wildstar saying how great it was and it will be the next WOW.  All of them quit within 3 weeks and after talking with them here are the pros and cons I got from them.

    Cons

    Leveling takes so long.  Yes a long time ago this was a good thing.  However today when just about all of my friends have kids, full time jobs and what not taking 2 to 3 weeks just to reach levels 15 to 25 was not fun for them.

    Combat.  As much as they liked Action Combat at first they found it very hard to play when it came to group content, and PVP.  

    The game was meant for little kids.  Yep thats right they could not stand the Bunny crowd and the way it looked like it was meant for little kids.  All of them played D&D type games, so playing a a Halfling would be more appropriate than playing a Bunny.  

    Raid Grind.  One of my friends said that the core group of his guild all ex EQ1 players made it to end game and learned that to do 40 man raiding you have to have 20 man raids to get into 40 man raids.  So you have to clear the content on 20 man then move to 40.  I been saying this since WildStar came out.  40 man raiding organized will never work again.  It would work for an LFR setup but not Classic WoW raiding.  I been a raid leader in 2 40 man raiding guilds and I can tell you the effort it required I will NEVER do again.  Its more of  a headache than it is ever worth.

     

    Pros

    Everyone liked how tough the content was in 5 mans.  They were tired of 20 minute faceroll gear runs in WOW.  This is the one thing they would love to see in WoW again even if they remove the challenge modes from being Timed runs to being BC like heroics.  

    No LFR.  Yep thats right they all love that there was no LFR because how WOW is designed right now where you are forced to gear up via LFR no one likes.  LFR is a Drama feast.

     

    I personally did not try Wildstar because like I said to all my friends I knew what was coming.  I would love the hard instances again however after Tera and Neverwinter I cannot stand Action combat and never will.  Its not meant for an MMO period and I played a lot of MMOs.  UO, SWG, FFXI, FFXIV, WOW, RIFT, ArcheAge, AION, EQ2, Vangraud, SWTOR and so on.  But I never really got into the Action combat games and I dont think I ever will.

    Also like I said 40 man raids will NEVER be doable again.  You can think well hey I can get a 40 member group to go Raid IronForge in WOW.  Well Guess what people will randomly group of for something minor like that.  They will never do a MC, BWL again.  It just does not work.  And BTW I love raiding.  I am doing Flex right now in WOW because I like the freedom of the number of people vs having a set group and a bench.  

     

  • tordurbartordurbar Member UncommonPosts: 421

    I personally like Wildstar but cannot play it any more. Litterally cannot. After playing for more than an hour my hands hurt so much that I cannot continue. Action combat is not for me. However, I do not castigate Carbine for using action combat. It can be fun and is certainly exciting. The issue is with me - not Carbine.

    From what I read on other sites I gather that my reaction is not as unusual as I suspected. It is a shame as there are a lot of thing that I like about Wildstar - the graphics, the humor, the complexity and the settler path. To show my support for Carbine I purchased a 3 month sub but after that it is over.

     

    Should WS have been released as F2P - no. Any AAA MMO title that starts out F2P would be trashed from the get go. It seems that the normal procedure now is to release as a sub and then switch to f2p. The developers/investors need that initial payoff.

     

    Would F2P make a difference? Not for people like me. However, moving to free to play would bring in a lot of younger players that enjoy action combat so the net effect would be positive.

     

  • pantaropantaro Member RarePosts: 514
    Originally posted by Caldrin
    f2p is just a way for bad games or very old games to carry on existing..

    TESTIFY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • VolenibbletsVolenibblets Member UncommonPosts: 246
    If a game is worth a sub then people will resub after the first free month. If not they won't. Simple as that. No one I know resubbed and despite enjoying it somewhat at the start, I didn't feel remotely inclined to myself. Not that it's a bad game by any means, it just brings practically nothing new to the table despite the lovely synthesis of the few recent developments (like active dodging and highly tailor-able housing) and some nice extra touches. Same as Elder Scrolls Online. There is an obvious growing thirst for something new, not just a tweaked version of the same old format, something completely new. No idea what that will be mind you but I can't wait to find out. 
  • CrusadesCrusades Member Posts: 480
    Originally posted by funcon

    I'm glad I didn't fall for this one like I did with eso. Taking long break from mmos and jumping back in when WoW:WoD comes out.

     

    I'm just going to keep playing WoW. I did buy Wildstar, was thinking about resubbing, but I have been on vacation for 2 weeks and it's summer. I don't play games in the summer.
  • SuperNickSuperNick Member UncommonPosts: 460
    Originally posted by Volenibblets
    If a game is worth a sub then people will resub after the first free month. If not they won't. Simple as that. No one I know resubbed and despite enjoying it somewhat at the start, I didn't feel remotely inclined to myself. Not that it's a bad game by any means, it just brings practically nothing new to the table despite the lovely synthesis of the few recent developments (like active dodging and highly tailor-able housing) and some nice extra touches. Same as Elder Scrolls Online. There is an obvious growing thirst for something new, not just a tweaked version of the same old format, something completely new. No idea what that will be mind you but I can't wait to find out. 

    I don't think being a good game is enough anymore.. In theory WS should be a massively successful game.

    As you said, it just doesn't deliver anything new. I think the industry will learn some lessons from ESO and WS that bringing out a triple-A game which just re-uses all the old methods is not even close to enough now.

    MMOs are on the decline big time and have been since SWTOR. ESO and WS was kinda the last stop for most people and they're already fading away into mediocrity and repetitiveness.

    I realize this is a bit melodramatic - the point I'm making is that the majority of ideas have been thought of and/or tried when it comes to MMOs. It's unlikely you're going to see any kind of radical shift which delivers something groundbreaking and new.. almost the same ways the FPS market has stagnated to where it is. There simply isn't revolutionary concepts out there anymore when it comes to MMOs; just the tweaks and minor additions we see evolve.

    It's a bit of a sad time really for me as I've been playing MMOs for almost 20 years. I suppose it's not bad going if it took that long to burnout but frankly I don't see this burnout disappearing for me now. It's more a burnout due to the staleness of the games rather than a disinterest in the games and I just don't see where the market will go from here honestly.

  • CrusadesCrusades Member Posts: 480
    Originally posted by SuperNick

    Originally posted by Volenibblets
    If a game is worth a sub then people will resub after the first free month. If not they won't. Simple as that. No one I know resubbed and despite enjoying it somewhat at the start, I didn't feel remotely inclined to myself. Not that it's a bad game by any means, it just brings practically nothing new to the table despite the lovely synthesis of the few recent developments (like active dodging and highly tailor-able housing) and some nice extra touches. Same as Elder Scrolls Online. There is an obvious growing thirst for something new, not just a tweaked version of the same old format, something completely new. No idea what that will be mind you but I can't wait to find out. 

    I don't think being a good game is enough anymore.. In theory WS should be a massively successful game.

    As you said, it just doesn't deliver anything new. I think the industry will learn some lessons from ESO and WS that bringing out a triple-A game which just re-uses all the old methods is not even close to enough now.

    MMOs are on the decline big time and have been since SWTOR. ESO and WS was kinda the last stop for most people and they're already fading away into mediocrity and repetitiveness.

    I realize this is a bit melodramatic - the point I'm making is that the majority of ideas have been thought of and/or tried when it comes to MMOs. It's unlikely you're going to see any kind of radical shift which delivers something groundbreaking and new.. almost the same ways the FPS market has stagnated to where it is. There simply isn't revolutionary concepts out there anymore when it comes to MMOs; just the tweaks and minor additions we see evolve.

    It's a bit of a sad time really for me as I've been playing MMOs for almost 20 years. I suppose it's not bad going if it took that long to burnout but frankly I don't see this burnout disappearing for me now. It's more a burnout due to the staleness of the games rather than a disinterest in the games and I just don't see where the market will go from here honestly.

     

    Watch the Camelot Unchained bat shit crazy videos, read up on The Repopulation. MMO developers don't have to do that much really, they just need to empower us who play them to make it interesting. It's up to the players to make it interesting then, I have met some interesting people who can turn any game into fun.
  • TankYou88TankYou88 Member Posts: 310
    Even in the thread you posted they said the servers were still heavily populated with pictures...Troll thread? I wonder if BCbully keeps making threads on the Wildstar forums so he can complain about them here.
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