The ball is officially rolling! Carbine Studios has announced that the free to play version of their MMORPG, WildStar, went live for closed beta testing today. Current subscribers of the game can access the closed beta right away and anyone that’s received a key can also access the closed beta.

If you want to sign up for beta, head on over to the free to play site here.

“We can’t wait to have players get into beta and check out all the new content,” said Mike Donatelli, product director, Carbine Studios. “Inviting players to test all these systems is key to our success. We’re looking to them to provide critical feedback that will enable us to launch free-to-play this fall.”

The free to play version of WildStar will also contain a number of other additional items including:

  • The Alpha Sanctum – A new instance that brings players into WildStar’s world storyline much earlier in the game than ever before. Featuring creative gameplay, a unique environment, and a compelling narrative, the Alpha Sanctum introduces players to the mysteries of Nexus in an unforgettable way.
  • Madame Fay’s Fortunes – Discover all-new treasures with Madame Fay’s Fortunes, an exciting, randomized reward system that can turn a tiny investment into big, big shinies with the help of everyone’s favorite Lopp fortune-teller, Madame Fay.
  • New Player Experience – A revamped Arkship and arrival sequence welcomes newcomers to WildStar and offers everyone the option of choosing where to start their Nexus adventure based on their level of MMO experience. Character creation has also been overhauled, giving players a better understanding of the choices they’re making and the customization options available.
  • Loyalty Program – Any player who has ever invested money in WildStar by subscribing to the game, redeeming C.R.E.D.D., or purchasing MTX items will now earn points in the game’s Loyalty Program. These reward points, which are also earned retroactively, give players access to additional gear, items, pets, mounts and more.
  • Quality-of-Life – A multitude of quality-of-life improvements have been added, including a revamped sprint function, navpoints to help players keep track of their next objective, daily player login rewards, and much more.
  • Now we just need a release date for free to play!

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    Mike "Magicman" Byrne has been a part of the MMOBomb family for years and serves as the site's current Editor-in-Chief. His love for MMOs and gaming in general has led him to covering games for numerous websites including Gamebreaker TV and XIV Nation where he proudly displays his fanboy flag for FFXIV:ARR.

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    1. Guest on August 12, 2015

      MMO games are corrupted to the ground by the player with hacker and other thing behind the dark cold wall even the developer too. it just dead in the water mostly.

    2. Blackaria on August 11, 2015

      I just picked up a disk copy from the wal mart and best buy by me. They were 10 each and you get stuff also , I picked up a few so not I have like 6 months or more now of game time. Got the idea from Magicman when he said that on the show.

      • Blackaria on August 11, 2015

        I also seen one copy for 5 but it was at some random store.

    3. Mazaki on August 11, 2015

      Good they don’t start with ” Fouders Packs” like other games 🙂

    4. Rufinus on August 11, 2015

      are you guys gonna give away keys? i need one

    5. Rufinus on August 11, 2015

      are you guys going to give away keys, i need one

    6. SlightlyMad on August 11, 2015

      another big fail from another big company. burn them all! another scheme to try to make free to play players (the ones without money) to spend money in the game. this strategies are getting old and ridiculous. they now announce free to play like they were mother teresa. from now on real cash economy or nothing! if they want players, buy them!

      • TruthIs on August 11, 2015

        Hosting an MMO costs a lot of money, so where exactly is that money supposed to come from if not from Micro-transactions?

        Would you prefer they made 99% of all MMO’s P2P instead?

        Yes I agree that very often the Micro_Transaction system leads to a pay to win situation within the game it is in, but in this time of nothing is TRULY FREE it is to be expected that a F2P MMO must get income from some place to keep it’s self alive & hosted.

        Would you prefer the game was full of advertising?

        People need to remember that HOSTING an MMO comes with plenty of money sinks & those sinks ALWAYS need feeding.
        If you don’t like the Micro-Transaction/Cash Shop system then don’t use it or play something else.

        • OMGreally? on August 13, 2015

          there is a fine line between needing money for a game and being a crooked company that knows their game sucks, but just don’t care.

    7. lilfighter on August 11, 2015

      I would like to be apart of beta but why are they doing this again? The game had another beta why does it need to go through it again?

      Anyone has a spare code for me?

      • Player1 on August 11, 2015

        I dunno what Carbine is talking about, it says that Existing players that already have been purchased the game will be able to play the beta for free WTF, but they didn’t say anything about new players other than to sign in and wait, wait for what!, i’ve already made my acc and played the 10 days trial, so i think i just should be able to enter the game by now, but my account still “lapsed” so yeah. Gonna have to wait a lot more

        • Todoran on August 11, 2015

          reply if u can im in the same sitiuation

          • Player1 on August 15, 2015

            I just received my beta key today!, If you dont have yours i still have the european key if you want it, jus tell me how can i find you in youtube and ill send you a pm

            • marius on August 16, 2015

              hi player 1 i would love an european beta key, are you still having it>?

        • SqueezyTime on August 12, 2015

          The wait is for a closed beta key. Only if/when they send you a key for closed beta will you be able to play during the closed beta.

      • SqueezyTime on August 12, 2015

        They are testing all of the new f2p features and content.

    8. TORK on August 11, 2015