As reported by MMORPG.com, a Redditor claiming to be a Carbine employee — a claim apparently backed up by the mods of the WildStar subreddit — has posted several details about WildStar’s future and the generally grim atmosphere around the office.
According to “God_of_EDM,” WildStar will be going to a “Hybrid Free to Play model in August,” or somewhere thereabouts. Of course, it won’t be pay to win, though there will be microtransactions for things like buffs and XP gain bonuses. The game will also apparently be coming to Steam, as the Steam database has been updated with a WildStar entry and God_of_EDM confirms that Valve visited the Carbine offices in January.
As for the attitude around the Carbine offices themselves… according to God_of_EDM, “It’s not great.” Employees are leaving left and right, there’s been no studio head since Jeremy Gaffney left, and
“There is no transparency and everyone is always fearful of what will even be here 2 months from now. The place is ran very poorly by people who have the biggest egos that fight over everything.”
Here’s an odd thing, though… while we’re all jumping on the “OMG shadow leak!” bandwagon, the fact that God_of_EDM concludes his reveal with a friendly
“What are your thoughts on the model? I personally like it and am excited as I can’t see how this wouldn’t bring players back and new players in.”
makes him sound less like a rogue agent and more like a community-focused employee of Carbine asking for honest feedback. In other words, I’m not sure this isn’t a planned action by someone at Carbine, especially knowing as they do the current public perception of the game and the realization that sticking their heads in the sand and denying everything won’t get them far.
And, as short as any employee’s tenure might be at Carbine, why risk it — not to mention future employment with another gaming company — by posting this information? The discussion about the management at Carbine might fly in the face of that theory, but if this is a Carbine-approved action, it’s a whole new sneaky level of community involvement.