Here’s my preview of the new Hoverboard racing event WildStar is adding (October 21st on the Live servers!).
First, the inspiration for this event, is clearly the Back to the Future movies. This is not a bad thing.. we get our quests from “Doc” Zemmett, various boosts last for 8.8 seconds, the new hoverboard being introduced for this event is the Z-88…..and the costume pieces we get make us look like a certain time traveling teenager! 😛
The event consists of 3 daily races, and is open to everyone level 10 and up. Collect the Daily Quests from Doc, in the contract area of your Capital City.. if you haven’t made it to your Capital yet, you can get them from Doc himself at the start (or finish) of the racetracks. As part of each quest, you get a teleporter to take you to the start of the race track. If you don’t see it on your quest tracker, right click there, and turn off the filter distance option.
Remember – if you get a time you don’t like.. abandon the quest before you turn it in, and then pick it back up and start over.
Let’s talk about the individual racetracks now:
Celestion – Celestial River Rush
This is the “simplest” of the tracks I think, it follows the river primarily. The rings are spaced out enough that you can skip a few by cutting over river banks, without seriously hurting your time (just…don’t get stuck on logs, or bridges..or the rest of the terrain that I always do). This track is right outside WoodHaven, so Dominion characters will need to watch out for guards/Exile NPCs if they stray too far from the course.
Whitevale – Whitevale Wipeout
This is my favorite of the 3 tracks. Tornados, Precarious leaps between mountains, dropping down into rings, enemy mobs in the path!
This one starts on Thermock Lake, runs over the lake for a bit, and then goes through Silverscale Station, you then dodge Tornados (and Yeti!), goes back over Rimewater River… till it hits my nemesis.. a bridge, and ends at Wigwalli Village. The lower thread radius buff received while being on the race…comes in handy here.
Get your pants here… they aren’t quest rewards for the other two tracks! At least..not that I’ve seen!
Deradune – Savannah Speedway
This one starts in the Ungala River… check point two is UP..so be sure you look for the jump boosts, so you don’t miss it. After racing up the river, you’ll jump boost into Bloodtalon Perch, so that reduced threat buff will come in handy again. You’ll zip through Bloodtalon Perch, and drop back down into the Ungala river..this race’s finish line… is on top of Metal Maw’s cage! (so watch your step!).
Turning in each quest, lets you pick between a housing decor item, consumables with fun side effects, titles, and costume pieces! The Z-88 Hoverboard will also be obtainable during the event…somehow!
After each turn in, you’ll also be prompted to teleport back to your Capital City.. useful if you’re an Exile and you just finished the track in Deradune..
This looks like it will be a ‘fun for everyone’ event..and I can’t wait to race my kids, and see who can get the better times on these tracks!
Video review of the event, includes a look at the costume pieces I was able to obtain is here:
The Hoverboard zPrix Invitational will go Live on October 21st… and don’t forget, WildStar goes Free to Play on the 29th of September!