Carbine continues to prep for the Steam release… this week, we found out that as part of that preparation, NCoin are going bye-bye (for WildStar only, other NCSoft titles will continue to use them). We now get Protobucks!
In addition to now getting to have a little Phineas in our pockets.. we can also now get bonus Protobucks by buying larger quantities at once (you know, that thing all the other F2P games do with their real money currency)!
Starting on the 18th (after maintenance), Protobucks go into effect. You’ll need to convert your NCoin over to PB… but, if you play other NCSoft games.. be aware.. it’s a one way conversion.. there is no ability to go from PB to NCoin if you convert more than intended.
Conversion will be a 1:1 value.. but, don’t fret! if You’re sitting on a lot of NCoin, and you convert it one to one… Carbine is going to go through at the end of the June, and apply the bonus math for every thing converted between May 18th and June 15th.
I’m not sitting on a big NCoin stash.. I spend it pretty much as fast as I buy it… but, if you’ve stockpiled some, make sure you convert it doing the bonus window, otherwise you’ll only get the one to one conversion.
If you’ve been logging in every day since F2P launch, you should have receive your day 230 login reward… the laser scanner from the Dominion Arkship!
Speaking of login rewards… quick PSA regarding the lockbox key weekly reward for Signature status. The keys are unique. You have to have claimed it from your account inventory, before you can claim your next key reward.. and the countdown timer doesn’t start (for the next one) till the key hits your account inventory. So, if you’re like me and had been planning on stockpiling keys for a chase event, or a weekend full of Adventures/Dungeons/Expeditions… you can’t. So be sure to claim the keys from account inventory ASAP after your weekly cooldown resets!
Signature packs bought through the NStore (which, I guess I’ll need to start calling something else now that NCoin are going away).. now also provide Cosmic Points on a level closer to what you get if you bought the Signature status via a recurring subscription through the website (if you buy the Signature packs that provide extra goodies, you can actually get more Cosmic Points than a regular subscription provides).
In the ‘sad news’ category.. Mike Donattelli confirmed this week that he is no longer with Carbine, presumably, he’s going to be spending some time focusing on his health, before jumping into his next gig. I wish him all the best, and can’t wait to see where he goes next.
NCSoft also released their 1Q numbers this week…and WildStar’s numbers are.. ummm.. well… less than stellar. There was a pretty substantial drop in sales from 4Q (F2P launch) to 1Q:
Hopefully the changes Carbine has been making to the store (more account boundedness, better price points, etc) will help make 2Q look better.. Steam release will also help some. No doom and gloom from me, but there’s plenty of it out there after these numbers hit. I’m hopeful that next quarter’s numbers will climb up a bit. I will say that maybe this is further proof that Carbine has made it too easy to play the game without spending any money, combine with some initial mis-steps on pricing in the store.. it hurt them. I’d expect we’ll see some more revisions to store practices, and potentially even some shifting of more features behind a pay-wall (or Cosmic Reward tier).
Here’s my quick suggestion for an item I think would sell well.. Bank slot increases that are multi-claim.. I don’t want to buy one bank slot on each character.. but I’ll gladly buy a token that unlocks that slot across the board.
That’s pretty much it for official news this week. Hopefully we’ll get some ETAs for Aurin Engineers, the limited faction wall drop, and you know.. a Steam launch soon (If I had to bet, I’d put Steam launch around the Anniversary..because then they can combine launch with anniversary shenanigans).
In happier news.. Mayor DasMoose has given us a new video we can all spam at Pappy to express our desire for the #WildStarOST:
He’s done a great job providing snippets and highlights of the amazing soundtrack that Jeff Kurtenacker has put together for WildStar… so, hopefully we’ll get more news on the Soundtrack front soon (and, make sure you let Pappy, and the WildStar account know, via your social media of choice, that you’d like the soundtrack)!
Other Community news:
Thaydfest (Put on by the great BDS folks) is this weekend! make sure you stop by and have fun, and help out if you can. Get all the details here.
The folks over at WildCast recorded last night, and based on past history.. we should be getting some news from Carbine today or tomorrow.. since they have a habit of dropping big news right after AvidGuru and crew get done.
Former Community Manager Tony Rey, has put a couple of WildStar PAX Pins up on eBay.. still some time left if you want to try and win them. Based on what he’s said on Twitter, he’s got a bunch of swag he plans on putting up at some point.. so, don’t bookmark his eBay account, that way there is less competition for me!