Note: I wrote this while extremely frustrated with the way Carbine is handling their Anniversary event this year…
Welcome to the WildStar Week in Review, the CashGrabiversary edition!
June 3rd was WildStar’s second Anniversary.. and to Celebrate… Carbine gave us… nothing! Sure, the Starfall “event” has been shifted from July to become the Anniversary event with no explanation provided for the date change.. but, the Starfall event.. isn’t really an event (at least, in the same sense as Winterfest and Shade’s Eve). Instead.. the Starfall event is… RNGBoxes! You want a Rocket Rowsdower?!?! Hope you can buy enough Keys to get one from RNG! And it’s not just this year’s “rewards” that are in there.. nope.. the loot tables for the RNGBoxes are cluttered full of stuff from previous events (which, would actually be okay, *IF* this year’s rewards were not tied to the same RNGBox).
I asked about it in Twitch chat, and the response I got from Caydiem was that “they are operating under a different business model than last year” which is fine.. but being F2P doesn’t mean locking everything in these stupid, horrible RNGBoxes.
June 4th, is Gazillion’s Marvel Heroes’ 3rd Anniversary. Would anyone care to take a guess at how many RNGBoxes have to be opened to get all the Anniversary related items? Yup.. you guessed right.. ZERO. Everything Anniversary related can be purchased with a special in game event currency (Birthday cake slices) that drops from mobs while playing the game. MH operates under a very similar F2P model as W*, and to monetize their Anniversary, MH is running sales through their cash store, encouraging people to buy items there.
June is also the month that Heroes of the Storm celebrates it’s one year Anniversary…. guess how many RNGBoxes needed to be opened in that title to get all it’s Anniversary rewards? That’s right! NONE! Just like last year’s WildStar Anniversary, all you needed to do was log in.
Weird that these other F2P games can give their players Anniversary rewards (and then try and monetize further with sales)… while Carbine thinks being F2P means.. RNGBoxes! That subscribers can’t even use their free weekly lockbox key to open! I’d love to get an interview with whoever at Carbine made this decision, to try and understand the rationale of turning even your Anniversary into a cash grab. Sadly, the way this event was done, compared to Winterfest and Shade’s Eve.. has me pretty much convinced that Dev time is going to be allocated to re-do those two events, and turn them into mirror’s of this “celebration”.. and we’ll lose the ability to use in game currency to buy specific rewards.
I love the game, I love Carbine.. but, y’all made a stupid decision with how to handle the Anniversary.. and it’s coming pretty close to driving me away. It’s very hard to try and defend/support the game… when you guys do stuff like this. The Anniversary CashGrab runs all of June.. so FIX IT! do something to make it right.
Now, on to better news.. If you’ve been logging in regularly, you’ll have hit your day 250 login reward (GAH! I missed a day somehow this week.. Moose is now a day ahead of me!) The Mechari Welder:
We got another ‘more information soon’ post regarding Steam launch. The part of this that interests me (now that Carbine held off the Steam launch long enough to make my guess of the 3rd incorrect) is the enhancements for greater account security they mention.. it’ll be interesting to see what that is.
PTR testing of Red Moon Terror continues, so if you haven’t yet.. be sure to patch up and log on and give it a go.
Pappy was on a celebratory stream Friday to “play through” Starfall… which consisted of lots of laughs, and people killing things so fast Pappy couldn’t get the credit for the challenges (this week’s ‘event’ quest). I tried to watch from Work, but missed a bit.. I didn’t hear any new news off the stream, just people laughing and having fun playing the game. I thought they were going to do a couple giveaways, but either I missed them due to work making me… work.. or they didn’t happen.
WildCast Episode 89 is out.. grab it here.
Mondo Zax was revealed in NCSoft’s new MxM game:
I still think they need to add Belle, or Kit, or Deadeye to offset that little guy…
Okay… I think that’s everything from this past week.. Go, play on Nexus… see if you can buy the Anniversary rewards you want from the AH.. and avoid RNGBoxes!