WildStar: Not Responsible For Making Actual Dreams Come True
I haven't said much about WildStar. I tend not to pay close attention to MMOs when they're not even in closed beta. I note the ones I might be interested in playing and keep an eye open for news but I'm not one to hang around proto-game forums building a post count and projecting my dream game onto a blank canvas.
It's next to impossible to know what an MMO is going to feel like to play until you, y'know, play. Or at the very least watch someone else play. Amazing trailers that look like mini-movies tell you next to nothing about the game you'll get. Remember those astounding DCUOtrailers? Much though I enjoy DCUO, on balance I'd rather SOE had given all the money it cost to make to the people who made the trailers and let them make a full-length movie instead. No MMO was ever going to live up to that.
So it's with a deal of wariness that I link this trailer. And with even more wariness that I make this comment: WildStar is starting to look like the new EQ2.
There's no MMO like EQ2. It's a blend of MMO styles that offers a wider range and greater depth than just about anything else in the market. The problem with EQ2 is that even after you've played it so long that the colors are fading and the fizz has gone flat, other games still struggle to hold your attention. They start out all gosh-wow but after a while you begin to realize they just don't offer the sheer choice you've been taking for granted all these years.
On the surface, WildStar seems to be the only upcoming MMO interested in attempting to match that range. Whether that's a realistic goal for a game to start out with, I'm not sure. EQ2 got there by an accretive process over more than half a decade. But I'm glad to see them try.
I have WildStar pencilled in as my next "big" MMO after GW2. Not sure how far along they are. It'd be nice to think they might launch next year sometime. There's still precious little hard information on the website. We don't even know what the payment model will be.
Best not to get too excited, then. It's one to keep in the back of the mind for now. For all we know, it may never get to launch.