Free-to-play WildStar MMO coming to Steam on June 9

Pets, mounts, and other content will be bundled into the Steam release.

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WildStar turned heads upon its release in 2014, owing primarily to its vibrant graphics and an active battle system that set it apart from the droves of World of WarCraft clones. Initially subscription-based, the game went free-to-play in 2015, and will make the jump to Steam on June 9, only two days away.

Developer Carbine is ringing in the game's impending re-release by offering assorted bundles on both the Steam page and the in-game store. Each bundle will contain cosmetic doodads like pets, mounts, and assorted items.

Although free-to-play, WildStar does offer a subscription for players interested in getting bonus items.

Steam players will get in on the action just in time, as Carbine has been gearing up for the forthcoming Destination Arcterra expansion. Destination Arcterra will feature a new region, a dungeon instance, and dynamic blizzards.

Read more about what the Steam version of WildStar has to offer on the game's store page.

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    June 7, 2016 4:25 PM

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      June 7, 2016 7:09 PM

      Interesting thought that was going to say "coming to a close". Wonder if being on Steam will help get more players because last time I tried to play it was a ghost town.

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      June 8, 2016 7:24 AM

      Weird it isn't already

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      June 8, 2016 10:35 AM

      WS was kinda cool when it first came out. Even did the preorder bonus stuff. Man, I got burned on it really fast. Faster than I expected. I don't think I know anyone still playing it.

      I think to this day, the one mmo I'd go back to might be SWTOR, only because I wasn't able to finish the stories. That was a pretty good draw for me. Friends all got burned and just quit at about the same time.

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      June 8, 2016 11:22 AM

      It is a fun game. The combat is pretty good and engaging. The issue is, if you have played it to end game once, it is hard to get back into it. Hopefully being on Steam will give it some exposure, it is well worth the bandwidth to download it and at least play it to the first dungeon, hopefully enough would be playing to experience that craziness.