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Wildstar to use monthly subscription model, plus EVE style "play-to-pay" system

In all the gajillions of Wildstar videos released so far, one thing has remained a mystery: how will players be funding their journey through the colourful MMO? Will it require a monthly subscription, or will it be free-to-play, or pay-to-play, or pay-to-win, or cash-for-gold? Or, will there be some new, hideous and barely descriptive phrase to explain how you'll buy a computer game? Spoiler: I'm looking at the announcement, and it contains the words, "play-to-pay".

What does that mean? Well, buying a boxed or digital copy will secure 30 days of "free" game time. After that, you could pay a monthly subscription, or you could use in-game gold to purchase C.R.E.D.D.

What does that mean? Basically: EVE's PLEX. You can buy these "Certificates of Research, Exploration, Destruction and Development" from other players, then redeem them for in-game time. Buy enough CREDD, and you should be able to skip the subscription entirely.

So while it seems the primary method of payment will be a user subscription, there is a workaround for those spending enough time with the game.

Wildstar is planned for release Spring, 2014.

Phil Savage
Phil leads PC Gamer's UK team. He was previously the editor of the magazine, and thinks you should definitely subscribe to it. He enjoys RPGs and immersive sims, and can often be found reviewing Hitman games. He's largely responsible for the Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.