Wildstar going Free to Play in the Fall

It was sort of inevitable, but it is now official that Wildstar will be going free to play this Fall.  The game will cost nothing to download and play and will still include subscriber benefits and game currency to purchase cosmetic items.  Massively Overpowered has a good article covering the reasons for the switch and some of the planned changes to the game designed to entice players to try or return to the game.

Candy Barbarian Arrives in Trove

Today’s patch adds a new playable class in Trove, the Candy Barbarian as well as a new Candy biome to explore.  The Candy Barbarian joins the other player classes – Knight, Gunslinger, Fae Trickster, Neon Ninja & Dracolyte.  You can change your class at any time buy purchasing the new classes with credits or in-game coin.  Each time you start a class, it begins at level one, but you never lose your progress on your previous class and can swap back at any time keeping your progress with each class.

The Candy Barbarian has some fun class abilities including:

  • Gum Drop (Passive): When you hit (or are hit by) enemies, you’ll spill candy on the ground. Scoop it up for sweet boosts to health or speed!
  • Vanilla Swirlwind: Spin like a cotton candy machine gone berserk, striking all enemies within range.
  • Sugar Crash: Launch into the air and crashes down on your target with devastating force.
  • Eis-Crom Cone (Ultimate): Invoke the powers of Eis-Crom, god of all things candy, to waylay your foes with an exploding ice cream cone of terror!

A New First-Person Shooter from Blizzard

Today at Blizzcon, Blizzard announced a new game called Overwatch.  A FPS, which is something Blizzard hasn’t done before.

The action of Overwatch takes place in a technologically advanced, highly stylized future earth. In a time of global crisis, an international task force of soldiers, scientists, adventurers, and oddities known as Overwatch had come together to restore peace to a war-torn world. After many years, the group’s influence waned, and it was eventually disbanded. Overwatch might be gone now . . . but the world still needs heroes.

With an emphasis on accessibility and pure fun, Overwatch brings Blizzard’s signature easy-to-learn, hard-to-master gameplay to the FPS genre. Harnessing the power of their hero of choice, players will join forces in teams of six and battle each other across a range of futuristic global locations, from the hologram-lit streets of London to a bazaar in the shadows of a high-tech Egyptian pyramid. Every battlefield is iconic and built to highlight each character’s unique abilities, and fights can shift from streets to rooftops to open skies within the span of a breath.

I’m not a big FPS person myself, but if it lives up to the quality of other Blizzard games, it should be a lot of fun for those that enjoy shooters.  The crowds at Blizzcon were presented with a fully playable version of the game and beta testing is expected to begin in early 2015.  You can sign up for Beta at the official Overwatch Website