PAX News: Wildstar Housing Is Awesome

Over at PAX this past weekend, developers announced some of the awesome features of WildStar housing. In the first of Carbine Studios “Dev Speaks” series, this video explains some of the core mechanics of housing and why it will be such an important part of the game.

WildStar Housing: Your Very Own Spot in the World

At an early level and with a little bit of cash, a visit to your local ProtoStar Housing Specialist will net you a sky plot. First you’ll have to clear your land by killing mobs, blowing up stumps, exterminating malicious plant life, and generally removing any sort of “undesirables.”

WildStar Housing starts of very basic: first off, you’ll have access to a campsite, then a small and basic race-specific starter home. Eventually, you’ll be able to get a larger home and it doesn’t seem to be race specific. Are you a Cassian who wants a cute little Aruin house? Maybe a Human that that wants a high tech Mechari domicile? Once you have access to it, you can build what you want.

As you level and quest and get a bit richer you’ll gain more and more access to customization options. You’ll be able to change just about every feature of your house inside and outside: walls, windows, signs, hedges, air conditioning units, benches, fountains, lights and lamps, furniture, bookcases, sculptures, anything. The amount of care and detail that has been put in to makes sure every element of the house is alterable is impressive. Additionally, it looks like there is a fairly simple to use movement system makes moving objects around and placing them very easy.

Perks of Living at Home

This video showcases some of the bonuses and rewards you will get for using the WildStar housing system. One thing we have not yet previously heard about is the perks that go along with housing, so this is pretty exciting. We now know that when you log out and rest at your house, you’ll be getting a sweet rested XP bonus. More than that, the more things you have in your house, the bigger your bonus will be. This is a neat feature and will help incentivize players to actually care about and work on their houses.

Another major set of perks is the plug-socket system. In addition to your actual house, your sky plot will have different preset “socket” areas where you can “plug” in additional buildings, facilities, or peripherals. You can build plugs like a personal crafting bench, a mine for gather ore materials, a garden for harvesting ingredients and the like. In the video we also saw a helicopter pad option, but I have no idea what exactly that will be used for. Maybe helicopters will act as a sort of flying mount?

Plugs will give out daily quests, resources, and other cool perks. They’ll take time and energy to build and maintain, but the rewards seem to be worth the effort. I mean, a reliable place to mine crafting materials? Sign me up! Scouring MMO worlds for mats is one of the most tedious aspects of crafting systems but if you care enough about crafting to put the effort in, you can skip that. There is a good chance that you’ll be able to sell those materials in an Auction House and turn an easy profit.

Turning Your Plot into an Unofficial Guild Hall

WildStar housing will be social if you want it to be. You can allow friends and guildies onto your property or open to the public. Have low level friends or guildmates? They can use your facilities to get ahead. Organizing a raid with your guild? Invite them to meet at your sky plot to get a special raid buff and talk strats before heading out. Also, you won’t have to be home to let friends come over – if you are away and not using your ore mine, might as well have a friend come and harvest mats for you. You’ll both get rewards for it.

WildStar housing is something I didn’t really think would be all that interesting at first, but now I’m pretty excited about it. Do you guys have any thoughts or opinions on WildStar housing and sky plots? Sounds to me like just the sort of thing other modern MMOs are lacking.

Another thing of note: I spoke with some of the WildStar housing developers at PAX about the payment model for WildStar. They couldn’t confirm or deny anything yet since it is still too early to tell, but they did mention that they are looking into the possibility of micro-transactions for housing items.

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  • Enricola

    Wow this looks pretty amazing. I don’t generally play games with that style of graphics, but that took me back to my EQ2 days where you could get drops that would take you to other zones, including raid zones, to put in your house. I miss that giant plant that took me to the Emerald Halls :(

  • Dekin

    holy cow……..holy cow…. HOLY COW…….When is this game coming out?! Now?! No!!? WHY NOT!

  • Gronba

    One word “disclaimer”!

  • http://twitter.com/akasoulz Brenton Adams

    The more they show the more I am starting to think this will be my next MMO I will play. I still want to see how much you can customize your character. Like talents, gear, what you can play as…. etc. Looking forward to seeing more in the near future.

  • Balen Arenas

    Looks cool but the housing is still instanced correct? Would love to have a housing system like in SWG.

    • http://twitter.com/RichardIRL Richard Elder

      Sounds instanced, but the vid said it ca be opened for the public.

      • http://twitter.com/dularr Dularr

        Could be like RIFT. You speak with an NPC and select the house you would like to visit.

        • Key Foster

          yeah I think its more like that.

    • cyberpunkhobo

      I think I heard/read somewhere that only the interior of your house is contained in an instance separate from the outside world, but that the exterior and your plot of land is part of the open world. Apparently, they’re using instancing for the interior because they wanted to make the inside of your house bigger than it appears from the outside.

  • http://www.facebook.com/inkogni.alex Inkogni Alex

    housing with a FRIGIN FARMWILLE!!
    STILL AWESOME and the voice in the video is so relaxing, just like Morgan Freeman.

  • David Alcon

    Damn Rift, a new challenger has arrived.

  • Bread256

    This game is shaping up to be my most anticipated MMO in a long while. Can’t wait to learn more about it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robbert-de-Wilde/1806039882 Robbert de Wilde

      I know right, it’s crazy how little attention it has gotten until now. People are finally starting to realize that it might be really good. I guess people are really skeptic towards new shit these days (with good reason). Especially when it looks like WoW at first glance (even though it really doesn’t). Most of the people I raid with in WoW or have raided with that I’ve shown the recent trailers and devspeak vids to are in total awe and totally on-board with trying out this game when it comes out.

      I guess it’s waiting for the NDA to get lifted so youtube will explode with Beta footage to see how well this game is received by players all over the world.

  • http://twitter.com/Deadalon Deadalon

    There is a new breed of MMO games coming out pushing the envelope much further than we have seen before. And many of them are focusing on the things that players are really after rather than paste/copy WOW.

    Neverwinter is offering voiceover quest text for example. Nice feature that adds to the immersion. Wildstar is pushing few new and improved buttons as well. Lets see if BLizzard is ready to face this challenge cause I got the feeling they have given up on updating WOW to the same standard as the latest games like they did with many before.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robbert-de-Wilde/1806039882 Robbert de Wilde

      For the next expansion pack, WoW will have to come up with some new cool shit. Challange Modes were cool, but NOT enough… people are tired of dalies. And just AWESEOME raids is not gonna be enough in the long run…. hell I’m getting tired. I’m really looking forward to try out Wildstar, Carbine is finally a developer I feel I can maybe hop over to from Blizzard.. And I’ve never had that feeling before. Almost feels like cheating!

      Back to my point, WoW WILL need housing, WILL need to bring back some sort of class quests, at least something like “paths” where people feel like they can distinguish themselves from others. They will need updated Vanilla models. They WILL need to bring some sort of dynamic content to the world. Otherwise people will have enough. The only thing that keeps most people playing is the raids… As soon as another game comes out with solid raiding content that is refreshing and has loads of new gimmicks and stuff on the side they will keep loosing players like they have…

  • DoctorOverlord

    I’m still wondering if the ‘self-defense’ cannons mentioned in the very first housing video have anything to do with possible PvP using these floating island houses :)

  • asdsa

    Im comming back to wow when they put this on wow!

  • KillingJoke

    Wasn’t Star Wars Galaxies the first mmo to have housing??

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=754168227 Len Hobbel

      not even close

    • Key Foster

      Ultima

      • KillingJoke

        sorry didnt play ultima so swg was my first housing experience

  • Krzysztof Kotarba

    this is WoW 2.0…. I kinda like it :P

  • http://twitter.com/DanielReasor Daniel Reasor

    I wonder if Wildstar will have some sort of pathed taxi. A flight path in my back yard would be much more convenient and sensible than a mount that needs a special place to park it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=754168227 Len Hobbel

    Face it all…..WOW still rules your live. Until WOW gets their player housing it wont be cool. I know for years we wanted player housing in WOW then when RIFT got it the WOW tards slammed it…but ummm WOW can NEVER have anything close to what games have these days AWESOME graphics, massive story line…Hella sexy female toons….and housing….

    But player housing wont be cool till WOW gets theirs…and well…nuff said and I am NOT a wow hater or fangirl…just EVERYTHING is judged VIA the WOW tards

  • http://twitter.com/cipero Matt Cipriano

    This looks pretty fun

  • http://www.facebook.com/miljan.stanojevic.503 Miljan Stanojevic

    Protostar makeing dreams come true…for money, well how about that! For sure am gona play this one.

  • Vektor480

    I want this game. NOW.
    I mean it. NOW!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Dobalina/100002971552895 Bob Dobalina

    If this is instanced housing, it will fail to excite for long. Hell, even the addition of player housing in Rift didn’t help because it was instanced. Now if they have player Guild Halls that you can manipulate in the “real” world that would be cool.

  • Key Foster

    Wow, I love the personal raid portal……with a buff! lol I’m really diggin that.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robbert-de-Wilde/1806039882 Robbert de Wilde

      At first glance maybe, but when you look closer it kinda doesn’t look like WoW at all. It’s actually a pretty unique artsyle/gameplay for an MMO.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alexander-Larsen/564825258 Alexander Larsen

    Wildstar looks pretty darn sweet :)
    Housing is something I love having in games, and this seems to be one of the best housing systems I have seen so far.
    I also cannot wait to hear more about the housing system that is coming to FFXIV A Realm Reborn. They havent said much about that, other than there is 3 different sizes, and would probably be for Linkshells (guilds) to buy and maintain. I have also heard that a player can sell his deed to another player :D

    Will deffo try out Wildstar when it comes :)

  • Fred

    Can’t wait for this game, looks and sounds amazing.