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WildStar developer Carbine Studios is no more

Founded in 2005 by a group of former Blizzard colleagues, Carbine was purchased by NCSoft in 2007 and released its first and only game WildStar seven years later in 2014.

Chris Kerr

November 29, 2018

1 Min Read

Carbine Studios has closed its doors for good after shutting down its sci-fi MMO WildStar on November 28. 

Founded in 2005 by a group of former Blizzard colleagues, Carbine was purchased by NCSoft in 2007 and released its first and only game WildStar seven years later in 2014. 

Although the MMO was met with positive reviews at launch, it struggled to attract and engage players over the years, resulting in Carbine transitioning the game to free-to-play in 2015 before eventually shutting down its under-populated PvP servers around a year later. 

Fast-forward to September 2018, and NCSoft ultimately decided to shut down both Carbine and WildStar after rejecting two new projects pitched by the studio. 

In the months since, Carbine has been saying a long farewell to WildStar players around the world, and in one final post on the game's website, thanked fans for their support over the years.

"Unfortunately, Carbine Studios has recently closed its doors and WildStar has discontinued service," reads a brief message on the WildStar website

"Carbine would like to thank all of the players who made planet Nexus such as special place of the last four and a half years. We will always remember you."

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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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