NCSoft and WildStar Developer Carbine Face Layoffs

WildStar is a fantastic game, but it’s been struggling lately. Updates that were supposed to be monthly have slowed to a trickle, prominent team members like Stephan Frost have left Carbine, and now, NCSoft is cutting 60 members of the game’s dev team, as well as making cuts across the board in their US-based divisions (excluding ArenaNet). With fewer developers, we can expect updates for WildStar to come even less frequently, which could severely hurt their player base considering those same updates promised to add value to their controversial subscription model.

NCSoft asserts that this “restructuring” is necessary for the “implementation of a new strategy designed to strengthen our footing as a leader in global entertainment.” While they will continue to focus on their core MMOs, the company stated that they “are looking to move into new business segments like mobile and tablet games as well as explore emerging technologies.” The first part of that isn’t so surprising – the mobile market is an exceptionally lucrative space to be in right now – but those “emerging technologies” sound tantalizing. Could NCSoft be moving into the VR marketplace? Maybe they’re working on games that can be played on solar roadways. It’s a little silly to speculate now, but it’ll be interesting to see what they have cooking.