It’s time again for DevConnect! In this installment we’re taking a quick look at what’s in store for August and even a little beyond. We welcome your thoughts on the festivities, goods, and developments to come.
And, if you’re enjoying this recent DevConnect format, give us a holler.
The Chase Finale wraps up in August, immediately followed by a Double XP X-Plosion weekend!
- Space Chase: July 31–August 7
- Sim-Chase: August 14–21
- Double XP X-Plosion!: August 25–28
Catch a refresher on our plans for in-game events moving forward.
We plan to release minor game update 1.7.3 Charlie to live realms on Wednesday, August 2. The primary purpose for this update is to refresh Madame Fay’s Fortunes inventory.
Madame Fay’s Fortunes
We’re continuing to bring back previous Fortunes loot by updating Madame Fay’s inventory with the Retro collection on August 2. If you missed out on any of these awesome, nostalgia-inducing goods, prepare yourselves! It’s worth noting during this round that all Retrosaur color variations will be available at all times. The Gold Retrosaur is still a super-rare drop from Fortunes; however, you can still collect all three standard (and still radical!) colors and turn them in with a Gilding Catalyst to go gold—if you want!
Of course, this full inventory refresh means the current Space collection will be packed away again. There’s only a few days left for you to score any pieces you might be missing!
PTR Test Schedule
On Thursday, August 3 we plan to switch our testing objectives on upcoming game updates by disabling Communities and opening Genetic Archives Prime Level 1 for preview! We’d love to get some focused raid testing on this difficulty setting, so please reply to this thread if your guild wants to schedule some time to brave the increased challenge this 20-player Prime dungeon offers. Ideally someone on our end can plan accordingly to observe your progress (best times are during our business hours, weekdays before 6pm PDT).
With your help we’ve addressed several bugs and implemented quality-of-life improvements for Communities. That said, we don’t consider this to be a wrap on developing this exciting new feature; and our goal is to reopen Communities—along with additional Prime instances and all other updates planned for patch 1.7.3—later in August for a full and final round of testing ahead of its release on live realms.
Prime Genetic Archives is slated for release later this year after 1.7.3.
Double XP X-Plosion! always presents a good opportunity for us to stream. With its next run coming August 25 and game update 1.7.3 following not far beyond, there will be plenty to do and discuss next month! We’ll follow up with confirmed dates and times for upcoming livestreams, but for now it’s reasonable to suspect that we’ll at least be on-air via twitch.tv/WildStar Friday, August 25 at 2pm PDT.
Here are some of the items scheduled to hit the In-Game Store next month.
- Technophage Equivar
- Technophage Convergence FABkit
- Dynamic Body Aura & Ethereal Body Aura
- Exotic Pumera
Be on the lookout for all item release dates and visual previews on the WildStar Facebook and Twitter channels.
Feature Previews & More to Come
As previously mentioned, patch 1.7.3 is nearing completion. Included in this update is the much-anticipated Communities feature, in addition to the new Residential Renovation monthly in-game event, Prime difficulties for Sanctuary of the Swordmaiden and Deep Space Exploration, and more. Stay tuned for more in-depth previews of the major 1.7.3 features.
Genetic Archives Prime Level 1 is planned to arrive with patch 1.7.4 later this year.
P.S. Looking for the previous DevConnect? Here’s the July Preview.