Considering Wildstar has been in closed beta for a while now and is nearing both open beta and launch, I feel that I should start a thread for this game.
Wildstar is an upcoming MMORPG created by Carbine Studios set on a planet called nexus, where a group of Exiled races fight against a large space empire for the right to live on the planet and uncover all of its mysteries. The planet used to belong to a race called the Eldan, but they have mysteriously vanished and left behind numerous traces of their existence.
The game will feature many core mechanics that MMO players will feel right at home with such as 5-man instanced dungeons, raids that go all the way up to 40-man, battlegrounds, arenas and open world PvP. Of course an MMO can't be successful without adding in new stuff, and this is where Wildstar seems to currently shine.
Just to name a few things off the top of my head:
-layered content (EX: kill x number of a certain enemy, the game will prompt you to kill more of them within a certain amount of time in order to gain rewards)
-shiphand missions (instanced missions that you can do either solo or with a party. Much smaller in scale than adventures or dungeons)
-adventures (large open world 5-man instances where you can choose multiple paths of progression. as this is all a simulation and is not involved with the lore in anyway, carbine is doing some crazy cool things with adventures)
-warplots (not much information on these yet, but from the information that is given about them it seems to be a 40v40 pvp game mode where each side builds and protects their own "warplot". You can place defensive turrets, traps and even captured raid/dungeon bosses into your warplot to defend it.)
-housing (furnish a house and your lawn. lots of items. housing just by itself is amazing, but it's intimately tied into everything you do by giving you buffs, farms, mines and other neat things that help you on your journey)
I probably missed a bunch of things, but the information is out there and I'll link a few things further down in this post.
Here are all the DevSpeaks that have been released so far (in order). All of these explain an aspect of the game and how it relates to everything in the world of wildstar:
WildStar DevSpeak: Housing - YouTube
WildStar DevSpeak: Movement - YouTube
WildStar DevSpeak: Paths - YouTube
WildStar DevSpeak: Aiming - YouTube
WildStar DevSpeak: Crowd Control - YouTube
DevSpeak: Ability Mechanics - YouTube
WildStar DevSpeak: Warrior - YouTube
WildStar DevSpeak: Esper - YouTube
WildStar DevSpeak: Spellslinger - YouTube
WildStar DevSpeak: Stalker - YouTube
WildStar DevSpeak: Medic - YouTube
WildStar DevSpeak: Engineer - YouTube
WildStar DevSpeak: Customization - YouTube
WildStar DevSpeak: Adventures - YouTube
And here are the Wildstar Flicks that they have released in order. I'm also including the original trailer:
WildStar Official Trailer - YouTube
PROTOSTAR HOUSING INITIATIVE
WildStar Flick: Protostar Announces Nexus Housing Initiative - YouTube
MEET THE EXILES
WildStar Flick: Meet the Exiles - YouTube
MEET THE DOMINION
WildStar Flick: Meet the Dominion - YouTube
WildStar Flick: Paths - YouTube
DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS
WildStar Flick: Dirty Little Secrets - YouTube
WildStar Flick: Classes - YouTube
WildStar Flick: Adventures - YouTube
So that's all I've got at the moment for the first post. If you're interested about the game feel free to post about it. Got any questions? I'll see if I can dig things up to answer them for you. If you're already interested in the game then I'd like to hear your thoughts on it and what you plan on doing once it releases.