There was a ton of news this week from Carbine and if you missed any of it, it's time to get you caught up! First up, Carbine announced their Public Test Realm has been launched and is ready to test their first content drop, The Strain, which will be releasing very soon™. Read all about the PTR here! Now, with that being said, the developers have decided to host an even on the PTR today, starting at 12pm PDT. You can read all about that below and in this thread!
Quote from Raijinn
Greetings! The team at Carbine would like to invite you to check out all the latest content in the Strain Ultradrop on the Public Test Realm - Nexus! In addition to being able to check out the new content in-game, we'll be hosting an event on Friday, June 27, 2014, which will give you the opportunity to hang out with some of the game developers who created the Strain Ultradrop content! So, be sure to install the Public Test Realm client now - it may take a little while to install.
- Members of the WildStar Development Team will be logging in to the PTR at 12PM PDT/ 19:00 UTC / 21:00 CET on Friday, June 27th, 2014
- Development Team members be available to answer questions and play through new Strain content with players for the duration of the time that they are on. There's an official stop time at 4PM PDT, however not all members of development will be available for the full event.
- The Event will take place in Blighthaven.
- Dominion will meet up at the Titian Collective
- Exiles will meet up at the Aurelian Enclave
- Have fun! This is your chance to talk with Devs, play content with development, and check out the new Strain content!
And on a related note, you are now able to earn even more Boom Boxes! Basically, you have to play on the PTR and finish quests in Blighthaven and Northern Wastes and you will earn Boom Boxes. You get one Boom Box for each quest completed for the first five, then one Boom Box per 5 completed quests until you reach the maximum of 14 Boom Boxes. Click the image below to read Cougars announcement on the official forums!
And finally, we all know that botters and scripters have been infiltrating WildStar and are causing some disruptions. Well, Executive Producer Jeremy Gaffney wants you to know that they are working hard on stopping the bots, but almost all of them come from compromised accounts and using two-step verification to log into WildStar will help prevent this in the future. You can read his forum post below, and help out on the realms by reporting any and all bots you see! Don't use two-step verification? You should! Read this post to get started.
Quote from Jeremy "The Gaffer" Gaffney
Just a quick update on this thread:
We've been banning daily since this post started; rolling up several RMT rings in the process. They come back fast, but this helps. The thing that will help the most is right-click reporting; it helped clean up zone spam very rapidly. That's in dev right now (approximate ETA is after the Strain Drop at the moment; we'd like it sooner obviously). We've been tuning our autodetection and watch lists up - trying not to catch too many dolphins in the net, though, as it were.
We've been prioritizing this for GMs as well - an issue is that the vast majority of the botters/etc. are compromised accounts, which takes longer to confirm/restore (PLEASE USE 2-FACTOR AUTHENTICATION). Things vary a lot zone to zone and server to server as well - some are pretty clear of 'em and some suck. There's a variety of different things in the works as well but we of course can't talk a lot of details as one doesn't want to help the scripters. But we get that it's an issue (for us and the other popular games in the biz right now).