Carbine Studios is excited to announce that the first content update for its acclaimed MMORPG WildStar, the Strain Ultra Drop, goes live onJuly 1, 2014! Players will quickly discover the horrible infection that has corrupted the planet – delivering a plethora of content for Nexus adventurers to uncover! Discovering the secrets behind this virus will not be an easy task, but in doing so, players will unlock the key to understanding the conflict between the enigmatic Drusera and the evil, wicked Entity.
The Strain Ultra Drop, laced with corrupted content dropping just one month post launch, brings players an impressive roll of content, including two Zones – one new and one existing zone compromised with infection, new solo, group, and public events. On top of that, Carbine has thrown in Strain themed décor items for housing, and mounts.
New Level 50 Zones Featuring Group and Solo World Story Content:
Blighthaven: Available for both Exile and Dominion players, Blighthaven adds new elements to the WildStar World Story. Dominion players discover that crazed Chua scientist Mondo Zax has established a secret testing facility in which he intends to isolate the Strain infection and weaponize it for use against the Exiles. Exile players will meet with the Mordesh scientist Victor Lazarin deep within the heart of Grimvault and help him study the region, looking for any clues that would help the Exile’s quest to cure the contagion plaguing the planet.
The Northern Wastes: The Ultra Drop also features the 2nd of WildStar’s new Post Cap Playspaces, level cap content that have public events and quests only available at Elder Game.
Northern Wastes up for grabs, and both the Exile and Dominion players are interested in recovering people and goods from this area. Eldan augmented wildlife and the savage Moodies populate the area. Along with battling new enemies, Exiles can take a nostalgic trip to explore the wreckage of their crashed Arkship. Meanwhile the Dominion players can revisit Camp Icefury in their quest to reclaim the area and strengthen their faction’s presence at this Dominion stronghold.
Even More Group Content!
Players can unearth the secrets of Drusera’s past when they visit her birthplace, The Nursery. In this mini-dungeon, players will fight together through the various elemental test chambers and learn more about Drusera’s past as they try and reach the Genesis Chamber. “Elyona the Mad,” a now Strain Corrupted Eldan Phage Lord, awaits players in the Exo Lab deep below Nexus.
At the heart of Blighthaven stands the Tree of Life, a tree planted by Drusera herself to cleanse the land of the corruption brought about by the Entity. The Entity has sent his servants to destroy the tree and reclaim his dominance over the land restored by the tree. Players must help Drusera and her Guardians of the Grove to protect the tree and repel the attackers – think tower defense-style game for 20 or more players in this new public event.
Strain Infected Customization:
- Housing Décor Items: New items are available for player housing! Make your home stylishly disgusting with more than 12 Strain-infected housing items, oozing with pustules, boils, tentacles and eyeballs.
- Customization Items: Players can dress characters from head to toe in infected Strain armor, plus tailor the armor with a new array of Strain-themed colors, like Corruption Purple and Ichorous Orange.
- Mounts: Cruise the badlands on your new Hoverboard, tricked out Strain-style with cankers, fangs, and grotesque eyeballs. Player can also pimp other mounts with a toxic cornucopia of Strain-infected accessories.
A Special Item for Subscribers…..
For those hardy souls that have activated a retail key for WildStar by 12am PT on July 7, a special Strain “Squirg” costume item!