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WildStar goes free-to-play on Sept. 29

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Carbine Studios announced today that its sci-fi massively multiplayer online game WildStar will go free-to-play on Sept. 29, with a second phase of the game's closed beta test kicking off today.

WildStar's transition to a free-to-play model will also include what Carbine calls "the title's biggest game update yet," which the developer refers to as WildStar Reloaded. The update promises all-new content, updated game systems and a host of other improvements aimed at streamlining the gameplay experience.

The free-to-play closed beta is designed to test out WildStar's new economic model; players who are currently active subscribers will get access to the closed beta. Interested players can also sign up for a beta key at the WildStar website. Polygon is also giving away a big stash of codes, so check our forums for details.

For more on WildStar's transition from subscription-based game to free-to-play game, check out Polygon's interview with Carbine.

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