WildStar Devs Chad Moore and Mike Donatelli take us for a quick lore tour of the planet Nexus.
Imagine you're a lone explorer searching the ocean for something special. You dive through the depths, swim through some beautiful yet weird schools of fish, and then all of a sudden you discover the long lost underwater city of Atlantis. That's the wondrous feeling the WildStar developers want you to experience the first time you set foot on the vivid planet Nexus, where the new MMORPG from Carbine takes place. We got the chance to speak with Carbine's Lead Narrative Designer Chad Moore and Content Director Mike Donatelli about the lore behind the planet Nexus and some of the types of things you'll encounter when you land.
Nexus is a mythical planet where a legendary race called the Eldan once lived. The Eldan were a powerful and advanced race, but somehow they disappeared from the galaxy a thousand years ago. Fast forward to current day, where adventurers and treasure hunters from all reaches of the solar system have discovered this lost planet, and are now making a mad dash to uncover its copious secrets.
The two factions fighting for supremacy over Nexus are the Exile and the Dominion. The Exile were driven from their home by the Dominion and are basically a group of rebels and refugees who have made the Nexus their home over the last few years. On the other hand, the Dominion are an intergalactic empire with ancient ties to the Eldan so they believe the planet is their rightful kingdom and want to set down roots there.
According to WildStar's Lead Narrative Designer Chad Moore, the core story of WildStar revolves around why the Eldan disappeared, what happened on Nexus, and the conflict between the Exile and Dominion and how these different factions are going about exploring and embracing the whimsical planet of Nexus now that it's ripe for the taking. But that's not all the game has to offer.
In WildStar, the legendary planet Nexus has been found. As the opposed forces of the Exiles and Dominion rush to capture it and its secrets you must pick your side and join in the fight to unlock the planet's secrets.
If you've never seen WildStar in action before, its visuals are bright and stylized but at the same time extremely polished. The style reminds me of some of the best World of Warcraft art, and while some people will complain that new MMOs should all be more realistic, having a stylized game allows it to keep looking fresh even years after release.
Along with the graphics comes WildStar's quirky personality. You'll laugh out loud while exploring Nexus and meeting its colorful cast of characters. That's not to say WildStar won't have important and meaningful moments, but Carbine is definitely embracing a more comical atmosphere than most other AAA MMOs these days. Chad Moore explains that the development team gets a lot of inspiration from Pixar movies. "The important moments will resonate even more because theyll stand out against the lightheartedness," he said.
To keep the spirited WildStar plot moving forward, supplemental storytelling spread throughout Nexus has been implemented. These include collectible objects called Data Cubes, which are like research nodes left by the Eldan that players can listen to in order to enhance the story. There are also journals players can collect, and WildStar will even feature an interactive encyclopedia called The Galactic Archives that updates as users progress through the content.