Carbine Studios shutting down
Dozens expected to lose jobs as NCsoft closes developer behind WildStar

Brendan Sinclair
North American Editor
Thursday 6th September 2018

Carbine Studios is closing after more than a dozen years in development. As reported by Kotaku, Carbine parent company NCsoft today informed employees that the WildStar studio would begin the process of shutting down.

"Today, we are closing Carbine Studios and will begin the process of winding WildStar down to ultimately shutter the game," an NCSoft representative told Kotaku. "WildStar players who have spent money within the game will be refunded purchases from July 1, 2018 until the payment system is shut off. We are also in the process of identifying the teams that will be doing the work to bring WildStar to a close. These decisions are very difficult to make and we are in the midst of shifting as many of our teammates as possible into other roles within the organization."

All told, the closure is expected to put 50 people out of work.

Carbine was founded in 2005 by former World of Warcraft developers. It was acquired by NCsoft two years later, and launched WildStar as a subscription-based MMO in 2014. It struggled to catch on, prompting the studio to switch to a free-to-play model less than a year after launch. Kotaku reported that the studio had two other projects in the works, but it couldn't convince NCsoft to pursue them.