Hi there Ice!
A premature welcome back to the game! Wildstar does indeed seem to be growing again. People started coming back after drop 3 and even more returned after drop 4, the "Protogames Initiative". Endgame-wise a lot has happened, most of it improvements. In short (forgive me if I forget something):
- We now have veteran shiphands forming as a first step of gearing up before veteran adventures.
- There are daily quests for veteran dungeons, adventures, shiphands and PvP.
- Renown can now buy you gear as well as the new Glory currency earned in dungeons and raids.
- PvP has improved (and will do so further in drop 5) by expanding the matching band and removing the rating requirements on gear.
- Attunement for GA now only requires bronze dungeons and the entire medal system has been revamped making silvers much easier to get. Reputation gains have also improved I think.
- Datascape has been retuned to a 20 man raid.
- The decor limit in housing has been increased from 300 outdoors / 800 inside to 1000 / 1000, lights from 20 to 40 and a LOT of new decor has been added including usable seating, doors, glass windows, pipes, triangles and a lot of custom objects. Not to mention the much-appreciated bunker house.
Also worth noting is that all previous servers are now merged into two megaservers per region: one PvE (Jabbit EU / Entity US) and one PvP (Luminai EU / Warhound US). Sadly, almost the entire population resides on the PvE servers atm in anticipation of further PvP improvements. As for claims about B2P/F2P the only official word so far is that there are no plans to go any of those routes. The official forums are plagued with speculations regarding this, however I prefer not to get into that discussion. I have my preference as I'm sure you do too, but in the end only Carbine and NCSoft knows what is going to happen in the future.
As for the RP community on Jabbit, we went through a dark time directly after the megaserver merge. Things have improved however and the community is rising from it's hiatus. Although we're not nearly as numerous as the roleplayers on Entity yet, it is certainly not non-existant on Jabbit. That said, I'd advice you to read my post about what to expect and how to get roleplaying on Jabbit in this thread
. I only have insight in the current situation among the Exiles but I'm hoping that someone from the Dominion will soon come along and add their view on things.
Oh and on a last note, there is now also a 10-day free trial available (see details here
). I'm not sure if it's combinable with your 7-day key, but at least it should give you another 3 free days to evaluate your return.
When you do return, keep up to date here and if you're Exile say hi in the LFRP channel.
Hope to see you on Nexus soon!
Oh, by the way: I just noticed your characters love for books in your signature and thought I'd inform you that the Thayd Public Library will be opening it's gates shortly. I will make notice here when it's available to the public!