As you may already know, WildStar has a feature known as Shiphand Missions which give players a little something extra to do during their time questing on Nexus. These are self-contained side stories made to scale depending on group size. You can tackle them solo, or grab four friends and take a full group to help aid your fellow faction NPCs in all manner of quests. The first of these for a Dominion player becomes available around level 12, and just as Kristen “Caydiem” DeMeza mentioned in the WildStar Wednesday reveal of Shiphands back in September, the inspiration from various sci-fi movies is definitely noticeable!
Outpost M-13 takes the player on an adventure to help secure cargo aboard a Dominion freighter, fighting off marauders as they attempt to steal the precious crystals aboard. Based upon your performance and ability to save the crystals, you’re given a boost in the form of NPCs assistants during the second phase of the mission. After helping save the cargo, you’ll shuttle down to land near a mining complex. Something has gone horribly wrong and of course you’re sent in to investigate. A scene very reminiscent of Aliens occurs, and you find yourself facing down alien bugs out to infest your friends. The battle culminates with the elimination of the alien Queen, and victorious, you’re whisked back to Nexus to reap the rewards for saving the day.
I really enjoyed this short break from the regular questing and fighting on Nexus, and it’s nice to get a change of scenery and leave planetside for a bit. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store for future Shiphand Missions throughout WildStar. If this first taste is any indication, we’re in for some really fun side stories. Although I already spoiled the plot above, if you really want to see it for yourself, have a look at the video below to see the entire mission play out.