Guild Wars 2’s Lion’s Arch reconstruction has begun

Guild Wars 2’s Lion’s Arch reconstruction has begun, declare patch notes and a new dev post released today by ArenaNet’s Gaile Gray. The patch notes, which also include a number of PvP and PvE tweaks, begin with this in-character announcement from Captain Kiel:

Attention, citizens of Lion’s Arch

The rebuilding effort has begun! Please tread carefully around the construction zones, and try to respect the workers as they transform our beloved port into something new. Planning has taken much time, as the architects have had to work through many engineering and architectural challenges before agreeing on the final design of the city. Thank you for your patience and resilience during this difficult time. Together we’ll make the new Lion’s Arch a metropolis for the ages.

—Ellen Kiel

The original city was wrecked by everyone’s no one’s favorite villain Scarlet Briar during the first season of the living story. In her dev post, Gray explains that New LA has learned its lessons well and will be more heavily fortified yet still super pretty and convenient for players who want to gather there. Those of you who’ve been unhappy with ArenaNet’s name choices for the new class specs might want to take note of a player poll that will determine the names of the new city’s districts.

“While we don’t have a date for the final unveiling, we can say that—due to the advantages of off-site construction—one morning in the next few months you’ll awake to a newly refreshed Lion’s Arch,” Gray teases.

We’ve included the impossibly dreamy art of New LA below.

Source: Dev post, patch notes. Thanks, Siphaed!
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LoganDarklighter
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LoganDarklighter

Nreff dragonwhimsy If it ain’t Baroque, don’t fix it! :D

jonny_sage
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jonny_sage

7BitBrian Nreff jonny_sage yeah, but it would be more immserive if it happened more often. like real time

McGuffn
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McGuffn

Nreff nahenway Yes! They do the ribbon cutting ceremony on the new lion statue and a few seconds later mad king crashes through it.

Elikal Ialborcales
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Elikal Ialborcales

It was really cool to see the rubble was removed; and apparently, the new city will be huge, given the building stuff.

Loyheta
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Loyheta

Finally. I loved LA when I first started playing it. THen they blew it up and I didn’t have a home :(

Xijit
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Xijit

ManastuUtakata Siphaed

You do have a thing for pink symmetry

7BitBrian
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7BitBrian

Nreff jonny_sage Add onto that now the new scaffolding and building sites. And then in the end the new a  complete Lions Arch. So technically it started with ruined LA, then cleared LA, Slightly rebuilt and populated LA, now we get even more building LA, and then we will get finally finished LA.

5 phases total from destruction to completion all spread over about a year an a half. Not bad really.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

Siphaed ManastuUtakata 
/sigh
…if there is one silver lining I could take from this, with a bit of re-adjusting the design and touching up the tone, the LA possibly could end up with this upon release. /wiggles pigtails

Devil Olive
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Devil Olive

Nreff dragonwhimsy Egyptian farmers under contract during the off season.

Xephyr
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Xephyr

Styopa And I die a little every time people talk about ”realism” in a fantasy game.

Xephyr
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Xephyr

I freaking love GW2 concept art <3

Styopa
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Styopa

dragonwhimsy Styopa That’s a little over the top.  Of course, in the first place, we DO constantly build things deliberately for aesthetics.  Secondly, I wasn’t even bemoaning artistry – of COURSE life, and games need beauty.  What I was bemoaning, if it needed further explanation, was the aethetics-uber-alles of GW2.

FWIW Rozyn, above, probably made the conclusive point, highlighting that this IS the essential GW esthetic, as much as WoW’s is “ridiculously huge swords and shoulder pads”.

jonny_sage
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jonny_sage

Id rather they just did it and didnt talk about it. Have actual NPCs in there every day with things changin little by little. Instead itll all happen in 2 seconds with a patch.

dragonwhimsy
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dragonwhimsy

Styopa That is why we live in a world where the soul slowly dies. We don’t build anything that isn’t practical or functional. We rarely build for beauty any longer. Fantasy worlds exist to escape the dreariness of the world we built for real.

Mikey Moo
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Mikey Moo

I’m excited for a new direction and design for Lions Arch, I hated the shantytown look.

Siphaed
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Siphaed

ManastuUtakata 
Logically speaking, they couldn’t.  The boats that made up the last Lion’s Arch were scraps from the many ships that sank during the rising of Orr that Cobiah Marriner  used to create a new city upon the ruins of the old one. So they were already partially destroyed ships and weak timber too.   Now take what Scarlet did:  have giant magical, layline-exposing drill explode in the middle of it all.  Nothing remains of most of those ships and timber save for the ones untouched by the flying pieces of drill and fire.    They also need to build the city to be less exposed to attack as it once was.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

I prefer the original design of clustered boats, bridges and sails. I was hoping they would go back to that. Although the current designs are sweeping…it does look like Ancient Egypt met Frank Gehry at a committee presentation, IMO. :(

Nordavind
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Nordavind

Siphaed Nordavind I wasn’t there for it, but had I been, I’d have thrown myself on that drill and saved you all from the disorder!

scratches16
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scratches16

Omg, the scaffolding… it’s everywhere!
“Henceforth, you shall no longer be known as Lion’s Arch, but New Kaineng instead”
#dare2dream lol

DekuSnow
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DekuSnow

Greaterdivinity We’ve already seen the city being slowly repaired, this is the third stage since it was destroyed.  I’m sure we’ll see some more slight additions and construction before it’s complete too.  The final stage will likely be quite a leap.. but I can understand why they’d do that, it’s a lot more exciting than having a few fixed up districts or buildings over the span of several months.

Rozyn
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Rozyn

Styopa I could see this argument in Life is Feudal, Gloria Victis, or one of those grungy, realistic games, but this is GW2 and it’s even out-ridiculoused it’s predecessor so… I think absurdly over-elaborate fantasy cities fit here.

Styopa
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Styopa

I’m probably the only person tremendously sick of absurdly over-elaborate fantasy cities, aren’t I?

I mean, yeah, I get it “a wizard did it” and “magic means we can do anything”, but the utilitarian in me dies a little when I see these giant goofy constructions like some sort of fantasy-realm Gloriette, serving no practical purpose but decoration, and certainly having nothing to do with any actual, functional way such a place would dynamically grow.  

Even a “designed city” like a Washington DC or Santos still has to make some concessions to how actual people function, and are generally designed for function/efficiency, not as some sort of performance-art piece that people are cursed to live in.

Siphaed
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Siphaed

Kyrie Greaterdivinity Sazri 
Doubt it.  The original game’s Collector’s Edition is what included the Concept Art.  It was in the Making Of book as well as the 5 fantastical prints (and one frame) that came with it.  Oh they are so beautiful.  Especially the one of Tequatl.

bryanjturner
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bryanjturner

The version of Lions Arch that was destroyed by Scarlet wasn’t the original version, that version was actually built on the ruins of the original Lions Arch, just saying.

NoneofyourBeeswax
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NoneofyourBeeswax

A new day dawn’s in Lion’s Arch.

Kyrie
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Kyrie

Greaterdivinity Sazri Absolutely fantastic artwork.  I wonder if theyll ever sell the originals?

Makhiel
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Makhiel

Rozyn Makhiel Dystopiq Eh, I would’ve played anyway, but now the portal feels kinda useless, still it’s a nice trophy :)

TomTurtle
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TomTurtle

I’ll be happy when the city is no longer dreary. It’s getting there at least.
I like the look of the concept architecture. Hopefully it’ll be a breeze to navigate with the new design. Funnily enough, it became easier to get around in certain areas after the destruction thanks to all the little shortcuts they added in. I’m very intrigued to see what lessons they’ve learned in city creation put into play here.

arktourosx
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arktourosx

nahenway Well even if they stick to one preview of a spec every week that’s still 5 more previews not counting the revenant details or specialization as well or any skip weeks like they skipped this week.  There’s also the new Borderlands and any other fluff they wanna do as well for previews so you’re look at August minimum if not later.

Zariarn
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Zariarn

Yes!

nahenway
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nahenway

one morning in the next few months -_____-

Rozyn
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Rozyn

I can’t tell if they’re continuing the ship theme (I hope so!) or if that’s just scaffolding. I liked the way the city looked before, but I’m glad to see them going a more realistic approach by not just throwing up the same assets they had before the destruction.

Rozyn
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Rozyn

Makhiel Dystopiq I feel like everyone who was portal farming should have asked that from the beginning lol. It kept you interested in the game while they worked on new content?

RiccardoTavano
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RiccardoTavano

Makhiel Dystopiq Probably it will be for the next one…not all the datamined stuff gets added immediatly…some armors have been datamined but never got used since months ago, lol.

RiccardoTavano
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RiccardoTavano

ColdinT Well…there already was xD The festival of the winds was made to gather materials and gold for that….no point doing that twice.

ColdinT
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ColdinT

This is cool and all, though none of the names struck me as that amazing. A bit disappointed there was no “Donate your unused items to help LA rebuild event” like there was a long time ago.

Faction 3
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Faction 3

Craywulf
My Guardian was my 3rd 80, after my Warrior & Necromancer. But I was so bored with him, I actually deleted him about 4 days ago. The Elite spec didn’t help. At all.

Makhiel
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Makhiel

Holy kitten! Didn’t expect that. *polishes Print Screen button* Let’s see what new dialogues were added.

Craywulf
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Craywulf

ArenaNet…set up a poll for Guardian’s Elite Specialization please.

Makhiel
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Makhiel

Dystopiq Meh, what have I farmed the Portal for then?

DeadlyAccurate
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DeadlyAccurate

Greaterdivinity I was talking about this just yesterday. Their concept art is beautiful, and I hope they have copies hanging all over the building walls.

LunarN
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LunarN

I liked Scarlet.

breetoplay
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breetoplay

Greaterdivinity Sazri Hands-down the best.

Siphaed
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Siphaed

Nordavind 
You blow up a giant magical drill in the middle of a city and see if it remains orderly.

MatthewRiddle
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MatthewRiddle

ZachRohr Rubi said at the beginning of last week’s Point of Interest that there would be no reveal this week.

ZachRohr
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ZachRohr

Does this mean no elite spec reveal this week?

Siphaed
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Siphaed

DUDE!, DUDE!….

[Data-Mining] Upcoming features from the May 19 update from Guildwars2

Heart of Thorns
992375_0159
Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns is now available for
prepurchase. Buy now to receive the Maguuma Trailblazer exclusive title
and access to all beta weekend events.
that_shaman datamined it!  We’ll have a pre-order this week or next!  Woohoo!

BrianSleider
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BrianSleider

Yet WoW cant eve put the damn fires out in SW, let alone rebuild the park…

Enikuo
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Enikuo

I will miss the upside-down-boat city. But, I’m excited that Lion’s Arch will finally be fixed! And, I’ll have to relearn where everything is again…. wait…..not as excited for that, but still.

Dystopiq
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Dystopiq

One more thing found in the patch data

“992375_0159 Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns is now available for prepurchase. Buy now to receive the Maguuma Trailblazer exclusive title and access to all beta weekend events.”

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