Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns launches October 23rd

ArenaNet announced today that Heart of Thorns, the first expansion for the three-year-old Guild Wars 2, will formally launch on October 23rd.

The studio saw several of its PAX Prime reveals spoiled yesterday. Those of you with your eye on the calendar will know that the planned date intersects Star Wars: The Old Republic’s Knights of the Fallen Empire expansion early access; BlizzCon is two weeks afterward.

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rhaps85
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rhaps85

Bluetouchpaper All long term players are poor is what you’re saying? I dont think thats true, i regularly drop 50 euro on gems and i see most veteran players with alot of gemstore items.

Elikal Ialborcales
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Elikal Ialborcales

If only we would know the true size. It makes judging the value difficult.

Bluetouchpaper
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Bluetouchpaper

The pricing of this expansion made me give up on playing Guild Wars 2 for the time being . Kind of the reverse effect that A-net had been hoping for I imagine . When I can get it for 25 pounds or less I may take a look at the game again . It just feels like A-net are taking the piss out of their long term players .

Kalamari
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Kalamari

Superbrak Bannex19 maybe it derails the hype train for the 5% of pro players who want challenging group content. but the majority of GW players are casual PVErs. and they wouldn’t care…

Kalamari
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Kalamari

wild_abyss there were some glitches with the last patch. when you use the makeover kit, you could see some new hairstyles. 
so…maybe. ;)

Kalamari
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Kalamari

ChannelOoi the only expansion was EOTN. the other ones where fully STANDALONE games…

ChannelOoi
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ChannelOoi

Quite an overprice expansion for what it brings to the table imho. Miss the good old guild wars day where the expansion are really meaty and worth their weight. The evolution of Anet.

BobDobalina
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BobDobalina

hardy83 Gurnlei When I got the $100 edition I got everything including the gems right away.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

breetoplay ManastuUtakata TomTurtle 
Touché! <3

Bannex19
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Bannex19

I don’t really care for the raids or hype. I enjoy the core game enough that the initial purchase has been worth the full price.
I just have the expectation that the expac will have the same level of attention as the initial launch. The pack looks like it definitely has tons of content in it for somebody that enjoys the games style but so did WoD…

hardy83
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hardy83

Gurnlei hardy83 Yeah I got it. lol Good thing too, it says it can take up to 72 hours to get the gems, which means it’ll be cutting it pretty close to when those items are no longer in the BL store.

kalamarison
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kalamarison

enamelizer You mean like ANet set the release a few days before SWTOR’s expac?

Valkyriez
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Valkyriez

I don’t think there is that much crossover to be honest. Blizzcon is for WoW and GW2 doesn’t really cross over with WoW and Fallout is a different beast all together (I never liked any of them personally).

Gurnlei
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Gurnlei

hardy83 Wings are making me consider it too. And finally get a set of permanent gathering tools.

Tinabeanses
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Tinabeanses

*cough cough… i feel something nasty coming on…*
Hell, I get to put my GW2 hours in and call it work! Bree will be cheering on my marathon and living vicariously through me while she’s too busy to play, providing I remember to write about it :P

Karl_Hungus
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Karl_Hungus

Anet has an advertisement for the expansion in this magazine:

Greaterdivinity
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Greaterdivinity

ArbsX They were working on WoD before MoP released. They were working on MoP before Cata was released etc.
We already know beta is this year (likely very late) and launch is next year. I’m full expecting 10+ months between 6.2 and Legion despite their “We want to get the expansion out sooner!” promise. Because this is now the 4th time they’ve made that promise, the previous 3 times leading to failures to do so.
And given how vague they’re being on everything and how they’re unwilling to talk about things because, by their own admission, it’s still early on, I can’t image they’re terribly far in.
It’s Blizzard. The more surprising thing would be if they didn’t have a massive amount of time where people payed a subscription for a live client that was all but abandoned.

ArbsX
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ArbsX

Greaterdivinity Tinabeanses You both think it wont come any earlier, but what if it does? hmmm They have been working on since before WoD released.

hardy83
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hardy83

Now to figure out if I should drop $100 for the edition with the gems…. Hmm…. There are those wings in the BL market right now… Hmmm…

ArbsX
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ArbsX

Line with more hugs You forget that they could drop Alpha / Beta around that time easily. 2 Birds with 1 stone.

ArbsX
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ArbsX

enamelizer They could drop a Alpha or Beta?

Superbrak
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Superbrak

Bannex19 Yeah… after all these recent leaks and reveals, the details announced at Pax feel like Anet’s last bullet in the chamber. If their take on “raids” doesn’t hit all the marks… or even worse derails the hype train they’ve got going, I don’t see what else they could have to reveal to drum up more hype.

breetoplay
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breetoplay

ManastuUtakata TomTurtle Who says I’ll be working that day to care??!!
(Just kidding. I never get to do that. :P)

wild_abyss
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wild_abyss

Anyone heard anything about new hairstyles/other customization that may or may not be coming with the expansion? I’m just excited that my norn has wings now and would love to be able to pick from more braided hairstyles for her.

Line with more hugs
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Line with more hugs

enamelizer
Hearthstone integrated into WoW.

Grimmtooth
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Grimmtooth

SoMuchMass Yes this is SO rushed they publicly announced the expansion months ago

SallyBowls1
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SallyBowls1

enamelizer lol so true.

Beta or even Legion pre-expansion event starting would be welcome.

Bannex19
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Bannex19

Spent 100 on this expansion. Currently I feel really stupid for doing so. I hope Anet will impress…

SallyBowls1
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SallyBowls1

breetoplay Sylzer Perhaps Anet outsourced this to IGN?

Princess Claude
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Princess Claude

And so the waiting game begins :O

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

Greaterdivinity SoMuchMass 
Eventually though, even a salty cat purrs. /Nyaa <3

TBPlayer2112
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TBPlayer2112

Aaaaaand purchased! Phew! Now that that’s out of the way I just have to decide weather I want to take part in next weekends beta event or just go in blind on the 23rd. I’m leaning toward the later. HYPE!!

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

TomTurtle 
I don’t think the long arms of Bree are able to reach Belfast effectively, or traverse its disproportionate times zone to finger wag. <3

BenesHacha
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BenesHacha

excaliburlost Mine too! :D

enamelizer
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enamelizer

I wonder what Bilzzard with come up with for a patch that day.

meltedskul
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meltedskul

Greaterdivinity Exactly this.

dLinden
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dLinden

50% off for old players?

Siphaed
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Siphaed

Read this on my tab @ work in my lunch  -break.    …. and time off for the 23rd, 24th, and 25th out in.:-D

Line with more hugs
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Line with more hugs

Finally!
And… that’s actually not a bad time to release? There’s not much competition this fall/winter, Wildstar’s going F2P, sure, but outside of that there are only much smaller (budget and marketing wise) products.
No WoW expansion is already a real big deal.

nahenway
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nahenway

Will there be a pre-event or smth? It’s still two months of nothing xD

breetoplay
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breetoplay

Sylzer breetoplay Seems plausible! Comforting to know I’m not alone in my confusion. :D

Sylzer
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Sylzer
SeedEve
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SeedEve

/ Happy dance :)

McGuffn
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McGuffn

SoMuchMass Dystopiq Oh please. Within a week everybody is going to have a smelly rash on their arm from constantly wearing their Pip-Boy anyway.

TomTurtle
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TomTurtle

Advice to Bree: Tina’s going to be mysteriously sick on or around October 23rd so don’t expect any work out of her for a while. ;P

I’m happy to see the release date. I hope ArenaNet has given themselves enough time to polish the expansion. Now to wait until tomorrow for even more juicy details. Now that I can’t wait for!

SallyBowls1
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SallyBowls1

Instead of a social calendar, could MOP publish and update my antisocial calendar as dates are known: just of the top of my head candidates are GW2, SWTOR KotFE, Wildstar f2p, Fallout, The Repop, STO 11, Blizzcon and Episode VII. I need to visualize the overlap.

If I were doing “employee reviews” for this genre, my top marks would go to Hearthstone but very high marks to ARR.  One of the things they did well/luck, they sure seemed to have found a good time slot to launch, a lot less crowded than this winter.

BobDobalina
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BobDobalina

Nice! Can’t wait. Now hopefully they leave enough testing time for the ranger and engie (my main) specializations before launch.

Dystopiq
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Dystopiq

SoMuchMass Dystopiq I’m watching you Mass.

AnastashsKontostergios
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AnastashsKontostergios

Well that was way sooner than expected…HYPE!

SoMuchMass
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SoMuchMass

Dystopiq SoMuchMass I didn’t even say anything bad?  I said they are shying away from the competition by releasing the game early, so they don’t get crushed by the competition and all the good games.  Many games like WoW for example is confident enought to release their games when the big and good games come out.  
But can’t blame ANet they want as much sales as they can get in the first couple of weeks.

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