Guild Wars 2 brings back Super Adventure Box for April Fools’ Day

So we’re going to cross our fingers and hope that this is all true and not just a new April Fools’ joke about an old April Fools’ joke — because that would just be mean — but it appears Guild Wars 2 is reintroducing Super Adventure Box content.

Super Adventure Box has returned with the Super Adventure Festival! Play World 01 and World 02 on Normal, Infantile, or Tribulation Modes. Play through World 02 in record time, utilizing brand-new shortcuts. Seek out new hidden furniture shops and collect Fancy Furniture Coins to purchase decorations for your guild hall. Speak with Moto in Rata Sum and browse his reward items. If you own the Infinite Continue Coin, speak with Moto to receive your free Super Bee Dog Mail Carrier. The Infinite Continue Coin will now grant 99 lives when used in Super Adventure Box. Moto has created a set of orange Super weapon skins. Complete Moto’s Course Work daily achievements for extra baubles, and earn an orange Super weapon skin.

ArenaNet posted that the event runs through April 19th.

Updates – Here’s a bit more from the PR:

“TOTALLY BODACIOUS: Heart of Thorns players can make their own Super Adventure 8-bit jumping puzzles in their guild halls
TUBULAR: Super Adventure Festival will last at least two weeks, much longer than the usual 24 hours of April Fool’s game updates
GNARLY: The Super Adventure Festival will return every year to Guild Wars 2 as an annual event
BE KIND, REWIND: Players can go back and explore Worlds 1 and 2 in the Super Adventure Box in Rata Sum and earn new rewards”

And here’s the official blog post, up now — it’s legit! Good news for people who loved SAB1 but thought SAB2 was over the top:

[SAB] turned out to be quite popular, so we got to build World 2, the Mountains. This release taught us a lot about what SAB fans really wanted from this kind of content. So now that we have an opportunity to resurrect SAB, we’re very excited to tweak and tune the Mountain World to fit better into what makes SAB special. The first thing we did was add significant shortcuts to the zones—more is not always better! We didn’t actually cut any of the zones down in size; you’re still free to explore the longer routes if you choose. But no shortcuts for Tribulation Mode! The masochists out there don’t need to worry—Trib Mode paths are still exactly as grueling and awful as you remember! But we found that we lost a lot of players in World 2 with a steep difficulty curve, so we smoothed that out quite a bit. Falling in pits no longer instantly kills you. The rapids are more forgiving. And we did a hard-jump pass, making the critical path more accessible.

And now it’s destined to be a “yearly festival”:

We decided we couldn’t justify the sacrifice to Guild Wars 2 to make more new worlds for SAB. But we did have time to dust off the cobwebs (we had to fix a lot of stuff that breaks as the engine evolves and improves) and make sure SAB has a great, regular home in Guild Wars 2. As a yearly festival, SAB will now be a dependable fixture in Tyria, and that makes us very happy.

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lorenleah
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lorenleah

Siphaed lorenleah As I said in my comment, I’m happy for those who’ve been waiting for it.  It’s just not my thing.  Platformer elements are never why I played Guild Wars 2.
Not coincidentally, navigating the HoT maps is one of the worst things about the expansion for me, lol.
I actually do like jumping puzzles, but most of them have beautiful scenery or lore tidbits relevant to the main world, neither of which is true of SAB.  (Of course the pixelated look is part of the joke, but it still makes it hard to get invested.)

thegirlwiththehair
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thegirlwiththehair

yay, but a little too little, and a little too late.

mosselyn
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mosselyn

/happydance

No, it is not a substitue for new dungeons, new legendaries, fixing WvW, or anything the other things everyone is currently bent about. But it’s fun, and I’ve missed it, and it beats the heck out of standing around LA, playing “Whatcha wanna do tonight, Marty?” with my friends.

mosselyn
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mosselyn

Liraven I definitely do that if I haven’t bought anything from the cash shop in 2-3 months. The company that pays my salary couldn’t do so if people didn’t buy its products, and neither can a game developer. You might guess that I am not an F2P fan.

Liraven
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Liraven

Has anyone here ever made MMO cash shop purchases purely as a way to say ‘thank you’ to developers for creating awesome free content? The sheer amount of fun my husband and I had playing Super Adventure Box the first time through is one of the very rare cases that caused me to do just that. So happy this event is finally back!! :D

McGuffn
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McGuffn

Quincha McGuffn dragonwhimsy doesn’t change that He and many people are putting way too much emphasis on april. Look on reddit lol.

McGuffn
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McGuffn

Quincha McGuffn All it is is supposition that he’s buying into.

skoryy
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skoryy

Siphaed Let me translate: “Josh doesn’t have the time, energy, and/or heart to do World 3.”

Xephyr
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Xephyr

arktourosx Dystopiq Here’s another one, too big to directly link though :ccomment image

Sazri
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Sazri

arktourosx SAB is like an anti-salt vaccine.

Enikuo
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Enikuo

This made my day.

WandaClamshuckr
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WandaClamshuckr

DugFromTheEarth I was thinking the same thing.  I have a lot of saltiness towards the old Mike, Chris, and Colin circlejerk that pissed off a lot of people in the first couple of years.  However..

Super Adventure Box??  I’m logging in as I write this.

Tongle
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Tongle

Welp, 
Time to play some GW2 again. Nothing else to really say.

Tongle
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Tongle

Sorenthaz Yeah I kinda feel the same, but I’ll bring some brew and give it a shot this weekend.

DugFromTheEarth
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DugFromTheEarth

er… um… yeah

hard to come up with a slam about the only truly good and fun thing Anet has added to gw2 since release. (imo)

Looking forward to jumping back into it and trying to get anything I still havent collected yet.

arktourosx
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arktourosx

Dystopiq I love these gifs.

nahenway
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nahenway

Meh, after about 30 min i lost all interest again :/

arktourosx
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arktourosx

Nyres Part of the reason why I like watching WP’s videos is that, generally speaking, he’s pretty objective about things.  Like when he talks about no one actually knows what’s going on at Arena Net and no one can really legitimately tell them that they’re doing XYZ wrong is 100% spot on.  Just seems like a lot of people confuse having a positive outlook on things and being an apologist.

McGuffn
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McGuffn

Quincha dragonwhimsy It doesn’t change that’s what’s coming in April is what’s coming in April. If people are expecting dungeons, season 3, cantha, wvw, and the truth behind queen jennah’s missing shoes they’re going to be disappointed.

arktourosx
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arktourosx

MRW after they cancel legendaries but then release SAB:comment image

McGuffn
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McGuffn

Quincha In the same video he calls the legendary team incompetent with no proof at all. It is just a smear.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

Neato.  Too bad one event isn’t enough to renew my interest in GW2.

ColdinT
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ColdinT

Wait though. That announcement about yearly festival makes it sound like they have no plans for more worlds. I hope that’s something still intend to work on.

nahenway
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nahenway

I’m happy about this…. sure it’s just old content but at least it is content. To bad there’s no new world tho.

Nyres
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Nyres

dragonwhimsy Nyres Thank you for letting me know then I’m glad I was wrong in this case then.

Line with more hugs
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Line with more hugs

I hated Wold 2 because it was ridiculously hard; each level was too long and it ended up as a battle of endurance, now with shortcuts and many less instakill traps, I have no more problems with it. Good work on those changes.
Now, to apply the same directive to the rest of the game. When it doesn’t work, fix it.

dragonwhimsy
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dragonwhimsy

Quincha I think WP put waaaay too much emphasis on the April update. More than Mike O’brien did. The April patch was never stated to be some huge patch that was going to have a ton of content. It’s going to make some parts of HoT’s more accessible and less grindy. 

It won’t be till they get their LW Season 3 team and Fractal team cadence going that the content drought will end for non-raiders/non-PvP’ers. That is what Mike is talking about and that doesn’t start with the April update. The April update addresses some of the player’s concerns with HoT’s. That’s all it’s ever been stated to do.

dragonwhimsy
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dragonwhimsy

Nyres It’s not, there were data mined hints about this as early as December.

dragonwhimsy
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dragonwhimsy

Nyres Xephyr Quincha It could just be that his opinions on the game differ from yours and things you think are a big deal aren’t to him.

Nyres
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Nyres

Xephyr Nyres Quincha I don’t generally watch live streams so that might be where my misconception comes.  I also don’t always watch his videos but when I do he seemed to  lean more heavily on constantly giving Anet the benefit of the doubt even when he did bring up issues in the videos I had watched

dragonwhimsy
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dragonwhimsy

Siphaed dragonwhimsy You could be right, but until today people were begging for it to be brought back at all. So I just don’t see the point of harping that it wasn’t enough. Especially since it’s a side activity and they’re having  other content cadence problems.

This is about as much as could be reasonably expected for SAB without sacrificing something else that’s more important.

And I like Winter’s Day in DR, LA just isn’t  a city that seems very Wintersday like to me.

You’re right they don’t add anything much to the festivals but that’s because players complained the first year when ANet focused on festivals too much. Players demand things then forget what they demanded and wonder why things changed.

Even most of the things some people dislike about HoT’s is all stuff players originally asked for.

Xephyr
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Xephyr

MatthewRiddle Quincha It’s SUPER easy to get regular continue coins though, they cost like 10 baubles each. I have 2 stacks of continue coins currently.

Xephyr
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Xephyr

BalsBigBrother Xephyr Queen’s pavilion? heh

Xephyr
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Xephyr

Nyres Quincha have we been watching 2 different people? He’s usually pretty honest about his thoughts, he just tends to be more professional on his videos. But take his HoT review video for example, he clearly stated he was very disappointed with the story for example. 
If you’d watched his livestreams you’d know he complains about arenanet and gw2 all the time.

Nyres
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Nyres

Quincha I have to say I really enjoyed his video not for seeing people upset at Anet but to see Wooden Potatoes drop the whole apologist act for GW2, I’ve always been dumbstruck how he could remain so positive for Anet for about a year and a half and its refreshing to see that he can have opinion other than complete agreement and praise for GW2.

Siphaed
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Siphaed

BalsBigBrother Xephyr 
Zepharite’s rebuild the airships and Festival of the Four Winds returns.  Yep, they’ve got that card to play as well.  Very easily making an excuse that the crystals regathered magical energy after the death of Mordremoth.

MatthewRiddle
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MatthewRiddle

Quincha Honestly, this was my biggest issue with Adventure Box World 2. Those who paid money basically had easy mode because they never had to start over, while everyone else had like, what, 3 lives to make it through a much harder world?
Infinite lives should have been something available to everyone, not a cash shop item. It should have been a play mode.

Polyanna
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Polyanna

ANet can always be trusted to do the right thing, once all other possibilities have been exhausted.

BalsBigBrother
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BalsBigBrother

Xephyr well they have played that card now so I wonder what they will throw out the next time a lot of negativity is thrown in their direction as it seems to have of late

Siphaed
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Siphaed

Cyclone Jack 
If anything you can finally obtain new weapons (maybe?).

Siphaed
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Siphaed

dragonwhimsy Siphaed 
Nope, I have a feeling that they’ll become lazy with it like they did with Wintersday.  Originally a holiday meant to rotate capitals and be celebrated in different cities each year.   Then became Lion’s Arch exclusive.  And then after the destruction of LA it became Divinity’s Reach exclusive. Even following the complete rebuild of LA, they still went a lazy route with a copy-paste of Wintersday in DR that was most entirely the same as the previous year.

Nyres
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Nyres

Honestly I wouldn’t be surprised if this was a last minute thing thrown together after they started seeing the negative reception to the game as of late. I think also the fact they couldn’t be damned to even add World 3 even though they’ve been having such a huge content drought outside of their raid wings says something to how much of stop gap this was to try and shut people up after they annouced scrapping one of the selling points of HOT after the fact (legendary weapons)

I just really hope massively doesn’t forget to mention the legendary BS on their next podcast since they took a week off from doing a regular podcast this week and instead made a 2 hour long PR Podcast for Camalot Unchained.

Cyclone Jack
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Cyclone Jack

Nice.  Even though I have done everything in SAB, it might be worth reinstalling to go through Tribulation Mode again.  A bit bummed they haven’t added World 3 though.

dragonwhimsy
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dragonwhimsy

Siphaed It’s a yearly festival now. They may continue the story in future years. But the important thing was just fixing the bugs in worlds 1 and 2 and getting them out there again, as well as changing some of the things people didn’t like about world 2.

Siphaed
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Siphaed

lorenleah 
Except GW2 has been a platformer MMO for the longest times.  HoT solidified it more so with the gliders and “verticality!”.  There are many other non-platformer MMOs out there to enjoy, but oh so few ones that give these extra features.

Siphaed
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Siphaed

“we couldn’t justify the sacrifice to Guild Wars 2 to make more new worlds for SAB.”
Oh bollocks to that rubbish!    They’re basically leaving a huge cliffhanger to the story plot that broke the walls between Tyria and the SAB.  There was really something going on with Moto’s creations sabotaging other Krews’ projects and setting out for some sort of ‘revenge’ scheme. A touch of interesting personality spilled forth with the mysterious genie of the SAB.   And the little gnome goblins in the first part of World 3 at the end of the World 2 release were brilliantly entertaining.      This was truly an entire multi-chapter story arch outside of the Elder Dragons that they could have deployed that instead gave character depth to a Rata Sum resident.  But instead they said “No.”.   Oooo, I’m so angry!

Esoteric Coyote
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Esoteric Coyote

Quick placate the masses! Placate the masses!  Moar bread and circuses!

elixabethclaire
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elixabethclaire

Quincha you can use the ICC an infinite number of times. Each time you use it, it will grant you 99 lives (up from 10).

Greaterdivinity
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Greaterdivinity

Some good new for once, even if it’s just for April Fools.
Guess I have a reason to log into the game this week!

lorenleah
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lorenleah

Ah :(  That’s a disappointment, I was really looking forward to April Fools.  I suppose there probably won’t be a separate prank tomorrow.  Oh well…
Personally, love their April Fools events, hate SAB.  There’s a reason I play MMOs and not platformers.
However I am happy for those who’ve been waiting for so long and those who never got to experience it at all.

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