Guild Wars 2’s spring update launches April 19; watch the teaser trailer

We’ve just received an interesting little sneak peek at a teaser trailer for the upcoming Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns Spring Quarterly update that’s now been confirmed for April 19th. The video below is an action-packed 30-second glimpse at what’s to come,  so I’d recommend giving it more than a few watches to unpack all the little easter eggs in there that I’ve undoubtedly missed. While it’s not particularly spoilerific because of its sneaky, teasing nature, I’d recommend giving it a miss if you are really worried about spoilers.

It goes by rather quickly, so I most definitely recommend getting familiar with the pause button at around the 0:14-0:16 mark. A chained up giant behemoth encased in scaffolding, beautiful gliding apparatus that I want to wear IRL, and super-cool bow shots aside, there’s a distinctly Tarir feel to the video, which isn’t particularly surprising considering where we’ve been left off in the story. Delightfully hideous monstrosities also feature heavily in those final few seconds, promising plenty of action to come in the update.

If you’ve been out of the loop for a while, know that this update is billed to be largely corrective and ArenaNet’s hope is that it’ll appeal to current, lapsed, and new players due to its holistic approach to improving the expansion and game at large. Most areas of the game will be touched by the update, including highly anticipated improvements to WvW and the last legendary weapon drop we’ll have for a considerable while. As the first major update under Mike O’Brien’s direction, it’ll be very interesting to see whether the Spring Quarterly update hits the mark with both old and new fans.

The teaser trailer will be shared on ArenaNet’s official Facebook, Twitter and YouTube later today, so stay tuned for more word on what’s in store for us come update launch. In the meantime, check out the mini gallery of stills below and enjoy picking through them to tease out more information.

Source: ArenaNet press release
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Besath
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Besath

“The video below is an action-packed 30-second glimpse at what’s to come…”. Not much action in the video and there’s like 10 seconds of in-game footage.

Wandris
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Wandris

McGuffn Wandris Rogbarz Well there you go. As far as I know things were not that great even on the T1 servers population-wise, and HoT was more of a killing blow when it took the irregulars out of play leaving only the diehards even fewer in number. What WvW probably needs is a better way to keep the maps filled.

Xephyr
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Xephyr

benrobdob Quincha It’s not new, it’s the megadestroyer in mount maelstrom.

BritoBruno
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BritoBruno

Dystopiq Xephyr As of always, they’ll take a shitload of time before appearing.

BritoBruno
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BritoBruno

What the hell was that. A teaser showing glowing crap to entice people? My god.

benrobdob
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benrobdob

Quincha Possibly, the destroyer on the left is new but the one in the middle is hinting a new legendary bow, and the one on the right is a mordrem mount.

nahenway
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nahenway

YAY content from 2012. Can’t wait to repeat that content <3

thegirlwiththehair
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thegirlwiththehair

BWAAAAAAAAAA!

Telos_
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Telos_

Teaser or not, that was a bad way to get anyone excited to come back.  I haven’t played GW2 since HoT launched and this doesn’t make me want to update the game.  It was meh.

dragonwhimsy
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dragonwhimsy

This really isn’t a great teaser. Unless you follow GW2 VERY closely you won’t even realize what it’s hinting at. And if you DO follow GW2 closely this revealed nothing new at all.

I don’t understand why they’re not releasing a blog post. I understand wanting to surprise us with raid patches or a living world update but the quarterly updates are about quality of life and polish, the things that will effect us every day. We should already know in great detail what this patch will bring and have given feedback on it.

dragonwhimsy
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dragonwhimsy

Siphaed Quincha Nate Woodard It’s a hint at upcoming Fractal changes.

paragonlostinspace
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breetoplay Greaterdivinity Heh! “A blinker” Sums it up.

Nate Woodard
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Nate Woodard

Video, trailer. They’re all kind of the same thing. However, I’m not going to argue semantics. The point I was trying to make is that it doesn’t excite me in the least. It’s not the predecessor to the game that I spent the better part of my time in from 2005 to the launch of GW2.
If you like it, great! I hope you get what you were wanting.

RiccardoTavano
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RiccardoTavano

Superbrak Sylzer RiccardoTavano I see. That said it’s no big surprise, whatever they do…they always get bashed  xD

Xephyr
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Xephyr

Dystopiq Xephyr By the time they’re live I wonder if there will be any WvW players left.

Xephyr
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Xephyr

Quincha Xephyr Yeah but there’s more than that, the Legendary Archdiviner boss looks completely different in the trailer compared to what he used to look like.

Xephyr
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Xephyr

Siphaed Quincha Nate Woodard  ”The fractal with the giant celestial being has been in there since November 2012 and was made part of the video in the Fractals update in November 2013 during the Living Story.  However, it wasn’t changed and has been the same old thing they’ve shown in this teaser. What gives?”
Actually the Legendary Archdiviner (the boss in that fractal) did change.
Pic 1 is what he used to look like
pic 2 & 3 is what he looks like in the new trailer

Siphaed
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Siphaed

Quincha Nate Woodard 
Although I agree with the overall lack of excitement in the video, I’ll have to side with Qunicha that it is not a trailer.  The video is clearly labeled “teaser”.
The fractal with the giant celestial being has been in there since November 2012 and was made part of the video in the Fractals update in November 2013 during the Living Story.  However, it wasn’t changed and has been the same old thing they’ve shown in this teaser. What gives?

This game has gone from super exiting releases month after month that had me wanting to spend $$ on their cash shop (even though not obligatory) in an amount relatively close to or exceeding the $15 sub that other games required.  To it now being so sparse with [NEW] content updates, story progression [outside of genre-generic raids], and a general sense of the game being alive that I barely login with a month’s time.  

I absolutely love GW2 as a core game and as it progressed circa 2012 through mid-2014.  Say what you will about Scarlet Briar being a “cliche”, but she added something very important to the game. There was a sense of excitement in the air with “what crazy army will she send against Tyria next?”  Oh and it wasn’t just her as there was even the South Sun Shore breakup from SB’s story to interject something different (but ended up being relative to the previous chapters as well as future chapters related to the Krait part in the Tower of Nightmares).  The Living Story went completely down hill in Season 2 while completely losing its epic feel to become a more map-circling faction collection grind. Top that with the nearly 1 year content gap spanning between its end and Heart of Thorns beginning, coupled with them stating that Season 3 is not coming until JULY 2016.  So chalk that up as another 8-month gab between sections.  

I’m not hating on the game or A.Net.  Instead it is an injection of frustration and sadness for where the game has gone in spite of where it has come from.   And the game does seem to spite its up coming, changing most aspects of what it didn’t want to become from the genre, to becoming just exactly that.  Raids, reputation grinds, huge collection grinds.  It’s all so genre generic now.

breetoplay
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breetoplay

Greaterdivinity GD, you are not alone. I was baffled myself and kicked it to Tina’s expertise. She did her best, but even still, it’s a blinker.

MatthewRiddle
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MatthewRiddle

Can’t wait till Tuesday. *crosses fingers*

Superbrak
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Superbrak

McGuffn I’m so sad I’ll never get to hear the Marionette battle music in context ever again :(

McGuffn
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McGuffn

Wandris Rogbarz WVW fell apart about 6-8 months before hot, at least on my server.

McGuffn
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McGuffn

bryanjturner Ouch that is bad.

McGuffn
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McGuffn

Xephyr Line with more hugs miniszlan The music during the final battle with scarlett was especially good. It was a complete change in direction and fit the fight so well.

Nate Woodard
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Nate Woodard

That trailer looks pretty fluffy to me. It’s like I’ve lost a game to play. It’s pretty sad really.

TomTurtle
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Xephyr I love them all. Soule’s work tugs at my nostalgic heartstrings. His music is so damn beautiful.
Maclaine and Lena won me over heavily with Heart of Thorns’ soundtrack. They’d already done good music beforehand, but this expansion’s music raised the bar from their previous work.

Dystopiq
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Dystopiq

Xephyr WvW changes won’t be ready for a good while. We’ll be testing them for a good bit before they’re permanent and announced officially

Dystopiq
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Dystopiq

Esoteric Coyote There isn’t a real list. See my Comment above.

Dystopiq
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Dystopiq

Be aware the video is a teaser and they will not do blogs going over whats getting added in the patch. There’s a lot more that you’re not going to see until the patch lands and you play for those of you “concerned” over the lack of content shown.

“As we prep for release, you’ll notice that we’re not doing the series of advance blog posts that we had done for some prior releases. Hopefully that’s not too surprising; I’ve written a few times since taking this role that I think our job is to delight you with what we ship, not with talk and promises.”

https://forum-en.guildwars2.com/forum/game/gw2/Upcoming-changes-in-Spring-Quarterly-Update/page/7#post6095601

Sylzer
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Xephyr Maybe because it will be live beta tests of WvW changes.

Xephyr
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Xephyr

Esoteric Coyote anatheod Best of all it costs like 10 copper.

Xephyr
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Xephyr

Line with more hugs miniszlan Soule definitely knows how to make epic music, but I always thought it felt a bit souleless (teheee) I’m not sure whether I’m listening to the skyrim sountrack, the oblivion soundtrack, the guild wars soundtrack, or something else. It all sounds the same. I think Maclaine and Lena do a much better job of actually making the music fit within the game.

Xephyr
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Xephyr

There’s a distinct lack of WvW stuff in this video.. 
I hope the fractal changes are good, I want a reason to log on again.

Wandris
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Wandris

Rogbarz Listening to who exactly? I think it is a mistake for a company to listen to much, because when it comes down to it it is usually the people not playing or unhappy who speak up not the many thousands who are actally playing and enjoying the game for what it is. In the end Anet should keep doing what they think is best and following their vision. Sure take feedback into account, but don’t change the good things for the vocal minority. Biggest problem with WvW to me is that there simply isn’t enough people playing it. This has been blamed on the map but I am not sure how much you can really point the finger at that being the cause. The expansion pulled many players away and as a result the population collapsed. Perhaps bringing back alpine BL will bring people back but I have my doubts if it will work or even last if it does. Until they find a way to improve population numbers long term it will probably be a problem.

Superbrak
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Sylzer RiccardoTavano Seriously, Anet has gotten so skittish of the community they wont even discuss details of content they know FOR SURE is coming with the update…

https://forum-en.guildwars2.com/forum/game/gw2/Upcoming-changes-in-Spring-Quarterly-Update/page/7

TomTurtle
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Greaterdivinity No, even having completed the story it’s still just a generic, somewhat baffling trailer. Most of what is shown is content already in game but with some changes. The focus on this patch has been on tweaking the game, not so much new content. It’s probably why the trailer is so bad since it’s difficult to highlight such changes.

Kenny_
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Kenny_

Greaterdivinity I thought the exact same thing. Curious to know if it really is just a teaser for people who have already been playing and not really for anyone else….which is a little on the risky side for a ‘teaser’. I’ve always felt a teaser should pique your interest whether you’re a fan or not.

Sylzer
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Sylzer

RiccardoTavano Sylzer Like i said, no blog post. Go look at their official website.

Greaterdivinity
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Greaterdivinity

Welp, last chance for me to try to get into the expansion, probably. Hoping it’s good.

TomTurtle
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TomTurtle

marinredwolf No new story content yet. It’s supposed to come after the third raid wing is released.

marinredwolf
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marinredwolf

Is there new story content (ie. am I going to actually have to go back and try that final HoT story mission again after failing hard solo back in the first week or two)?

Tongle
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Tongle

miniszlan Better then worldstarhiphop air horns *BYRR BYRR BYYYRRRR*!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Line with more hugs
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Line with more hugs

miniszlan
Jeremy Soule was left off quite a while ago, during the living story.
And frankly, Maclaine Diemer and Lena Chappelle did a much better work since then. 
Of course, the teaser is just more Inception, like it has been for years…

Kenny_
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Kenny_

miniszlan **WAAAUUUUMMMPPPP** Unfortunately, when trailers do this **WAAAUUUUMMMPPPP** all it does is devalue the trailer **WAAAUUUUMMMPPPP** because it tells me that the content wasn’t strong enough **WAAAUUUUMMMPPPP** that it needed “attention grabbing” **WAAAUUUUMMMPPPP** fog-horns.

TomTurtle
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tobascodagama I saw the megadestroyer from Mount Maelstrom so I have to wonder if they’re sneaking in a boss revamp with the patch. That or it just looked epic to include for the trailer for some reason.

miniszlan
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miniszlan

What happened to the epic Jeremy Soule orchestral music ? What’s this trend with the *WOAAAAMMBHHH* sounds, trying to be the next Inception trailer ? I’ve seen this with so many recent MMO teasers/trailers and quite frankly it’s off putting to me. Not cool or trendy at all, FFS.

tobascodagama
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tobascodagama

Rogbarz “to the point I miss Lotro PvP”

You know things are getting bad when…

tobascodagama
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tobascodagama

I guess the actiony parts of this are the final raid wing? So, I still don’t care.

TomTurtle
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TomTurtle

Well that was shit. :P That’s okay though, at least the 19th is confirmed now. I want to jump back in on the HoT maps when this update arrives and see the changes for myself. I really hope they put in more effort than simply distributing the rewards across the meta in comparison to now where you get a big chunk at the end. I’m looking for mechanical changes, such as reduced hero challenge difficulty and easier tier 4 Verdant Brink. I’m all for more casual open world gameplay in HoT, and I don’t give a rat’s ass to those who’ll complain about it not being as hardcore and that “the challenge was fine!”.

The legendary shortbow looks alright. I’m sure it’s better in action with its effects and all. I have no interest in getting it whatsoever, but hopefully it’ll please those who are crazy about shortbows.

Superbrak
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Superbrak

I know there’s nothing coming in the Spring patch that you can really promote/hype up in a 30 second teaser. “Absurd Scribe cost reduction, HoT map grind reduction and WvW eff up removal” aren’t going to really sell folks on the expansion no matter the spin. But really, Anet should know that too.

I found the teaser woefully underwhelming. That marketing money would have been better spent on that e-sport push they’re on right now.

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