Guild Wars 2 announces Flashpoint living story episode, price drop for Heart of Thorns

Super Adventure Box departed Guild Wars 2 last week, so you had to expect we were on the brink of seeing another episode of the living story. Indeed, ArenaNet has just announced that very episode: It’s called Flashpoint, it’s apparently the next-to-last episode of season three, and it’s launching in just one week on May 2nd.

“Flashpoint finds the forces of good fighting a battle on two fronts. The fight against the now more powerful Elder Dragons seemingly has turned in their favor with news that Taimi’s research has resulted in a machine that can stop them with a single decisive blow. Meanwhile, the powerful mursaat Lazarus – who returned mysteriously purporting to be an ally – has been revealed to be an imposter. Marjory Delaqua attached herself to him to investigate and is now headed back to Rata Novus without discovering much about the truth of his identity. Both paths converge as Lazarus is on his way for a confrontation; in Flashpoint, players will uncover shocking secrets and come face-to-face with a threat unlike any they’ve seen before.”

ArenaNet is also permanently dropping the price of Heart of Thorns by 20 bucks, meaning that the cheapest buy-in for the game’s first expansion is now $29.99. (Maybe it’s another hint that the under-construction expansion isn’t that far away, eh?)

As always, even if you’re not currently active in Guild Wars 2, and even if you don’t own Heart of Thorns, you should still log into the game and “bank” the episode once it’s live, that way you’ll have it ready to go the next time you’re playing for real.

The teaser trailer is below!

Source: Press release, official site
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Sally Bowls

My casual assumption was that the next expansion would be announced in May, ship in Sept and that HoT would be included/free. Unsurprisingly, this is probably wrong. In my scenario, I would have expected HoT to be cheaper by now.

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James Crow

you right about the expansion but one thing is for sure.
the new expansion not going to come with HoT for free.
you thinking it because of the last time they do it with the base game but you need to know they not going to give every product for free and the f2p launch wasn’t free success.

now that what going to happens.
in gw1 every expansion was stand-alone game.

that why in gw2, every expansion going to be:
Expansion + Base Game (without restriction) and option for boost or start over with max lv character on the new zone.

ANET not stupid. there a reason why company not giving old expansion for free every time new one came up.

the only thing that can be is something like buy the new one and the first one for half price (limit time offer)

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KhaidaG .

Actually it’s been publicly known for almost 2 years that the next expansion is going to come with HoT bundled in for free.
“In the future, if we release further Guild Wars 2 expansions, we plan to offer all of the prior expansions, the core game, and the latest expansion for one single purchase price.”
Source: https://www.guildwars2.com/en/news/pre-purchase-community-address/

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James Crow

i remember that, I just not believe to ANet :D
they change there mind before… and not one time

also – all previews expansion for free but if new player want to do LS they miss they need to pay for it.. sound funny to me

miol
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miol

You should call yourself salty bowls! ;P

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Anastasis Kontostergios

Time to start asking the big questions, what do we feed the new cat?

Xephyr
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Xephyr

Looking more and more like a Q4 2017 expansion release date :)

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Carlo Rossi

Lazarus is Scruffy 2.0, the new Taimi golem!

7BitBrian
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7BitBrian

Slightly sooner than I was expecting. Excited to see how this shakes out and who Lazarus really is, there have been a lot of theories floating around for a while now.

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TomTurtle

Big cheer for Kasmeer’s return!

Boo for Councillor Phlunt!

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Line

I wonder where the new map is. Looks green.
Hope that they’ll find a better daily system than what they have in place, the hearts and their meager rewards would not be much fun, if expanded to the next expansion.

miol
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miol

By this nonstop overuse in all kinds of media, “flashpoint” really has lost any meaning to me by now! :/

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Search&limit=500&offset=0&profile=default&search=Flashpoint

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Swifty

Recently came back to GW2, (nothing else to play right now). Working through season 2 at the moment.

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SeedEve

Damn you Barry Allen :)

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Matthäus Wey

I can’t wait even though i hope this update brings some real reasons to play the new map. It would also be great if the updates provides content for more than a few single hours. I hope the story gets more clear – whole s3 is a single clusterfuck story wise

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TomTurtle

I expect this update to have about the same amount of replayability as the others from this season, though maybe a bit more since ArenaNet is taking a while longer to put it out.
I don’t see anything to indicate that design of content delivery to change much for this season. I’d guess they want to keep the impact of these new maps low so as to really pack in the fun for the expansion’s content.

miol
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miol

Single hours? A whole new map + story, single hours? Sure…

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Matthäus Wey

Yep, that’s how it is at least for me and I know I’m not alone. Story is done pretty quick even if you’re slow. The new Maps don’t provide much after completion and it’s not like they are huge. Sure you could do all the achivements and that’s gonna take a while but I’m usually done with an update in 1-2 days.

miol
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miol

Dismissing good chunks of content (only doing points of interests for map completion?), but saying “It would also be great if the updates provides content for more than a few single hours.” just shows a great disparity of perception!

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Matthäus Wey

If not doing every achievements is “a good chunk of content” I don’t know either. And no I did not just do PoV things :)

miol
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miol

The new Maps don’t provide much after completion

Sounds like poi map completion to me, since it’s the only kind map completion in GW2! ;P

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Matthew Riddle

1-2 days =/= a few single hours

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Matthäus Wey

Yes and no. I did most of the stuff within 6 hours without pushing anything at all. About 2 hours on the first day and 4 on the second.

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Tobasco da Gama

Calling it now: Lazarus is actually Steve. Because there weren’t enough Elder Dragons in this story yet.

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TomTurtle

I see purple crystalline bits around him so I’m guessing it has to do with Kralkatorrik.

Edit: That or Mesmer magic I suppose.

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Bryan Turner

I think he’s Mordremoth on the down low, sort of like how Crucia lived on in Rift in another host.

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Tobasco da Gama

I thought of that as well. But Lazarus’ name has an “s” in it, so it can’t be anybody but Steve.

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Bryan Turner

Lazurus was a being long before GW2, unless you’re implying that the Mursaat are all minions of Steve.

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James Crow

the good old GW1 times.
he was a liar before and also now, nothing really change.

now.. give me the ghosts of shrio,prince rurik and the return of the seer and lich king.

also i don’t mind for better gear progress and loadouts.

too much to ask? XD

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Tobasco da Gama

The S doesn’t lie.

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kvlt_vonnegut

Now we’re talkin’!

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Tobasco da Gama

Also, we’ll find out that Steve’s real name is “Surazal”.

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Greaterdivinity

Neat, finally got passed episode 3 and am slowly working my way through episode 4. Kinda getting back into the game a bit again, so this is convenient timing. Story is still pretty “meh”, but I continue to be a fan of all the zones they’ve added since HoT launch. Hope they never return to the HoT launch zone design, ever.

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TomTurtle

I like how the new maps have been a better balance between HoT and core maps. You can still jump in at any time to get stuff done but also have the possibility to participate in meta events instead of the meta events driving the whole map.

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Bryan Turner

Hmm I wonder if they’ll expand on Ember Bay and Bitter Frost to make those maps bigger, either that or they’ll release two maps now and then change them in the next episode for a grand finale?

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TomTurtle

The clips in this look more of a lush, jungle area. My guess is that it’s the space in between Tangled Depths and Metrica Province if Lazarus and his forces are really going to assault Rata Novus.

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imayb1

The Ring of Fire area certainly seems ready for more exploration and since the fire dragon isn’t in Ember Bay, but in the Fire Islands somewhere… it seems a likely match.

Since the expansion will be

just in case spoiler
in the Crystal Desert,
I’m not sure how much they’ll set up some foreshadowing for new regions. Before HoT, story brought us right up to the expansion doorway. I wonder if they’ll follow similar steps for the last bit of this season’s story?

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