Guild Wars 2’s expansion is slated for not long after the end of season 3, likely this fall

During today’s Guild Wars 2 Flashpoint AMA, Mike O’Brien confirmed that the long-teased expansion (yeah, the one that leaked out of every possible culvert this morning) is indeed on the way following the end of season three.

“We announced that today’s episode, Flashpoint, is the second-to-last episode of the season,” he wrote. “Yes, that means what you think it means: there’s one more episode after this, and then straight to the expansion pack.”

And how soon will that be?

“[T]his time around we have two separate fully-staffed teams that are both hitting on all cylinders. So our rough plan is to slot the expansion pack into the release cadence as if it were an episode: episode 5, then episode 6, then the expansion pack, then episode 1. But we’ll make some allowance for the fact that shipping an expansion pack is a big deal logistically and will probably take longer than the 2~3 months we normally allocate between episodes.”

That’s pretty soon — somewhere in the early fall range by our count.

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Moirraine Campbell

The storyline in GW2 has now been heinously wrecked. ask any GW1 OR GW2 fan who is really into the story and know it’s taking wrong turn after wrong turn.

The inconsistencies in this new chapter alone are going to destroy any faith in the storytelling from here on.

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Moirraine Campbell

The game is being abused from within.

The TOS agreement denies the right to get past any of the GMs who lie to customers and refuse to acknowledge massive network ignorance.

Not a single traceroute to GW2 servers can complete.

NOT ONE.

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Dystopiq

Expect an E3 or Gamescom unveiling

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Bruno Brito

That’s a pretty baws Asura.

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life_isnt_just_dank_memes

End of November is my guess. I say they go 3 months to episode 6 from right now and he said that the x-pac will probably take longer than the 2-3 months which would put it at the end of Novemeber or December.

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Sally Bowls

We have a reasonable chance for more info in a couple of weeks. During the conference call, one of the Korean executives could reference it, in terms of plans or in response to a question. There is a huge difference between revenue realized on Sept 30 vs Oct 1. Even if western PC games are not as strategic to NCSoft as they once were, a GW2 expansion should be at least an incremental 10% of NCSoft’s revenue so the analysts have to be modeling whether it happens in CY Q3 or Q4. Certainly on the Aug call and probably May, I would expect some sort of guidance.

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TomTurtle

On track with many players’ expectations. I’m just glad the content droughts that happened with HoT do not appear to be happening again.

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Tobasco da Gama

I haven’t really been thrilled with this Living World season, but hopefully ANet can deliver something good with the expansion. I hope they learned the right lessons from HoT, but my experience with the LW so far says they didn’t.

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dassenlaw

I hope they learned the right lessons from HoT, but my experience with the LW so far says they didn’t.

Care to elaborate?

A lot of players (and I) have the feeling that Anet finally hit their stride. Releasing maps and story on a pretty tight schedule, being extremely transparant about what they are working on and the distribution of their team. And the consistent release of PvP and PvE content (sorry WvW :( )

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Tobasco da Gama

“So, we just killed a dragon, what next?”

“TWO DRAGONS.”

It’s just… boring oneupsmanship rather than good storytelling.

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Line

You’ll be happy to know that’s not what’s going on in the last story episodes, then.

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arenasb

Not everyone will be pleased I suppose. But a lot more people are happier with the way things have progressed with the LW after HoT than those that aren’t.

Zander
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Zander

Great news for the PvE and Raid folks. WvW is all but dead at this point it appears and Kessex Hills has gone 1103 days without clean drinking water. Just saying.

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Greaterdivinity

Haven’t looked at the leaks much, but hope to hell the next expansion has a MUCH stronger start than HoT. Anet shouldn’t have stumbled the way they did with HoT, especially given the relatively little content initially available in it, and I honestly don’t think they can really survive another controversial expansion like that without seeing some pretty deep cuts this time around.

Still hoping for good news with the expansion, but I’m definitely not terribly optimistic right now.

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Line

That was pretty much expected, six episodes and then expansion. Hope they’ll manage to get it out before christmas.

And with those leaks… gotta admit, it’s pretty exciting.
Especially if it’s as good as the new map which is just phenomenal.
Get better rewards than minipets though. They’re boring.

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Matthäus Wey

The Light on the new map just seems horrible… idk. Otherwise they made a pretty good map out of old assets. However the update maps still lack a ton of detail.

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