Guild Wars 2 addresses WvW updates, expansion leaks, and legendary armor

If you caught even the tiniest bit of the Guild Wars 2 Flashpoint AMA last night, you already heard the big news: Mike O’Brien confirmed that the expansion is coming after the end of season three, slotted right into the release cadence before the beginning of season four, though he warned players it will “will probably take longer than the 2~3 months we normally allocate between episodes.” Either way, the consensus seems to be fall.

But there was more to the AMA than just that huge announcement from last night! In fact, there were several notes for PvP and WvW players.

  • “We like Skirmishes and are looking to support this with rewards in the future. In general, for WvW, our priorities are rewards and ascended equipment.” ETA is “this year.”
  • “The WvW team releases their content when it is ready. We have a variety of things in work, some further along, some still early in development. The team wants nothing more than to deliver great content for WvW but making changes for the game mode is rarely trivial. The team wants to make sure that large system and content changes are given proper due diligence and are in a position to have the best possible impact for WvW players.”
  • “We are working on a solution to further support competitive modes within the game. We do like the idea of Guild Wars 1’s Automated Tournaments and are drawing inspiration from that. We’ll have more on this as we get closer to releasing any changes or additions.”

Other highlights:

  • Legendary weapons will continue to roll out, future expansions not required. “We have no plans to release another set of legendary armor in the future,” Paul Ella wrote. As for sigils? “We had originally intended that you should be able to change the sigils in the same way as runes for armor (so we had thought of it for everyone out there who thought we forgot),” he says. “However, when we started our economic impact analysis it became clear that we needed to do a deeper investigation to assess potential risks we had not previously foreseen. The investigation is currently ongoing.”
  • Work on the Mac client continues. There are no plans to switch away from DirectX 9.
  • There are no plans to “adjust the overall balance” on old raids.
  • Fixing Charr clipping issues isn’t in the cards. “No plans to make changes to the rune swapping mechanism for the armor” either.

Finally, while he didn’t address questions about what legal actions ArenaNet might pursue, Mike O’Brien did have this to say about the massive leak from yesterday, reminding people that opening Christmas presents early spoils some of the delight and asking players to be GW2 “evangelists”:

And yes, multiple players pointed out the problems inherent in expecting returning players to shell out large sums of money to play the living story, as well as trying to sell new players seeking longevity on a game whose immediate, let alone distant, future would be mostly a mystery but for leakers.

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kgptzac

that’s a lot of words describing wvw. redundant when he can just say ” it’s not ready”, lol

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Ryan Allgood

I can get why the developers would be upset by the leaks.

But I will say that I haven’t played or even really thought much about GW2 for quite a while, and these leaks got me to download the game again.

It’s a shame devs have to be so reticent about big stuff like this. Then we get some dev teams that are the exact opposite and vomit up all sorts of meaningless stuff that makes it hard to get a sense of anything real.

I know it’s us, as the players, that makes this difficult though. We latch onto any little morsel of information and run away wildly with it, immortalizing it as immutable fact when it may still just be a concept. I wish we could handle “tentative” concepts with the understanding that it may change.

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Manastu Utakata

Pink dome is pink! <3

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Sally Bowls

A shower thought: does GW2 do Greek letters? If the expansion is coming in the early fall, with an open beta preceded by a closed Beta and probably preceded by a closed, external alpha.

Does AN do external testing? If so, then shouldn’t we be hearing at least rumors real-soon-now?

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imayb1

The prevailing belief is that we’d be hearing more about the expansion with– or just after– the final ep. of this season’s story. They have been doing titles rather than Greek letters.

As miol_ said, they do invite some guilds to test stuff ahead of time. They did 2-3 player testing weekends prior to the first expansion (and used it as a carrot to preorder). They’re on quite a tight schedule if they plan to do it again, though.

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Line

Well, looking at the giant leaks that came out, yes, they do have internal testing with some other close people that happen to talk (and take screenshots) a bit too much.

The expansion is obviously pretty damn close at this point, UI elements are pretty much done, that’s a big giveaway.

miol
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miol

They invite certain guilds for testing under NDA. That’s why it was for some of them possible to make insider trading, but in the end they got busted.

miol
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miol

And yes, multiple players pointed out the problems inherent in expecting returning players to shell out large sums of money to play the living story…

This only affects players, who insist to play solo, as you can join anyone, who has the particular Living Story episodes! And if you liked them, you can still buy them later if you want to play them solo, at some future point of time. :)

There is a LFG bracket specifically for that too:

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Nathan Aldana

boy, that sounded suspiciously like a whole shitload of marketing and PR fluff.

miol
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miol

As this keeps being lost in translation, you can only repeat this in so many ways… :/

And “PR fluff” would actually mean staying vague about specifics, yet this here is very specific! ;P

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Sally Bowls

We shall just have to disagree. They have a poor implementation, and the defense is to say something technically true but not really viable/responsive. For me, this is the definition of marketing fluff. I can’t think of [m]any MMO places where forced grouping is overly successful in 2017. GW2 and in particular GW2 to see story seems like a particularly poor place for it.

I see this as far more marketing than a viable alternative.

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miol

Sure, all those MMOs having players only hanging around hubs and joining dungeons via LFG UI are soo totally rare these days, you have to squint really hard to find one…

How poorly, unviably and so uncommonly implemented to offer it one click away via LFG… /s

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Eliandal

They have been saying the same thing about WvW since year 1.5. It’s no longer enough – not going back.

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Dystopiq

They need to add some kind of multicore support. It’s 2017. C’mon ANet

Zander
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Zander

I’m no expert on core parking/functionality but when I Google “GW2 multicore” I get setup procedures, people saying it’s supported.

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kalamari_

some very good news in this AMA. we have all seen what good rewards can do for a game mode with the introduction of ascended gear in PvP, so to see ascended gear and skirmish rewards are coming next for wvw is a good thing.

the next xpac is a 100% buy for me, because HoT delivered great content, made the game overall better and I still have fun to play it after thousands of hours! I would say as a game, GW2 is in the best state since release!

and when the leaks are right I just cant wait! It will be awesome!

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Swifty

I stopped liking GW2 when HoT came out. I tried to play again recently, but I just don’t enjoy the content or the new maps. GW2 used to be a great game, but for me it got worse over time. I won’t be buying an more expansions…

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Bannex

Gw2 started as a great game and could still be a great game but the directors continually ignore it’s strengths to make it more like everything else on the market.

This game is in dire need of an xpac, HoT was just so hard to get into.

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life_isnt_just_dank_memes

sorry mike but im not goona hype your game to people when your own hype changed so much for HoT from when you announced it at PAX South to what was actually in the game at launch.

Heck, I can’t tell someone to go buy something based on what you say is in it to get excited about when a lot of the things you said was going to be in HoT ended up coming out over a year later or didnt happen or happened in a completely different way than you said they would when you announced the expansion at PAX South in January of 2015.

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draugris

It´s always funny when Mike O Brian, the guy who said in an interview that WvW is PvE talks about that game mode. He promised much in the past and done was very little. WvW is broken, from population balance, cancer builds that are all over the place to an absolutely borked glicko system so that they manually ! have to adjust points from time to time. It´s embarrassing…

And if i read things like ” In general, for WvW, our priorities are rewards and ascended equipment.” i have to laugh, Arenanet really does not have the slightest clue where the problems with WvW are. They don´t listen to players, they censor their forum in a way that players easily get infracted and their threads deleted if the voice criticism, it´s ridiculous.

I have zero confidence that Arenanet is able to bring that game mode forward, not because they could not do it, they are simply deaf dumb and blind to their community. And like the ESL which gave the E-Sports guys at Arenanet a harsh awakening, more people will leave WvW which makes me really sad,i played that exclusively for a very long time.

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Bryan Turner

I frequently got banned for daring to advocate for tiered raiding so that non meta classes/builds would get to experience end game and got blasted for the audacity to stand up for my self fighting acrimony with acrimony. I finally got permabanned
From the forums yesterday but I knew it was coming so I went out with some panache and linked the leak article from MassivelyOP telling them that was my way of thanking them for their treatment from the forum mods and that I was even credited with tipping them for the information.

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draugris

I feel you, got banned multiple time too. Arenanet is pretty much the only company i know of that punishes people for feedback if they don´t like it.

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Eliandal

Never managed to get banned for voicing my displeasure over the seeming abandonment of WvW! Of course, that could be because I…just…left? ;P

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Sebastian Kirlak

Iam so glad that the xpac will come this year.
GW2 is still my all time fav Mmorpg after nearly 5 years.

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