Guild Wars 2: Loot rumors, RNG grumblings, character boosters, and map spoilers

Guild Wars 2 Path of Fire detail rumors are swirling as info (and disinfo) is trickling back from the test environment. Here’s a few of the more interesting bits (we’re tucking spoilers behind spoiler tags, so don’t sweat it).

It appears that the shared inventory slot granted with Heart of Thorns will indeed stack with the shared slot granted by Path of Fire, which is a nice little bonus ANet didn’t hype, given how much those account-wide slots are worth. The character boost tokens also appear to stack with each other.

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An image floating around Discord has led players to suspect that gear drops in the expansion may arrive in our inventories as stackable, unidentified items rather than predetermined items that clog up inventory. This would be a giant step forward for the game’s drop and inventory system, at least if our commenters in today’s coincidental Daily Grind are any judge!

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Redditors have posted more maps of Elona, showing the five large promised zones in scale with Orr on the existing map and how it corresponds to the original Guild Wars Nightfall map. Is that the Desolation I spy with its sulfur fields?

There’s an eloquent piece on Reddit right now lambasting the game’s lockbox RNG and asking players to stand up on the issue as they have in the past, pointing out that as the monetization team has separated armor from outfits in the cash shop offerings, in-game armor has become scarcer, meaning it’s something everyone should care about.

“When ArenaNet kept bundling gliders and outfits with consumables players didn’t want for a 2k gem package, we spoke up and changed that practice. When ArenaNet sold HoT for the price of the core game despite having far less content than the core game, less skins and no character slot – we received a character slot and likely influenced the price of the subsequent expansion. It’s not enough to blame vulnerable members of the community with a gambling problem or an addiction to the game promoting unhealthy financial choices in regards to the gamble boxes – there will always be whales to buy whatever ArenaNet sells, and many of them are not wealthy but rather vulnerable people. Maybe you’re not convinced that whales of any kind deserve better treatment from the company they financially support, but can you at least agree it would be better if any future mount skins are available through a guarantee means of acquisition rather than a gamble box exclusive?”

It’s also worth echoing the reminder that Guild Wars 2’s anniversary is coming up last this month, and it’ll probably include cash-shop sales as it has in the past, so maybe don’t go blowing your expansion gem allotment just yet.

Here’s a gorgeous player-made cinematic showing off some of the prettiest places in Tyria.

And finally, if you somehow missed it, YouTuber WoodenPotatoes is running a positively massive contest, with legendary weapons as the prize. (Cheers, Kalamari!)

Don’t miss our recap of NCsoft’s financial report from this morning (it isn’t the best news for Guild Wars 2), and stay tuned for our regular Flameseeker Chronicles column tomorrow!

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Terren Bruce

Wow… I didn’t know the maps were going to be that big. They’re like two large zones from the vanilla game plus a little bit more if those maps are correct.

I’m super happy about the loot changes if they’re what we think they are. It would help inventory management so much. In fact it would pretty much put that issue to bed for good.

I love the idea behind WP’s contest. We’re very lucky to have him as part of our community given the love and passion for the game he has. I hope this contest helps raise Tyria’s profile among non-GW players a little.

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MeltWithYou

GW2 lock boxes are NOT a good ROI for your money, that is unless you think 30 minute xp buffs and ‘black lion ticket scraps’ for which you need 10 and are not guaranteed a good thing to throw your money at.

I only state the obvious because I love you

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crowstwo

Looking forward to the xpac!

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Arktouros

The point I see a lot of people missing down below with the criticism of the lockboxes is that when you look at the majority of new armor/weapon/cosmetics the game generates most of the ones sold directly or are available through events tend to mostly (not always) be Outfits while many of the individual armor skins tend to be now be put away into the Black Lion chests as an RNG reward.

This has been a long time criticism of the game in general but especially post HOT release. The devs responded that it’s far easier on them to generate Outfits than armor because armor has to be checked against all other armor/item combinations or risk them not looking right (and much of the original individual armor system has those issues).

For them to start to reintroduce individual skins in these Lockboxes (3/7 new chests since October 2016 has had unique weapon/armor skins) is an alarming trend to people.

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kalamari_

what are you talking about? there were 3 exclusive glider skins, 2 exclusive weapon skins and 2 head pieces in the BLC. nothing more.

every LS episode gets a dozen skins for armor pieces, backpacks and weapons. (+ the skins for fractals/pvp/wvw)

there simply is no “alarming trend”.

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What?
Outfits are cash shop only minus one, while armor pieces are all ingame minus one.

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Line

Please, convert all gear drops in the game… and I’d like exotic drops like this too, instead of “whelp I killed random mobs and opened loot bags so I can only have those crappy exotics in my inventory anyway”.

You could… actually sell them unidentified like a certain game from 2005.

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Annoyed badger

I stopped playing GW2 for one reason. The appallingly bad practice of RNG lootboxes that is worse than I’ve seen in any other game.

I just cant condone or support a company that goes that route.

If you want to sell me stuff, fine, I’m buying. But I want to buy what I want, not an RNG lootbox.

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Dug From The Earth

wow, ive got a few reasons why i stopped playing GW2, and lootboxes were not even close to one of them.

“is worse than I’ve seen in any other game.”

Makes me think you dont play many games… Just off the top of my head, here are a few that are SOOO much worse when it comes to lootboxes:

Neverwinter
Skyforge
Secret World Legends
Pretty much any Asian mmorpg.

GW2’s loot boxes are tame. They can be completely ignored without any loss to game play or game experience.

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Annoyed badger

ok, whats actually worse is subjective.

Lets just say I found it more invasive and annoying that in other games.

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Dug From The Earth

” whats actually worse is subjective.”

You are completely free to dislike them, for no reasons other than to just dislike them.

But if you are gonna claim “worse than I’ve seen in any other game”, then some details as to why they are the worst, should be supplied. These specific details, may be or may not be a subjective element.

For example. If you claimed one of the reasons GW2 lock boxes were the worst in any game, was due to their price, facts will show that the price of GW2 lock boxes is cheaper than quite a few other games out there. This is not a subjective detail.

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Bhima Jenkins

You can, unfortunately, add Fortnite on that list as well. That game is exploitative to the nth degree. Sad as hell, since the core gameplay is so good. You get extra points for putting Neverwinter on the top. I actually like Neverwinter, but its cash shop is ridiculous.

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Bryan Turner

If you did play GW2 (which I’m not so sure you have with a comment that far off the money) then you would know those Chests only hold a fraction of RNG only skins, all of Black Lion Weapon skins I’ve bought through the Black Lion Trade Post with gold, not through RNG let that be some one elses problem.

PS it’s been this way going all the way back to Fall 2013.

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TomTurtle

I never use my gems on Black Lion Keys for the lockboxes.

ArenaNet keeps edging in with RNG rewards with the lockboxes here and there, even including limiting items to be only acquired through the lockboxes and not having them sold on the trading post as an option. They’ve also increased the amount of tickets you need to get newer skins in comparison to how they’ve done it in the past.

These cash shop practices haven’t crossed the line far enough to affect my enjoyment of the game, but they do keep my guard up and subsequently my concern for the game.

The gear thing is uncertain, but it would be helpful if they made more and more drops like that to reduce inventory clutter. I’m looking forward to what other quality of life features come soon.

The expansion map leaks aren’t new, but nice to have a quick look back at if you wanted a refresher. It’d still be nice to know more about what form the content will take place in those maps to see if ArenaNet will change how they play out in comparison to what HoT gave us. I definitely do not want another Dragon’s Stand map where the meta was the map and almost nothing else, not to mention how time consuming that meta was, regardless of some of the enjoyable parts.

WoodenPotatoes is insane and possibly genius, depending on how well this contest works to change people’s perceptions of the game. I appreciate his effort because the game really does have a perception problem. It’s a bit sad that we aren’t seeing more from ArenaNet to address it.

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Bryan Turner

There are only a small handful of skins that are only available through RNG, I don’t could the Black Lion Weapon Skins since I can just buy those for gold.

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life_isnt_just_dank_memes

I am excited for GW2 for the first time since before HoT came out.

Their wardrobe and dye system is so well done compared with most games it’s a shame that they don’t release more armor that is earnable in game. Some of the karma sets were amazing for mixing and matching. One of the myriad systems arenanet said was a foundation for future things and then it didn’t have a future.

Karma armor sets gave you a reason to spend that karma. Now it’s just rng keys to open rng boxes to get lots of items to turn in for more rng things.

Maybe I’m not as excited to go back as I thought.

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Bhima Jenkins

Buy the skins with gold, or convert gold to gems and buy wardrobe gear, or just buy them directly with cash. Never touch an RNG loot box at all.

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