Guild Wars 2’s fourth living story season has officially landed

Guild Wars 2’s first living story episode since the apparently tepid launch of Path of Fire has officially launched this afternoon. Dubbed Daybreak, a name sure to raise MMORPG player eyebrows and confuse our tagger, the episode kicks off the game’s fourth season of free content, including a new fractal called Twilight Oasis and raid called Hall of Chains – and a key category in the wallet! Woot!

“After the Brandstorm engulfs the free city of Amnoon, the Commander receives a mysterious vision, revealing that an encounter in ancient Elonian ruins might determine the fate of Tyria. The Commander embarks on a search for a secretive order of warriors who guard the way into that ancient city, just as the consequences of past choices come home to roost. In addition to Guild Wars 2’s signature storytelling, Episode 1 delivers further delights:

  • New Legendary Focus: A relic shrouded in mystery.
  • New Fractal – Twilight Oasis: Journey to the past and witness events that shaped Elona.
  • New Raid – Hall of Chains: An influx of murderous undead relentlessly hunt innocent worshipers of Grenth. Infiltrate the Underworld and join the struggle for control over the fates of the living and the dead.
  • A notable and much-asked-for quality of life improvement: A new keys category has been added to the account wallet, which contains a currency version of several existing items which are used to unlock caches of treasure. These items can be consumed to convert them into the new currencies.”

Do remember that any account can unlock the episode for free (until the second episode arrives), but you will need to own Path of Fire to actually play it. We’ll have our detailed hands-on with the episode just as soon as our columnist Tina zips through it! Stuck at work a while longer? Check out our final recap on the POF storyline as it leads into this one and then the trailer, which is the same one from last week.

Source: Press release, patch notes
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Mr_Planthead

gah, I still have yet to unlock the griffon mount. Who knows when I’ll get to this, I started working towards a legendary rifle so I got sidetracked with that

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Terren Bruce

This looks like a really good patch with a lot of content. Thanks for listing it all out like that. I’m not sure if that’s the press release ANet put out or if you guys decided to list it out on your own but I’m glad to see it either way. ANet for some reason has had problems making it clear what Living World patches contain beyond just new story.

I’d suggest adding “new zone” as well, because not everyone just assumes a new open world zone if they don’t follow the game closely.

I love how the new Fractal Dungeon is actually taking advantage of the Mists setting to show an important part of Tyria’s past for once and it’s clear where that fits into everything. And the following up on the Underworld tidbits in PoF in the raid is a clever way of making the raid story relevant without tying key story details there.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a bunch of keys to get out of my inventory and into my wallet, and then new content to check out! Plus, I gotta find my dragon out there somewhere.

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Rumm

Finally some new group content – that was sorely missing with the PoF launch. I beat the story in the first week and haven’t had a reason to play since. You can only do Champion farming so many times. The game was missing one of the Ms in MMO. This gives me a reason to play again.

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miol

Poor Grenth, most raiders won’t appreciate your lore!

Such a waste! Pearls before swine!

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Chillos Smith Jr.

Keys wallet! :D

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Bryan Turner

What about a map, I play a Reaper so all that content is out of reach for people like me?

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Line

Yes, there is a new map.

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Arktouros

Guess I’ll log in and get my paid expansion content update.

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TomTurtle

Key storage, yaaasss! That’s freed up several slots in my inventory and bank combined. Love it!

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miol

Just happens to be added unannounced right after their storage expansion sale! XD

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BalsBigBrother

Well I will be sure to at least bank it away for a future play at some point. Too many other things vying for my time to jump in right away.

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