Guild Wars 1 programmer answers fan questions, affirms the game’s continued existence
Do you have any burning questions about Guild Wars? No, not Guild Wars 2 — the original, the one that has long fallen out of the public eye? ArenaNet Studio Tech Director Stephen Clarke-Willson, who goes by SCW on the forums, posted an open AMA on Reddit for those still curious about the old game.
And before you ask, no, the studio isn’t going to be making any content changes to this maintenance mode title. “It’s hard work just to get the art tools up and running, so making content changes are pretty unlikely,” he told one player. There are also no plans for an HD version.
He does go into a lot of the details of the server structure, the creation of the technology behind the game, and how ArenaNet streamlined the title to make it accessible and low cost.
Even though Guild Wars is merely existing at this point, it sounds as though it will be doing so for a while to come: “There is no plan to shut down the servers. Quite the contrary. We just put a lot of effort into making sure the game can run for a long time at very reasonable cost. I was about to say it would be hard to make the game ‘offline compatible’ but then I thought of a way to do it. That shouldn’t be necessary though because the game is so efficient to run.”