A new infographic distributed in honor of the launch of Path of Fire shows that Guild Wars 2 has collected “over 11 million players” in the last five years, along with 53 million characters, and almost a million guilds. Wheee!
Want more on the launch? Check our full roundup from this morning!
The power of Guild Wars 2’s
expansion Path of Fire
is so great, it brought Massively OP’s Bree, Tina, and MJ together! That’s right, all three are going to be exploring the expansion goodness that just launched today. And with this trio, there’s bound to be a few shenanigans, plenty of hijinks, and maybe even a little folderol, so join us live at 2:00 p.m. for the fun. MJ even made a new Norn ranger for the occasion.
What: Guild Wars 2
Who: MJ Guthrie, Bree Royce, and Tina Lauro Pollock
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, September 22nd, 2017
Update: It’s live now! Have fun!
Guild Wars 2
officially launches its second B2P expansion, Path of Fire
, today. In just two hours in fact. And if our polls
are any judge, quite a lot of our audience is hyped for the release!
We’ll be streaming the fun later today (with special guests if we can pull it off), but in the meantime, ArenaNet has a pre-show on Twitch beginning at 10 a.m. EDT this morning, leading up to the noon launch when we all go charging into the desert.
Personally, I’m aiming to finish chapter one and then head straight for drinks on the Lily of the Elon. Who’s with me?
We’ve also rounded up all of our Path of Fire coverage to date, including our columnist’s impressions of the preview weekend, our look at mounts, our deep-dive into the new elite specs, and our team’s thoughts on the expansion as a whole. Happy expansion day!
Hey, there’s a Guild Wars 2
expansion coming: Path of Fire
. Maybe you’re coming back for that. Maybe you left the game only a few months back, or maybe you played the game at launch and then left a long time ago. Why not take advantage of a huge chart
to catch up on all the features that have changed since the last time you logged in?
Redditor KyrgyzManas lays out everything that’s been added to the game along the way and everything you might have missed along the path, color coded and blocked by year. Some things, of course, you just can’t catch up on, but at least this way you’ll have some idea of what you missed and what you can still see in action. Even if you’ve played straight, there’s bound to be something you forgot and can re-appreciate given the format.
Meanwhile, if you last played Guild Wars 2 during the Path of Fire preview weekends, you’ll have some catching up to do too. That’s because ArenaNet posted notes for some balancing changes to all of the new specs right ahead of the launch tomorrow, sending Reddit into a bit of an uproar, particularly Necromancers.
Coming back to Guild Wars 2
this week due to the hullabaloo over Path of Fire
? You might end up with a nice content freebie if you act sooner rather than later. The Guild Wars 2
team sent out a reminder that this is the last week
for players to get One Path Ends for free.
Even if you’re not into the game right now, you might as well log in and grab the chapter for some possible future date. Otherwise, the episode will end up costing you 200 gems if you decide to purchase it later. (It should be noted that, as with all Season 3 episodes, this one requires the Heart of Thorns expansion to access.)
Curious about this episode while you’re patching up? Check out the trailer and the expert analysis of MOP’s Tina!
Many moons ago, when I was first hired on Massively-that-was, my fellow hire at the time was a lady by the name of Rubi Bayer. We hit it off pretty well and became friends. She was also very excited about a title that had yet to come out at the time, a game by the name of Guild Wars 2. For those of you coming to this story without knowledge of names, she’s now working for ArenaNet on that exact same game, along with two other former writers from our staff, all of whom are people I consider friends of mine.
So perhaps it’s a bit odd that I’ve not played Guild Wars 2 since well before Heart of Thorns launched. I have some history with the game, but it’s never been one of my main titles. And now that I’m heading back into it for its second major expansion, I think it’s a fine time to walk back through my experiences there, what I hope to find, and also ask a few reader questions along the way. Because that’s how polls work, after all.
On this week’s show, Justin and Bree saddle up for discussion on Wild West Online’s alpha, Star Citizen’s back-backlash on schedules, the miserable state of Phantasy Star Online 2, and more!
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I can’t quite believe that around 18 months of Guild Wars 2
development is about to drop in our laps this week through the Path of Fire
expansion! It feels entirely different to the mammoth Heart of Thorns
hype train that was somewhat marred by first expansion trepidation and the controversial pricing structure and content inclusions: On the second pass through an expansion release cycle, ArenaNet
has managed to field a largely more low-key, straightforward road to launch, barring some grievances regarding material storage
and gear identification
. The hype train is building this week, and I wanted to help the effort by sharing my launch countdown checklist with you all so you can join me in
The hype train is building this week, and I wanted to help the effort by sharing my launch countdown checklist with you all so you can join me in looking forward to the expansion drop. In this edition of Flameseeker Chronicles, I’ll speculate on main story points I hope to see in PoF, give pointers on prepping for Friday, and share some of the upcoming must-see ArenaNet launch materials. I’ll mainly just throw some ideas out that might help distract you while you wait on the big day. Do take note that those who wish to avoid all information about the expansion before Friday should give this column a miss for now in case of spoilers.
Material storage in Guild Wars 2
is a pretty important part of the game, especially if you have any interest in crafting. People who hold on to everything and/or craft a lot will not be happy with the announcement that some common materials will not be placed in material storage
when Path of Fire
The reasoning, according to ArenaNet, is that the studio saw players hoarding certain materials in Heart of Thorns that should have been common, but players were hoarding and selling small numbers at best, leading to some unbalanced costs on the trading post. The studio’s ostensible hope is that this change will encourage players to sell more and keep materials moving.
“With the arrival of Path of Fire, many new materials and components will be added to Material Storage,” says ArenaNet’s Gaile Gray. “But for a handful of items, we’ve specifically decided not to start with them in Material Storage, and instead to add them to the storage system later. Why? Well, at the launch of Heart of Thorns, we noticed a peculiar behavior: most players will deposit first when clearing their inventory, and then proceed to take actions like salvaging, opening chests, or, crucially, putting items on the Trading Post. This tended to mean that before a player will post an item on the Trading Post, they’ll wait to accrue a full stack in their Material Storage. During the early period of Heart of Thorns, this significantly contributed to the early expense of flax, which was abundantly available but, for the most part, was ‘warehoused’ in the banks of players.”
Guild Wars 2’s Path of Fire
launch is coming up fast on Friday of this very week
, which means today is launch trailer day. In case you somehow forgot,
“Packed with content, Path of Fire brings players back to the Crystal Desert where they will be brought face-to-face with Balthazar, the god of fire and war. The expansion also introduces mounts and elite specializations, allowing fans to play and explore in new ways like never before.”
Stay tuned for more coverage from Massively OP this week on the expansion, beginning with a look at inventory changes and our regular Guild Wars 2 column, Flameseeker Chronicles, later today!
Inventory management in MMORPGs is critical — I can’t even imagine playing something like World of Warcraft
or Elder Scrolls Online
without inventory mods installed. And yet mods shouldn’t be necessary; game inventory should work properly and well right out of the box.
Such is Neverwinter’s philosophy. In a new dev blog today, PWE explains its major overhaul for character inventories in the game. Of note, the inventory settings menu will allow players to sort the stuff in their bags by item type, sell everything marked as treasure, and identify all unindentified items – a move that seems to mirror Guild Wars 2’s Path of Fire additions. You can also filter items by property, something few MMOs offer by default, and convert items to refinement points in bulk, part of a larger (and contentious) move to rewrite the refinement system.
Irritatingly, the cash-shop option to buy a bag is the top button under settings, right next to the button on your inventory bar, meaning both can be visible at once, but ya can’t win ’em all. Feedback is currently still being collected on the official forums.
One more bridge. That’s what she kept telling me, even though I cautioned her that sooner or later our luck would run out. She would pause, then shake her head and urge us on. One more bridge.
That day, when we crossed a seemingly innocuous wooden bridge over RIFT’s gorgeous Scatherron Forest, our luck broke — as did six boards, sending us plummeting down into a gorge. As I fell, I wondered why I was taking orders from my talking mount anyway. Perhaps she knew that fall damage was a thing of the past and I could be pressured into recklessness.
After I pick myself back up and find another route onward, we’ll look at the rest of this week’s player-submitted screenshots and stories!
With the launch of Path of Fire
just a week away now, the Guild Wars 2
team has outlined its plans for the next seven days
. Aside from the launch itself, probably the most important day next week is Tuesday, when the studio will roll out the launch trailer, followed by Thursday, which will see a cavalcade of rebroadcasts of Path of Fire
stuff on Twitch in case you missed it all the first time and can’t be arsed to track them down.
The expansion areas will formally open at noon EDT on Friday, September 22nd, as planned, though the team will be streaming a “preshow” from 10 a.m. EDT onward promising “fun surprises.” Hope you took off work that day!
“Make sure to pack sunscreen, don’t approach choya without protective gear, and remember that sand eels bite when threatened,” ArenaNet says. We’ll be aiming to stream that weekend as well, death-counter in tow.