Guild Wars 2’s Lion’s Arch reconstruction has begun

    
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Guild Wars 2’s Lion’s Arch reconstruction has begun, declare patch notes and a new dev post released today by ArenaNet’s Gaile Gray. The patch notes, which also include a number of PvP and PvE tweaks, begin with this in-character announcement from Captain Kiel:

Attention, citizens of Lion’s Arch

The rebuilding effort has begun! Please tread carefully around the construction zones, and try to respect the workers as they transform our beloved port into something new. Planning has taken much time, as the architects have had to work through many engineering and architectural challenges before agreeing on the final design of the city. Thank you for your patience and resilience during this difficult time. Together we’ll make the new Lion’s Arch a metropolis for the ages.

—Ellen Kiel

The original city was wrecked by everyone’s no one’s favorite villain Scarlet Briar during the first season of the living story. In her dev post, Gray explains that New LA has learned its lessons well and will be more heavily fortified yet still super pretty and convenient for players who want to gather there. Those of you who’ve been unhappy with ArenaNet’s name choices for the new class specs might want to take note of a player poll that will determine the names of the new city’s districts.

“While we don’t have a date for the final unveiling, we can say that—due to the advantages of off-site construction—one morning in the next few months you’ll awake to a newly refreshed Lion’s Arch,” Gray teases.

We’ve included the impossibly dreamy art of New LA below.

Source: Dev post, patch notes. Thanks, Siphaed!

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LoganDarklighter
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LoganDarklighter

Nreff dragonwhimsy If it ain’t Baroque, don’t fix it! :D

jonny_sage
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jonny_sage

7BitBrian Nreff jonny_sage yeah, but it would be more immserive if it happened more often. like real time

McGuffn
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McGuffn

Nreff nahenway Yes! They do the ribbon cutting ceremony on the new lion statue and a few seconds later mad king crashes through it.

Elikal Ialborcales
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Elikal Ialborcales

It was really cool to see the rubble was removed; and apparently, the new city will be huge, given the building stuff.

Loyheta
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Loyheta

Finally. I loved LA when I first started playing it. THen they blew it up and I didn’t have a home :(

Xijit
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Xijit

ManastuUtakata Siphaed

You do have a thing for pink symmetry

7BitBrian
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7BitBrian

Nreff jonny_sage Add onto that now the new scaffolding and building sites. And then in the end the new a  complete Lions Arch. So technically it started with ruined LA, then cleared LA, Slightly rebuilt and populated LA, now we get even more building LA, and then we will get finally finished LA.

5 phases total from destruction to completion all spread over about a year an a half. Not bad really.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

Siphaed ManastuUtakata 
/sigh
…if there is one silver lining I could take from this, with a bit of re-adjusting the design and touching up the tone, the LA possibly could end up with this upon release. /wiggles pigtails

Devil Olive
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Devil Olive

Nreff dragonwhimsy Egyptian farmers under contract during the off season.

Xephyr
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Xephyr

Styopa And I die a little every time people talk about ”realism” in a fantasy game.