Guild Wars 2 restores Lion’s Arch and personal storyline

    
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It’s a day of grand restoration in Guild Wars 2, starting with the re-opening of Lion’s Arch. Today’s patch debuts what ArenaNet is calling New Lion’s Arch, a rebuilt trading harbor following its destruction last year by the hand of Scarlet Briar.

Lion’s Arch isn’t the only thing that’s making a return. The dev team also restored sections of the personal story that were removed for retooling. The revamped storyline features minor and major improvements, including allowing solo players to finish the final missions.

Want more? Guild Wars 2 players will discover the old trait system gone and the new specialization system in its place, skill points converted into spirit shards, a better leveling experience, and some combat conditions reworked to allow for more flexibility.

You can go on two New Lion’s Arch video tours after the break!

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Werewolf Finds Dragon
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Werewolf Finds Dragon

I just wish Guild Wars 2 was ever as incredible as its concept art. And as diverse and fantastic as its concept art, to boot. It just isn’t. It’s nice and all, but I’m still waiting for the MMO where they hire intelligent artists and writers that won’t pull Mary Sue nonsense, and allow them to be in charge.
Elder Scrolls Online has come close to that in the writing, yes, but… not the art. I’m not sure I’d say GW2 is any closer, though. I can’t really think of an MMO that’s actually been particularly aesthetically pretty if I’m honest. Free Realms, maybe?

confectionally
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confectionally

Nreff confectionally It’s gone. :( I’m whispers and the bookshelf there leads to a tiny featureless room that teleports you to the Chantry.  A poor substitute, to be honest.

Devil Olive
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Devil Olive

Nreff Devil Olive Nope. Hate those money sucking teleports.  Not really a big deal since I have mounts galore in my current MMO of choice.

mosselyn
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ColdinT I like it OK, in general, but I’m totally with you on the silly nautical creature buildings. Makes it feel like a theme park instead of a city. A lobster building, really? I miss the crazy boat architecture of the old city, too. 
All that being said, the new memorial is pretty awesome, and I like the areas around the walls. But, yeah, it doesn’t feel like LA at all.

Devil Olive
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Devil Olive

There is so much open, empty space in Lion’s Arch I really missed not having a mount.  The new city is nice and all, but not enough to get me and my wallet back.  Sorry Anet.

Day2Dan
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Day2Dan

The new LA finally feels like an actual CITY. There are residences everywhere, and a design that resembles a functional city center. The old GW2 LA felt more like a glorified dock than a place one could actually live. I’m really impressed and happy with the change.

Esoteric Coyote
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Esoteric Coyote

omedon666 Esoteric Coyote This is magic!  =O

Day2Dan
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jamesbanksatl The addition of Elite Specializations in Heart of Thorns and forward prompted this change. Under the old system, the new concept of Elite Specializations would not have worked. In addition, there were some consequences of the old system that many folks (including Anet) were not happy with, such as having stats tied to traits (causing some builds to be ineffective), having too many useless traits, etc.

digi_owl
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Rustybladez Yeah the old one actually felt lived in. This feels quite a bit like a Disney park when i think about it. Looking awesome when you first enter, turning bland once you stay a while.

digi_owl
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digi_owl

Siphaed dragonwhimsy kgptzac Well they did change to a “on demand” patching system recently. I suspect everyone get the new LA as a required patch, and then if you try to enter a personal story instance taking place in old LA you get to wait on the download for a bit.