Guild Wars 2 takes you behind the scenes of New Lion’s Arch

    
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Now that you’ve had a day or two to properly ooh and ahh over the reconstructed New Lion’s Arch in Guild Wars 2 like a tourist, you might be curious about how the devs went about making this new hub.

A behind-the-scenes dev blog is your semi-access pass to the minds at ArenaNet as the team explains the decision behind destroying Lion’s Arch (mostly because it was a city shared by all races) and the opportunity that rebuilding it presented.

“Services were sprawled haphazardly across [old Lion’s Arch], and there were few places to gather freely,” the article notes. “The layout also created a resource drain, so rebuilding presented a good opportunity to arrange or remove elements that significantly impacted performance.”

The team pointed out that not only is New Lion’s Arch more user-friendly, but it’s more roleplay-friendly as well, adding social areas such as a chapel for in-game weddings.

Source: Guild Wars 2
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confectionally
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confectionally

As a roleplayer I’m still feeling pretty sad over every single one of the buildings I used being gone.

Zariarn
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Zariarn

Leviathonlx BalsBigBrother BobDobalina I agree.

Zariarn
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Zariarn

meltedskul BalsBigBrother BobDobalina Leviathonlx Dead on

Zariarn
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Zariarn

I think the new LA is a big letdown.  The new theme has to much of a tourist trap feeling.  I loved the old theme much better.

Cujo H
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Cujo H

Serrenity  Poor 3d models. Poor overall art aesthetic.  Small textures laid out over large surfaces causing the texture to look blurry and low res when in-game.  No overall cohesive artistic vision which leads the zone to feel feel rushed and/or done by an artist that has little to no experience in the field.

Serrenity
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Serrenity

Cujo H how does a zone in a F2P game feel?

Serrenity
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Serrenity

Tenthyr I wonder if they left it open to have a place to put big event things?  Like the in-game holidays.

Tenthyr
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Tenthyr

I like the new LA, mostly, but the central area of the Grand Piazza and the space aroudn it are very very empty of stuff. It doesn’t feel like a crowded, important city. It’s a bit of a shame.

Kalamari
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Kalamari

i like the new LA more, than the old one. it has cool architecture and everything has meaning. maybe it is a little bit to “white” and “bright”, but on the other side it makes sense, because everything is new. ;) 
the routes between the services are also ok. TP/chef/cooking station or bank/miyani/MF is acceptable! 

i’m very sad that wintersday will stay in DR though. i didn’t liked it there last year…
but i’m very excited for the new halloween now!

Cujo H
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Cujo H

I just went to look around the new place, as I didn’t know it was “a thing”.

Man, the old one was way cooler looking, like a pirate town.  The 3d models were nicer and the overall… immersion was way better.  The new zone feels like a free 2 play game.