Guild Wars 2 celebrates 7 million accounts as Heart of Thorns arrives

    
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ArenaNet is up at the crack of dawn to officially announce that Guild Wars 2’s Heart of Thorns expansion is now live and available at digital and retail locations throughout Europe and North America. A company press release also says that the game has topped 7 million global player accounts, and to celebrate, ArenaNet has published one of those lengthy infographic things featuring “hard data and fun factoids” including a staggering 1.4 billion total hours played.

Heart of Thorns adds a new masteries system that redefines endgame progression, as well as guild halls, new personal story chapters, a new PvP map and mode, the new revenant profession, and new weapons and skills for each of Guild Wars 2’s existing professions.

Click past the cut to view the infographic, trailer, and new pics!

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Source: ArenaNet press release
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Tina Lauro
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Tina Lauro

In case you missed it in the replies and are checking back to find out, I’ve now made a secondary account so I could join you folks in the MOP guild! Hit me up in-game (Tinabeans.8064) or in a reply with your account name to be added.

rhaps85
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Midgetsnowman cures Bannex19 Took me a weekend to casually unlock 100% of my elite spec, i expored the first two maps doing so. For the majority of that journey i had about 70% unlocked, Once you unlock the elite spec weapon you’re good to go, its not raiding or speed dungeon clearing its just open world and personal story.

Sorenthaz
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apmartinez765 Sorenthaz  Oh yeah they’ve probably got 1-2 million still, though that probably applies worldwide unless it’s picked up massively in China.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

SoMuchMass Sorenthaz  And that’s a great example of why that stuff is ridiculous to brag about.

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Sorenthaz yeah I kind of hate these kinds of inflated numbers, but I bet they have around 2 million  or so active accts, still a very healthy sized player base. I may jump back into GW when this thing goes on sale in like 6 ,os or so .

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Bannex19 “Gated exploration. They’ve taken one of the core non combat gameplay mechanics, put it in a vertical map that’s horribly frustrating to run around and then gated all the valuable stuff off with grinding masteries. It’s like silverwastes only way way worse.”
Quoted for truth. 
I know this latest direction for GW2 seems to please many, but it’s disappointing to me. I enjoyed GW2 (though not so much the Living Story stuff). In HoT it feels as though ArenaNet gathered together all the worst features and aspects of the Living Story (especially Season 2) and decided to make an entire expansion out of them.
Love it or hate it, I think it’s fair to say that HoT feels very — VERY — different from the original (vanilla GW2) game.

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Midgetsnowman Xephyr Yangers eh you can unlock like half of your elite spec right away if you had map completion pre-HoT, if not, you can unlock your weapon and class mechanic for only 60pts, that’s what I did. I’ve been playing through the content as a dragonhunter. :)

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cures Bannex19 of coyurse. if you wanted to play as an elite spec to see the new zones as well, well, add a few more weeks to that grind.

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Midgetsnowman

Xephyr Yangers Its a grind fast if your mind is set on playing through Hot as an elite class, though.

I was. Now knowing doing so is about 400 hero points, yeah, Nah.

cures
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cures

Bannex19 what is all this grind-talk?! you have every tool you need to explore after 1-5 days, depending on your playstyle.