Guild Wars 2 winter 2016 update, gliding confirmed for Central Tyria

As part of Game Director Colin Johanson‘s Q1 state of play update, ArenaNet has confirmed that gliding is coming to the Guild Wars 2 zones that we know as Central Tyria after being warmly received as part of the Heart of Thorns zone-specific mastery system last October. Switched-on, eagle-eyed fans had already guessed that Central Tyria gliding was on the cards after a little teaser clip was shown during a recent livestream, but those whispers have now been solidly confirmed as a part of the 2016 Winter update additions coming on January 26.

Central Tyria gliding was far from the only news to come out of the state of play update: 2016 is set to be the year of balance and depth, promises Johanson, with regular seasonal game updates with “a focus on new content and polish for our existing, successful parts of the game.” In two weeks, we’ll see the first of these seasonal updates that will bring gliding to Central Tyria, improvements to the Shatterer boss fight including a new achievement category, a new PvP Mist Champion, quality-of-life improvements for fractals, better event recognition for healer and support builds, new marker and promotion tools for the squad UI, and much more.

The first quarter of 2016’s development timeline doesn’t end with the Winter 2016 update; the Lunar New Year event starts with the update and ends on February 9th. The next raid wing, called Salvation Pass, will allow raiders to continue the hunt for the missing Pact squad. The new PvP League season kicks off on February 23rd. And $200,000 is up for grabs next month in the Pro League Season One Championship. Johanson left us with a teaser plan for the rest of the year, mentioning Living World Season 3, fractals improvements that even includes new fractals (yippee!), and the big WvW overhaul we’re waiting on. Whew, what a year it’s set to be! Read the full details on the official website.

Source: Press release, dev blog
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DugFromTheEarth Tina Lauro MassivelyMacD I absolutely, 100%, agree with you on the possibly over looked and strange “reentry barrier” for GW2; you would no doubt be lost in this game after a 6 month hiatus.  I took a 2-3 month hiatus to come back and feel that I just couldn’t get my bearings in the game.  It is a hindering feeling of being overwhelmed by numerous insurmountable goals and objectives.  This is mainly due to GW2 being based on substance-less never ending farming and grinding.  Instead of the cash shop tying into the story, I feel like the story is but a thread connecting one new cash shop release to the next.  This is my humble opinion, of course.

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DugFromTheEarth Line with more hugs Tina Lauro MassivelyMacD
Like missing what?
The last missable living story was 22 months ago. 
If you don’t want a changing world, may as well forget MMOs. Or not, since now that’s all they are, instanced set pieces for the solo player that don’t want to speak to anyone I guess…

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rgkeydet Dystopiq Superbrak The same reason that Silverwaste was packed since it came out till HoT because it’s the best way to earn resources to use or sell.

Grimmtooth
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Grimmtooth

squidgod2000 No you are not the only one squidgod I HATE them as well.
This is the death knell for me and GW2. I need a new computer to play in the new zones because of the vertically. (I am running a 6+ year old MAC) If I am going to get a decidaced gaming rig then I’ll break down and get a Windows machine instead of the MAC. When I do that I have a laundry list of other games I want to try; TSW, SWTOR, FFXIV, RIFT, & ESO off the top of my head.

7BitBrian
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7BitBrian

MatthewRiddle Much of this was already completed. Many of the events were fine already and the worst (Chak Gerent) has already seen a nerf.

7BitBrian
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Superbrak Dystopiq Some of us still get groups together and run them and teach new players every once in a while. Keep an eye on the LFGs and/or start one yourself.

7BitBrian
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7BitBrian

Siphaed Next up I want Forgal and Sieran! God I loved the Order mentors, all had great stories I wish were expanded upon more than they were.

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Tina Lauro bryanjturner Looking forward to it.

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boots2

Go to a custom daily server. Get all the tokens you need. I haven’t touched CoE explo paths but have the full set

Superbrak
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DugFromTheEarth I with ya there. I took advantage of the economic upheaval to sell mats like crazy and buy the LS chapters I missed with gold.
If that weren’t an option, GW2 would have remained uninstalled.