Guild Wars 2 announces Flashpoint living story episode, price drop for Heart of Thorns

Super Adventure Box departed Guild Wars 2 last week, so you had to expect we were on the brink of seeing another episode of the living story. Indeed, ArenaNet has just announced that very episode: It’s called Flashpoint, it’s apparently the next-to-last episode of season three, and it’s launching in just one week on May 2nd.

“Flashpoint finds the forces of good fighting a battle on two fronts. The fight against the now more powerful Elder Dragons seemingly has turned in their favor with news that Taimi’s research has resulted in a machine that can stop them with a single decisive blow. Meanwhile, the powerful mursaat Lazarus – who returned mysteriously purporting to be an ally – has been revealed to be an imposter. Marjory Delaqua attached herself to him to investigate and is now headed back to Rata Novus without discovering much about the truth of his identity. Both paths converge as Lazarus is on his way for a confrontation; in Flashpoint, players will uncover shocking secrets and come face-to-face with a threat unlike any they’ve seen before.”

ArenaNet is also permanently dropping the price of Heart of Thorns by 20 bucks, meaning that the cheapest buy-in for the game’s first expansion is now $29.99. (Maybe it’s another hint that the under-construction expansion isn’t that far away, eh?)

As always, even if you’re not currently active in Guild Wars 2, and even if you don’t own Heart of Thorns, you should still log into the game and “bank” the episode once it’s live, that way you’ll have it ready to go the next time you’re playing for real.

The teaser trailer is below!

Source: Press release, official site
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Sally Bowls

My casual assumption was that the next expansion would be announced in May, ship in Sept and that HoT would be included/free. Unsurprisingly, this is probably wrong. In my scenario, I would have expected HoT to be cheaper by now.

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miol

You should call yourself salty bowls! ;P

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James Crow

you right about the expansion but one thing is for sure.
the new expansion not going to come with HoT for free.
you thinking it because of the last time they do it with the base game but you need to know they not going to give every product for free and the f2p launch wasn’t free success.

now that what going to happens.
in gw1 every expansion was stand-alone game.

that why in gw2, every expansion going to be:
Expansion + Base Game (without restriction) and option for boost or start over with max lv character on the new zone.

ANET not stupid. there a reason why company not giving old expansion for free every time new one came up.

the only thing that can be is something like buy the new one and the first one for half price (limit time offer)

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KhaidaG .

Actually it’s been publicly known for almost 2 years that the next expansion is going to come with HoT bundled in for free.
“In the future, if we release further Guild Wars 2 expansions, we plan to offer all of the prior expansions, the core game, and the latest expansion for one single purchase price.”
Source: https://www.guildwars2.com/en/news/pre-purchase-community-address/

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James Crow

i remember that, I just not believe to ANet :D
they change there mind before… and not one time

also – all previews expansion for free but if new player want to do LS they miss they need to pay for it.. sound funny to me

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Anastasis Kontostergios

Time to start asking the big questions, what do we feed the new cat?

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Xephyr

Looking more and more like a Q4 2017 expansion release date :)

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Carlo Rossi

Lazarus is Scruffy 2.0, the new Taimi golem!

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7BitBrian

Slightly sooner than I was expecting. Excited to see how this shakes out and who Lazarus really is, there have been a lot of theories floating around for a while now.

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TomTurtle

Big cheer for Kasmeer’s return!

Boo for Councillor Phlunt!

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Line

I wonder where the new map is. Looks green.
Hope that they’ll find a better daily system than what they have in place, the hearts and their meager rewards would not be much fun, if expanded to the next expansion.

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miol

By this nonstop overuse in all kinds of media, “flashpoint” really has lost any meaning to me by now! :/

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Search&limit=500&offset=0&profile=default&search=Flashpoint

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Swifty

Recently came back to GW2, (nothing else to play right now). Working through season 2 at the moment.

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SeedEve

Damn you Barry Allen :)