Guild Wars 1 programmer answers fan questions, affirms the game’s continued existence

Do you have any burning questions about Guild Wars? No, not Guild Wars 2 — the original, the one that has long fallen out of the public eye? ArenaNet Studio Tech Director Stephen Clarke-Willson, who goes by SCW on the forums, posted an open AMA on Reddit for those still curious about the old game.

And before you ask, no, the studio isn’t going to be making any content changes to this maintenance mode title. “It’s hard work just to get the art tools up and running, so making content changes are pretty unlikely,” he told one player. There are also no plans for an HD version.

He does go into a lot of the details of the server structure, the creation of the technology behind the game, and how ArenaNet streamlined the title to make it accessible and low cost.

Even though Guild Wars is merely existing at this point, it sounds as though it will be doing so for a while to come: “There is no plan to shut down the servers. Quite the contrary. We just put a lot of effort into making sure the game can run for a long time at very reasonable cost. I was about to say it would be hard to make the game ‘offline compatible’ but then I thought of a way to do it. That shouldn’t be necessary though because the game is so efficient to run.”

Source: Reddit via WoodenPotatoes
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kgptzac

I still remember they unceremoniously canceled the Elona chapter of the GW2 tie-in event series. Let’s be serious here: ANet will drop the game when it no longer makes business sense, however they want to spin how cheaply their server costs are.

Diablo II can play offline mode. ANet should do justice to GW1 before the inevitable happens.

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Sander Thomassen

Thanks for posting this article. I wouldn’t have found this thread until months later and it would have gone stale. I’m an enormous gw1 fan and am completely digging this ama!

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semugh

yeah, virtualization tech’s got pretty slick since 2006. And bandwidth is dirt cheap nowdays.

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Tanek

I had something remind me this past weekend that I am still 4 points shy of my GW1 Hall of Monuments goal. I’d been in to play every so often, but now I need to get serious again and put up a few more statues!

(And, I mean, the guild name there is Massively Overpowered, so how can I go wrong? ;) )

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Bree Royce

One of the greats! I was just discussing with my husband how I think our son will be able to handle GW1 in a few years and I’m excited to get to go back with him and show him the ropes. :D

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gelfred

I still dabble, servers are not the best ping anymore but they did something last year than helped with some rubberbanding issues.

Always a fun game, and a similar game coming out today I would wholly welcome.

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Alex Willis

I really like the lore of the Guild Wars world, but only started into the IP with GW2. After watching several lore recaps of GW1 I seriously considered going into the game to give it a shot, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. Suffice it to say that I hope this model of maintenance-mode curation extends beyond GW1, because it’s a strong testament to the quality of the lore to have it around.

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CMDR Crow

I was about to say it would be hard to make the game ‘offline compatible’ but then I thought of a way to do it.

And this, folks, is how development works 90% of the time.

I hope GW1 stays up forever. What a great game.

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Nate Woodard

There are still quite a few people going strong in GW. I still have friends that like myself, log in from time to time just to see what’s happening. The majority of people are still in Kamadan spamming chat for different things, and it’s still quite nostalgic.

I will say, I’m glad it’s still around. I miss the oldies but goodies and while I think I like the resurgence of more classic mmo’s, I’m not sure I like what Trion is doing by launching fresh start servers for Archeage or the Prime servers for Rift.

Anyway, I don’t want to derail the topic. Long live Guild Wars!

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Castagere Shaikura

Rift prime server is for people with no self control with spending money in the cash shop.

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Angel

Personally I’m glad to hear they plan on leaving the lights on for a while, my hubby and I like to jump into it and play it still sometimes. We have many happy memories from Guild Wars, and sometimes it’s fun to go back to it.