Guild Wars 2 is bringing back the Festival of the Four Winds next week – it’s the next best thing to Cantha

    
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You know what Guild Wars 2 could use right about now? How about a festival? Yeah! How about the return of a festival that’s been dormant for years? Yassss! How about the Festival of the Four Winds? Bringit!

“On July 24, a big summer celebration is blowing in—the Festival of the Four Winds! A collaborative effort by Her Royal Majesty Queen Jennah of Kryta, the Zephyrites, the Lionguard, and even the Black Lion Trading Company, this annual festival brings back popular summertime activities in both Divinity’s Reach and the Labyrinthine Cliffs.”

As it did way back in 2014, the Festival offers numerous minigames; the wiki lists dolyak flying, the Sanctum Spring race, and the Aspect Arena battle, and it’s a good bet we’ll see some of those brought up to date with the game’s current mechanics (like mounts). ArenaNet’s official blurb this year also mentions hot air balloons (wheee) and the Boss Blitz, whose “vicious villains and their contemptable compatriots are represented by the new, improved, and entirely secure Watchknight Mk II system.” Definitely updated for 2018!

And the best part is that everything looks like Cantha. Which is in my estimation exactly as it should be. The launch is on July 24th.

Source: Official site, press release. Cheers, Mike!
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TomTurtle

Such a nice surprise!

Labyrinthine Cliffs gave a lovely scavenger hunt that has continued on in other content in various forms which I adore. I’m happy to go back to this map along with the Crown Pavilion map content. I’ll be jumping in on the solo boss battles, which are a greatly enjoyable challenge, as well as the zerg content below that is nice content to relax to while doing something else.

That this is all coming back as annual festival content is wonderful. I missed it, and now I’ll have another festival to look forward to every year.

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Coldin Torrence

Um. Didn’t this place get destroyed?

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imayb1

In the lore, the Zephyrite leader died and the flying ships crashed all over Dry Top. Devs say we’ll get some updated lore about how they are recovering.

https://magazine.gaiscioch.com/articles/the_zephyrites_return_and_we_talk_to_arenanet.html

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Zariarn

I was hoping to see this festival return. I’ve always enjoyed it. Lots of fun

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Bob Dobalina

Can’t wait to fight Suriel the Blazing Light. She must have stamina for days after running around LA for the past 4 years training.

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Arsin Halfmoon

Lol apparently she’s no longer in LA right now because she’s travelling to the festival now

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ihatevnecks

All I remember from last time was leveling a bunch of characters through the gauntlet. Those were good times.

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Arsin Halfmoon

Oooooo that sounds fun, hopefully the zephtrites dont crash land somewhere after this festival

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Yuen

Ermahgawd…can’t wait…I missed almost all of that event the last time it was out.

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blah blazh

Apparently they added some additional bosses to the gauntlet as well. Looking forward to this.

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Line

Both the Crown Pavilion and the Bazaar? That’s actually really cool, especially since it’s literally been 4 years…
I kinda want to see how the zephyrites hold up nowadays, there’s no better “living” story than see the consequences of them being almost destroyed; and the rebuilding that players took part in game.
It only took three years and a half but it’s better than nothing. Always useful to bring back old content too.

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Matthäus Wey

Content hooray \(._.)/

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abyssalstar

This news makes me so happy! I loved these events!